Muslim Athlete: Khabib Nurmagomedov Retires

By Moiz Mustafa | 22, Oct, 2020
Muslim Athlete: Khabib Nurmagomedov Retires

One of the most revered athletes to ever graced the octagon, Khabib Nurmagomedov retires with an impressive and dominant 29 wins unbeaten in the prestigious mixed martial arts tournament UFC. Even with the dominant performance in the sport, Khabib has always been known to show humbleness in his acts, remaining true to his Islamic faith and heritage. Often reciting "Alhamdulillah" and "Insha Allah" in his public speeches, he is an inspirational figure for Muslims everywhere.


Who is Khabib Nurmagomedov?

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Khabib Nurmagomedov was born on the 20th of September 1988 in Sil'di, in the Dagestan, Russia. He then later moved to Kirovaul, which was where his interest in martial arts was ignited as he watched students training at the gym.

It is not unusual that the children from Dagestan begin training for MMA at an early age and so did Khabib when he was 8 years old. His father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov was an army veteran, he looked after the young prodigy’s training. At 9, Khabib was known to be a good grappler, he even fought a bear.

His family moved to Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan in 2001. From the age of 12, Khabib trained in wrestling, judo, and later took up combat sambo.

Khabib’s professional journey began in 2008 when he made his MMA debut securing 4 consecutive wins in 1 month.

At present, Khabib is signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) where he reigns the UFC Lightweight Champion. With an impressive statistic of 29 wins and 0 losses, he holds the longest undefeated active streak in MMA history. Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov believes going 30-0 would be the 'Floyd Mayweather record of MMA', a record he aims to achieve before he retires.

As of 12th October 2020, Khabib is ranked #2 in the UFC men's pound-for-pound rankings. Adding more to his achievements, he is also the most followed Russian celebrity on Instagram having more than 21 million followers. Khabib is the first Muslim to win a UFC title.


What is the meaning of the name Khabib Nurmagomedov?

Khabib: is the Arabic word Habib حبيب meaning "beloved" or "most loved".

Nur: is the Arabic word Nur نور‎ meaning "The divine light".

Magomed: the Russian form of the Arabic name Mohamed or Muhammed محمد‎. It means "praised"

ov: a Russian suffix added to male names, meaning "belonging to". The female equivalent of this is "-yeva" or "-ova"


Khabib Nurmagomedov's Retires

The Russian star Khabib Nurmagomedov faced one of his toughest challenges to date in the form of Justin Gaethje from America for the UFC Lightweight crown on ‘Fight Island’.

Nobody has dominated the MMA universe quite like Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov. With a phenomenal record of 28 wins before the bout, Nurmagomedov has not lost a single fight. If there was anyone who could've broken the streak, it was Gaethje.

Gaethje previously gave his career-best performance by defeating Tony Ferguson with a fifth-round TKO at UFC 249 capturing the interim championship.

“I'm here to ruin Khabib Nurmagomedov's day," Gaethje said at one of the interviews before the fight. The event though showed otherwise.

Following his 29th unbeaten victory at UFC 254, Khabib announced that the win over Gaethje was his final night in the octagon and he announced his retirement in his post-fight interview.


The statistics as of his last fight:

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Khabib Nurmagomedov

29 wins (8 KOs, 11 subs, and 10 decisions), unbeaten.


Justin Gaethje

22 wins (19 KOs, 1 sub, and 2 decisions) against 3 losses (2 KOs).

When was UFC 254?

  • Date: Sunday, 25th October 2020 (SG) 

Where was UFC 254?

  • Location: Flash Forum - Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE

What time was UFC 254?

  • Start time: Main Card - 2:00 AM, Sunday, 25th October 2020, Singapore Time (SGT)| Prelims - 00:00 AM, Sunday, 25th October 2020, Singapore Time (SGT)
  • Main Event: 2:00 AM, Sunday, 25th October 2020

How and where to watch UFC 254?

  • How to watch: ESPN+ PPV (main card) | ESPN 2 (prelims)
  • Live stream: fuboTV (try for free) (prelims only)


Who else was on the UFC 254 fight card?

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UFC lightweight title - Khabib Nurmagomedov (c) vs. Justin Gaethje (ic)

Middleweight - Robert Whittaker vs. Jared Cannonier

Heavyweight - Alexander Volkov vs. Walt Harris

Middleweight - Jacob Malkoun vs. Phil Hawes

Women's flyweight - Lauren Murphy vs. Liliya Shakirova

Light-heavyweight - Magomed Ankalaev vs. Ion Cutelaba

Heavyweight - Stefan Struve vs. Tai Tuivasa

Welterweight - Alex Oliveira vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov

Light-heavyweight - Da Un Jung vs. Sam Alvey

Catchweight (140lbs) - Nathaniel Wood vs. Casey Kenney

Women's flyweight - Liana Jojua vs. Miranda Maverick

Lightweight - Joel Alvarez vs. Alexander Yakovlev


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