WATCH: When Khabib Nurmagomedov Took on a Live Bear

Published 02/16/2021, 1:15 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia compete against Dustin Poirier of United States in their Lightweight Title Bout during the UFC 242 event at The Arena on September 07, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the most sought after names in the sport of MMA. The Dagestani mixed martial artist is the current UFC Lightweight Champion. He is also #1 in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound rankings. 


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The Russian boasts of a number of records to his name. However, one of the most impressive records is that of the longest win streaks in the promotion. He holds a record of  29-0 in his MMA career and has also won Combat Sambo World Championship.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia celebrates his victory over Justin Gaethje in their lightweight title bout during the UFC 254 event on October 25, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

In one of his interviews, this is what he said, “I know a lot of fighters fight for the money, but money is not everything for me. I know money is very important for life, but I have money.


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“I never use MMA to make money. MMA for me is about my life, about my blood, and about everything I do all my life. Money, I can make money with other stuff. I have money and have everything. I need the belt.”

The Eagle fighting a bear

Nurmagomedov spent most of his early life in a small village in Russia. There have been videos and pictures of the then 9-year-old fighter wrestling with a bear. It was seen that ‘The Eagle’ is hitting single legs, high groin rolls, and double legs against his ursine rival.

When asked about Nurmagomedov’s fights with a bear, his father Abdulmanap said this, “Firstly, a child always wants his father to see what his son is capable of.

“It is a pity that there was nothing more interesting when he was younger. In the end, this was a test of character more than exercise.” (h/t- ToFight.Ru)

The undefeated lightweight champion’s father Abdulmanap has been a pillar of success for his son. He called his fighting with bears an old habit and is more of a test of his character. Bears are an old friend of The Eagle, and he has been wrestling with them from a young age.

Is Khabib Nurmagomedov the GOAT?

The 29-0 lightweight fighter has undoubtedly proved himself in all ways possible. He is considered one of the superstars in the UFC. His fan following definitely reveals how much people are eager to see him in the octagon.

The fighter is a dominant athlete in the world of Mixed Martial Artist who enjoys knocking out his opponents. In one of his interviews, this is what he said, “My background is to smash opponents – make him flat, make him give up, make him broken; this is my style. This is what I  do all my life.

“I have wrestling guys as opponents, I have striking guys as opponents – it doesn’t matter; all the time, I keep going. This is not about, ‘Now I have this opponent and now I have to break him.’ This is my style.


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“It doesn’t matter who my opponent is, it doesn’t matter. I’m going to keep going and I’m going to break these guys.”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: Khabib Nurmagomedov interacts with media during the UFC 249 press conference at T-Mobile Arena on March 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The 32-year-old declared his retirement after his last fight against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 because he did not want to fight in the absence of his father.


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With an undefeated professional record of 29-0, all the MMA fans around the world are eagerly waiting for his comeback. He is undoubtedly one of the best fighters out there who is an inspiration to a million fans from all over the world.


Abhilasha Singh

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Abhilasha Singh is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Having completed her post-graduation from The University of Texas in Austin, she combines her keen eye for details and her love for the sport to give readers pristine content on everything UFC. Abhilasha is a hardcore fan of Amanda Nunes, Georges St Pierre, and Stipe Miocic, but Conor McGregor is the one who tops her list.