Khabib Nurmagomedov despite being a champion and a big name of the industry has not been very well known by many people around the world as compared to Conor McGregor. However, since the fight against McGregor vs Khabib was announced last month, people have started searching more about Khabib Nurmagomedov to see who the Eagle really is. This has increased a lot of fans to search for cheapest pay per view option.
We took the liberty of letting you people know some of the most interesting facts about Khabib Nurmagomedov.
1. Rough Childhood
Khabib Nurmagomedov was born and raised in the extremely tough and harsh surroundings both geographically and politically. He was born in the cold and rough mountains of Dagestan, a place near Russia, which has been a victim of terrorism and poverty.
The father Khabib Nurmagomedov was himself a Sambo champion, Martial artist and freestyle wrestler. He had his own gym and training facility where he trained Khabib himself.
2. He is a well decorated Athlete
Khabib has not only accomplished the UFC octagon but he has also conquered these things too:
- Been a two-time gold medalist at world sambo championship.
- Twice a gold medalist in Russian national Sambo championships.
- Won two No-Gi Grappling Tournaments in North America
- Winner of the Army hand-to-hand European Championship
- European Pankration Champion
Khabib has a history of being victorious at every sport that he has participated in and that is what makes him a true warrior.
3. Became a father on the day of his fight UFC 219
The night of UFC 219 was not just a defining moment of his UFC career but also of his personal life. At UFC 219, he accomplished a big leap in his career by defeating Barboza and at the same night, he became a father just a few hours before his match.
Ironic was to see him behaving so casually when he was asked about his emotions and whether he regrets that he was not there with is family, to which he had a cold response.
4. Never lost a single round
Yes! It is true that Khabib Nurmagomedov has not only won every fight bit he has also never lost a single round. That is what differentiates him form other fighters and this is why his 26-0 winning streak is so special.
This is an intriguing fact that Conor McGregor should keep in consideration because Khabib is a determined fighter who does not let anything stop him.
5. He is one of the most Popular Athlete in Russia
You might remember the time when Khabib was praising his homeland to the Irish (McGregor) in the post-match at UFC 205 post-fight talk saying “ Irish 6 million, Russia 1250 million” Well, Khabib was not stating a fact for a geography class but he was rather telling the number of people that are behind him.
Khabib is a national hero in this sport for the Russian people and wherever he goes, Russians are there to support him. Another great name that pops in our mind when we think of a world-renowned Russian athlete is Maria Sharapova, who is a tennis star and champion at many stages. The number of fans of Khabib Nurmagomedov has left far behind even her popularity on social media. We can say that currently, Khabib Nurmagomedov is the most popular athlete in Russia.
6. Has faced only two top of the line opponents Barbosa and RDA
One thing to notice while analyzing the career of Khabib Nurmagomedov in UFC is that he has only competed against two big names in his whole career.
Edson Barboza at UFC 219 and Rafael dos Anjos are the only two prominent names in the list of Khabib’s competitors that can be called tough opponents. However, Conor McGregor will be something way too above those fighters. Conor McGregor is a tyrant who has a unique fighting style of his own. This will surely be the toughest opponent for Khabib Nurmagomedov of his entire career.
7. Returned from injuries after two year break
Khabib loves this sport and that is visible by his determination inside and outside the ring. However, one thing that many people are unaware of is that Khabib had been away from UFC for two year; April 2014 to April 2016. The two-year break that he took was because of the recurring career threatening injuries that he suffered from during trainings.
According to the sources, at one point he almost gave up and decided to retire from UFC but his father is the reason he returned to the octagon.