Watch: Khabib Nurmagomedov Mauls Opponent Securing Record 21 Takedowns in One Fight

Published 02/19/2020, 8:52 AM EST


Khabib Nurmagomedov is a fighter that no one has been able to dominate in the UFC Universe. He remains undefeated to date, and his MMA record is as spotless as it can be. He is a master of various martial arts and this attribute of his helps The Eagle contain opponents under his wings.

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Khabib boasts of the top honors in the most difficult martial arts. The wide array of martial arts he has conquered provides him with the ability to not run out of options. In any fight, Khabib can alter his fighting style to match his requirements.  He is a champion in the fields of Army Hand-to-Hand Combat, Pankration, Judo and Samba.

Khabib’s most deadly weapon is the fact that he is a two-time champion in Combat Sambo. The fighting style was designed for use of the military by the USSR. His expertise in the style adds most to his lethality.

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Khabib favors a fighting style which consists of dominant wrestling. He constantly attempts to take down his opponent with a variety of sambo and judo with belligerent speed. The opponent finds himself constantly struggling against grappling attacks, unable to fire one on his own.

The frequency of wrestling involved in Khabib’s game leads towards mauling. Therefore, it is no surprise that he holds the record for the highest number of takedowns in a single fight.

UFC 160: Khabib Nurmagomedov sets UFC record for the number of takedowns in a single fight

Khabib went face-to-face with Abel Trujillo at UFC 160 on 25 May 2013. The Lightweight bout went the length of three rounds and Khabib emerged victorious by unanimous decision. While the fight did last long enough to make some think the fight was balanced, the fact is entirely opposite.

Khabib put up one of his best wrestling performances that night, throwing Abel left and right, takedown after takedown. Khabib was truly in his prime form that night. In fact, the result indicates that the length of the fight actually acted as a boon.

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In the course of the fight, The Eagle had set an all-new record for the highest number of takedowns in a single fight. Out of 28 attempts, Khabib successfully took down his opponent a record 21 times and the record remains unbroken even today.

It is safe to say that Khabib is currently in the prime of his career. He is the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion and will next defend his title against Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson. Tony is probably one of the most formidable opponents that Khabib has gone up against. Will Khabib be able to put a performance impactful enough to overpower The Boogeyman?

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