WATCH: Khabib Nurmagomedov’s First Ever UFC Fight When He Wrestled His Opponent Into Submission

Published 01/25/2022, 10:30 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia reacts after his submission 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)

Many people consider Khabib Nurmagomedov the UFC lightweight G.O.A.T. While that is up for discussion, no one can deny that Nurmagomedov had an incredible UFC career.

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Now, though, the Dagestani fighter has retired and has taken larger responsibilities of helping his teammates, as well as running his own promotion.

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However, Nurmagomedov’s fans certainly love to look back at his previous fights. ‘The Eagle’ made his UFC debut back in 2012. He faced Kamal Shalorus and won through a submission. This fight was also the first time he fought in the cage.

The fight took place in Nashville, Tennessee, and was Khabib’s first fight in the United States. Shalorus looked great in the fight. However, after Khabib landed a left punch on Shalorus’ face, he engaged in a vicious ground and pound. As a result, the Iranian fighter tried his best to defend himself. However, Khabib’s wrestling made sure that he was on the ground for as long as possible.

Shalorus even managed to get back on his feet, but ‘The Eagle’ made sure to get the fight on the ground again. He held the Iranian in a rear-naked choke and forced him to tap. The Russian fighter, thus, won his first UFC fight in a spectacular fashion.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov: MMA career

Nurmagomedov has had an extremely eventful MMA career. He fought for several promotions before joining the UFC. At the UFC, he faced some top opponents, like Rafael dos Anjos and Edson Barboza. However, his fans remember his title defense fights the most.

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In 2018, Khabib defeated Al Iaquinta and became the lightweight champion. He then went on to defend his title against big names like Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, and Justin Gaethje. The athlete eventually retired with a perfect 29-0-0 record.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – NOVEMBER 08: Khabib Nurmagomedov interacts with fans during a Q&A session prior to the UFC Fight Night weigh-ins at CSKA Arena on November 08, 2019 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Many fans would have ideally loved to see him face Tony Ferguson in the octagon. His rivalry with Ferguson was huge. However, their bout got canceled five times. The MMA fans all around the world lost out on an epic battle.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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