Khabib Nurmagomedov celebrates his 33rd birthday today as we look at the Eagles MMA career from 2008 to 2021. Khabib was born in Sidi in Tsumadinsky District of the Dagestan ASSR. His father was an army veteran who had been wrestling from a young age while getting himself trained in other martial art forms. Khabib who had the utmost respect for his father has trained under him and began to wrestle at the young age of 8 years where he gained an interest in MMA while seeing the others train in the gym. Khabib made his MMA debut in 2008 and went on to fight for a long time in the Pro FC and M1 as he later walked into the octagon of the UFC in 2012.
The Russian started his pro career in CSFU where he registered his first career win by defeating Vusal Bayramov. Since then the Eagle has gone on to win the other 28 fights while registering no defeats to stand at 29-0 in MMA. Khabib walked into the UFC while holding a very impressive record of 16win and no defeats and had continued to build on that in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He went on to beat some of the sports best fighters like PatHealy, Edson Barboza and Rafael Dos Anjos very early on in the UFC that shot him right to the top of the ladder.
Khabib then challenged Al LaQuinta and successfully defeated him to become the UFC Lightweight Champion of the world. The title on his shoulder grabbed the attention of Conor McGregor as the whole situation got out of hand which announced their fight as one of the biggest UFC events in history. Khabib then defeated the Irishman. Two fights later proved to be Khabib’s last ever fight in MMA as he shocked the world in a post-fight octagon interview with Joe Rogan announcing his retirement due to the death of his father and could not fight more without his mentor in his corner.
The Eagle ended his MMA career with 29 wins that included 8 TKO’s, 11 Submissions and 10 by the decision that kept him as the longest-reigning Lightweight Champion of the UFC running from April 2018 to March 2021.