Khabib Abdulmanapovich Nurmagomedov, a professional mix martial artist who has not lost a single game since his debut, his record, 28-0, is the longest winning streak by any Mixed Martial Artist. A lot of UFC writers and analysts think he never lost a single round let alone the fight. What makes him so successful? Here we are going to find it out, let’s have a look at his strengths, techniques, and fighting background.
Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov was brought up by his parents in the mountains of Dagestan Region of Russia. His father, who himself is a fighter, built a gym in their house and started training Khabib when he was a kid. He was brought up fighting with bears, a video can be seen where Khabib is fighting a bear when he was barely 6 to 8 years old. Abdulmanapovich trained Khabib very hard to get through because he had to face deadly fighters in the cage in upcoming years. During his teenage, Khabib was well trained in Wrestling, Judo, Sambo, and grappling. He is widely considered as the best grappler on the planet.
Khabib Nurmagomedov started his UFC career in 2012 where he beat his opponent Shalorus in the third round via submission. It was just a start and then he never looked back and excelled as the greatest. He fought and fought hard and kept moving towards the world title, in 2018 he accomplished his dreams after beating Al Laquita to become a Lightweight champion. The first Muslim and the second Russian world champion.
Khabib Nurmagomedov has won 10 bouts via submission, he pushes his opponents towards submission with a mixture of wrestling and sambo. He binds his opponent’s legs and leaves them helpless and dictates his terms inside the octagon to hit them at will. When we look at his recent fights we see that he beat one of the biggest names of the MMA; McGregor, in the fourth round while defending his title last October, Conor converted this fight into the bad blood to create the hype and many times crossed his limits during the promotional meet ups, Khabib took it very seriously and humiliated Conor inside the ring, literally mopped the floor with him. In this fight, viewers saw Conor kissing the canvas for the first time in his career with a right hook to the jaw. Later on, Khabib faced Dustin Poirier and also finished him in the third round via submission. If you will ever face Khabib in the ring you need to have the strength in your legs to block the force of the push. He will push you hard toward the fence and after that, he will take one down and game over.
This is how Khabib Nurmagomedov is very good at pushing his opponents towards submission but when we have a look at his career we come to know that he is also a point scorer. He has won 10 games via decision – all unanimous – which showcases him as a point scorer as well. His Sambo style gives him this strength to score some good points. His class is hidden in his speed, stamina, and movement. He moves in the cage so sharp that it is difficult to read him.
Let’s have a look at another aspect of Khabib’s career which is his devastating power, 8 times he has knocked his opponent out during his career. Once he takes his opponent is down he looks more furious than ever. He punches them hard and fast to get them out of the fight in the opening rounds. You cannot forget when he smashed Tavares’ face with brutal elbows and left him battered and screaming.
Khabib looks perfect at every aspect of this game and he is the one who is going to become the greatest of all times. He has a record which nobody has and apparently, he has no match in the UFC so he is going to say good-bye to the game undefeated.
Khabib is very sensitive about his religion and race. He does not allow anyone to pass any wrong comment about these. Furthermore, he keeps his personal life separate from the business and does not discusses anything about his family and personal life during promotion. These days, he is in discussion with lightweight slugger Tony Ferguson and fight might be made within couple of weeks.