This documentary takes an inside look into UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov’s upbringing in Dagestan, his training and his Spartan like mind set. Check it out.
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Khabib Abdulmanapovich Nurmagomedov (Russian: Хабиб Абдулманапович Нурмагомедов; Avar: ХIабиб ГӀабдулманапил НурмухӀамадов; born September 20, 1988) is a Russian mixed martial artist of Avar heritage. He is the current UFC Lightweight Champion. Nurmagomedov is also a two-time Combat Sambo World Champion and holds a black belt in Judo. He holds one of the longest undefeated streaks in MMA, with 26 wins, and is the first Russian and the first Muslim to win a UFC title.
Khabib Nurmagomedov was born on September 20, 1988 in the village of Sildi in Tsumadinsky District in modern-day Dagestan, Russia, before moving to the state capital Makhachkala in his childhood, and then briefly in his older years to Kiev, Ukraine, where he trained at Combat Dobro. He is the second of three children, including an older brother Magomed and younger sister Amina. His father’s family had moved from Sildi, Tsumadinsky District to Kirovaul, where his father converted the ground floor of their two-story building into a gym.
Nurmagomedov grew up in the household with his siblings and cousins. His interest in martial arts began when watching students training at the gym. As is common with many children in Dagestan, he began wrestling from an early age: he started at the age of six under the tutelage of his father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. A decorated athlete and a veteran of the Army, his father had also wrestled from an early age, before undergoing training in judo and sambo in the military.
In 2001, his family moved to Machachkala, where he trained in wrestling at age 12, and Judo from age 15. He began training in combat sambo again at 17 under his father. According to Nurmagomedov, the transition from wrestling to judo was difficult, but his father wanted him to get used to competing in a gi jacket. Abdulmanap is currently a senior coach for the combat sambo national team in the Republic of Dagestan, training several athletes in sambo and wrestling in Makhachkala, Russia.
Nurmagomedov would frequently get into street fights in his youth, before focusing his attention on mixed martial arts. Khabib Nurmagomedov made his professional MMA debut in September 2008 and quickly compiled four wins in under a month. On October 11, Nurmagomedov became the inaugural Atrium Cup tournament champion, having defeated his three opponents at the Moscow event. Over the next three years he would go undefeated, finishing 11 out of 12 opponents.
These included a first round armbar finish of future Bellator title challenger Shahbulat Shamhalaev, which marked his M-1 Global debut. In 2011, he would go on to compete for the ProFC promotion. That year alone he competed in seven fights, all of which he won by TKO or submission. A perfect 16-0 record in the regional circuits of Russia and Ukraine was enough to get a call up from the UFC. In late 2011, Nurmagomedov signed a six-fight deal to compete in the UFC’s lightweight division. In his UFC debut, on January 20, 2012 at UFC on FX 1, Nurmagomedov defeated Kamal Shalorus via submission in the third round.