The leading Russian professional MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov is the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion who has won the Combat Sambo World Championship twice.
Khabib’s most anticipated Lightweight Championship bout against the former two-division champion Conor McGregor gave him popularity to an extreme level that his career earnings are considerably high as compared with his earlier earnings.
Khabib Nurmagomedov net worth is estimated to be $2 million. This figure will likely to increase in the future since he started to compete in fights that attract the mainstream audience. Keep on reading to learn more about Khabib career, personal life, and UFC earnings.
Who Is Khabib Nurmagomedov?
Khabib Nurmagomedov was born on 20th September 1988, in the village of Sildi which is located in the Dagestan region of Russia. Khabib is Russian by his nationality.
Khabib began wrestling at an early age of 8 under the guidance of his father and got professionally trained in wrestling at 12 and further got tutored in Judo at 15. He got coached in Combat Sambo at 17 under his father who is currently a senior coach for the Combat Sambo national team in the Republic of Dagestan, Russia.
Khabib completed his schooling and received a degree in Economics from the State University of Ministry of Finance in Makhachkala. Nurmagomedov is one of the most talented MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter of recent times who holds a black belt in Judo.
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Khabib Nurmagomedov Russian MMA Career
Having got well-trained in Combat Sambo, Khabib Nurmagomedov decided to move a step forward by striding into the MMA. In September 2008, he made his professional MMA debut. He made an astonishing entry by making 4 wins within a month. As the year went by, Khabib went undefeated winning almost 12 fights in less than three years.
Khabib then started fighting at one of the top MMA promotion in Russia, M-1 Global. Later he joined ProFC in 2011. By this time Khabib came under the radar of UFC thanks to his undefeated streak of 16-0.
UFC Career Of Khabib Nurmagomedov
The Russian fighter’s popularity grew even more after signing a 6-year deal in 2011 with the UFC to compete in the Lightweight division. On 20th January 2012, he made his debut at UFC on FX 1. He defeated Kamal Shalorus via Submission in the third round.
Check out the Khabib UFC debut fight in this YouTube video.
His days of making an undefeated record started as his next bout was scheduled against Gleison Tibau which he won by unanimous decision (UD). Nurmagomedov advanced, as he defeated Thiago Tavares. His wins count kept increasing as he defeated Michael Johnson at UFC 205 on November 12, 2016.
He faced Al Iaquinta at UFC 223 and won the fight by unanimous decision. Khabib dominated Iaquinta from the start till the end and finished the match as the winner of the UFC Lightweight Championship. Until UFC 223, Khabib relatively unknown name when compared to the likes of McGregor.
The next most anticipated fight against Conor McGregor was scheduled for October 6, 2018. Khabib won the match in the fourth round via submission at the UFC 229. Till date, the fighter has maintained a record of 27-0 in his entire pro-MMA career.
Is Nurmagomedov an Amazing Grappler or an Astounding Striker?
Nurmagomedov has an amazing grappling style. Some of his grappling techniques that attract thousands of spectators are; Freestyle wrestling, double and single leg takedowns.
Apart from his grappling style, Khabib has a trademark moves of his own while fighting his opponent. Such moves come under the striking techniques which include; Thai Clinch, knees and elbows.
What Is the Net Worth Of Khabib Nurmagomedov?
The estimated net worth of Khabib Nurmagomedov is $2 million. It should be noted that Khabib was set to earn $2 million for his fight with Conor McGregor, which was initially withheld due to the brawl that broke out after the match.
Khabib Nurmagomedov Career Earnings
Khabib Nurmagomedov earned just $8,000 on his UFC debut fight against Guillard vs. Miller. Khabib defeated Kamal Shalorus and received $8,000 as show plus. Later his winning streak took form and he went on to win back to back UFC fights which include UFC 148, 160, 165, and 205.
There was a gradual increase in his earning, from $16,000 to $215,000 at UFC 219 and at UFC 223, he bagged $530,000 on defeating Al Iaquinta. The recent fight of Khabib against McGregor at UFC 229 which resulted in Khabib’s victory handed him $2 million for the fight which is not yet completely given due to a pending investigation.
The following table gives detailed information regarding his career earnings (via thesportsdaily):
|Event||Opponent||Date||Purse Money Bonus|
|UFC 229||Conor McGregor||October 6, 2018||$2,040,000($2,000,000 to show, $40,000 fight week incentive pay)|
|UFC 223||Al Iaquinta||April 7, 2018||$530,000 ($500,000 to show, $30,000 fight week incentive pay)|
|UFC 219||Edson Barboza||December 30, 2017||$215,000 ($80,000 to show, $80,000 win bonus, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, $5,000 Reebok sponsorship)|
|UFC 205||Michael Johnson||November 12, 2016||$57,000 ($26,000 to show, $26,000 win bonus, $5,000 Reebok sponsorship)|
|UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans||Darrell Horcher||April 16, 2016||$53,000($24,000 to show, $24,000 to show, $5,000 Reebok sponsorship)|
|UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne||Rafael dos Anjos||April 19, 2014||$64,000 ($32,000 to show, $32,000 win bonus)|
|UFC 165||Pat Healy||September 21, 2013||$46,000 ($23,000 to show, $23,000 win bonus)|
|UFC 160||Abel Trujillo||May 25, 2013||$25,200 ($14,000 to show, $14,000 win bonus, $2,800 fine for missing weight)|
|UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping||Thiago Tavares||January 19, 2013||$24,000($12,000 to show, $12,000 win bonus)|
|UFC 148||Gleison Tibau||July 7, 2012||$20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus)|
|UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller||Kamal Shalorus||January 20, 2012||$16,000($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus)|
What do you know about Nurmagomedov’s Personal Life?
Khabib has an elder brother named Magomed and a younger sister named Amina. He was raised alongside with his siblings in a traditional Muslim family. From his very childhood, he used to get trained along with his brother.
Who Is Khabib’s wife?
Since being married to till date, the couple is living happily together, being loyal to each other. Nurmagomedov’s wife, whose name is still unknown gave birth to two lovely kids. The pair welcomed their first girl child on 1 June 2015 and their second child, a son Mohammad was born on December 30, 2017.
The Unbeatable Records of Nurmagomedov
So far at Mixed Martial Arts, Khabib Nurmagomedov has maintained a record of:
- Total – 27
- Fights won – 27
- Won by Knockout – 8
- Won by Submission – 9
- Won by Decision – 10
- Fights lost – 0
Khabib is the first Russian to win a UFC title and also holds one of the longest undefeated streaks in MMA, with 27 wins. His records at MMA are incredible and unbeatable.
- UFC Lightweight Championship – 1
- One successful title defense
- First ever Russian-born UFC champion
- Most takedowns in a single UFC fight (UFC 160: 21 takedowns on 27 attempts; 3 rounds)
- Performance of the Night -1
- Pankration Atrium Cup 2008 tournament winner
- M-1 Challenge: 2009 Selections
- 2013 Breakthrough Fighter of the Year.
- 2016 Beatdown of the Year
- 2016 Comeback Fighter of the Year
- 2013 Staredown of the Year
- 2017 Performance of the Year
- 2016 International Fighter of the Year.
Nurmagomedov in Social Media
Khabib has been active on Twitter and Instagram. The recent updates about his life can be taken from both the accounts. Khabib has over 12 million followers on Instagram. He uploads his training experiences and shares the daily happenings of his life through Instagram (@khabib_nurmagomedov).
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