With 24 wins, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov, 29, currently holds one of the longest undefeated streaks in mixed martial arts. His mentor is his father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.
At an early age, Khabib trained in wrestling, judo and combat sambo. Here is the list of 24 professional MMA fighters who lost to the Russian lightweight contender:
1. Vusal Bayramov
Khabib made his professional MMA debut on Sept. 13, 2008 in Poltava, Ukraine. He submitted Bayramov via triangle choke at 2:20 of Round 1 at “CSFU: Champions League.”
2. Magomed Magomedov
On Oct. 11, 2008, Khabib became the inaugural Pankration Atrium Cup tournament champion in Moscow, Russia after defeating three opponents all via unanimous decision. The first one was Magodemov.
3. Ramazan Kurbanismailov
Kurbanismailov was the second opponent to lose to Khabib at the Pankration Atrium Cup tournament in 2008. The former currently holds a record of 6 wins and 4 losses.
4. Shamil Abdulkerimov
Abdulkerimov was the third opponent Khabib defeated at the Pankration Atrium Cup tournament in 2008. The former currently has 4 wins and 3 losses.
5. Said Akhmed
On Aug. 8, 2008, Khabib defeated two opponents at “Tsumada Fighting Championship 3” in Agvali, Russia both via technical knockout via punches. The first one was Akhmed, who lost at 2:05 of Round 1.
6. Eldar Eldarov
Eldarov was the second opponent who lost to Khabib at “Tsumada Fighting Championship 3.” Their match ended at 2:44 of Round 2.
7. Shahbulat Shamhalaev
On Nov. 3, 2009, Khabib submitted Shamhalaev via armbar at “M-1 Challenge: 2009 Selections 9” in St. Petersburg, Russia. Their match ended at 4:36 of Round 1.
8. Ali Bagov
On June 10, 2010, Khabib faced Bagov at “Golden Fist Russia” in Moscow, Russia. After two five-minute rounds, the judges came up with a unanimous decision in favor of the former.
9. Vitaliy Ostroskiy
On Sept. 18, 2010, Ostroskiy was knocked out by Khabib’s punches at 4:06 of Round 1 at “M-1 Selection Ukraine 2010: Clash of the Titans.” The event took place in Kiev, Ukraine.
10. Alexander Agafonov
On Feb. 12, 2011, Khabib returned to Kiev for “M-1 Selection Ukraine 2010: The Finals.” He defeated Agafonoc via technical knockout via corner stoppage after two five-minute rounds.
11. Said Khalilov
For the first time, Khabib submitted an opponent via kimura in a professional MMA bout when he made his Professional Fighting Championships (ProFC) on April 9, 2011. He defeated Khalilov at 3:16 of Round 1 at “ProFC: Union Nation Cup 14” in Rostov-on-Don, Russia.
12. Ashot Shaginyan
On May 5, 2011, Khabib returned to Rostov-on-Don to face Shaginyan at “ProFC: Union Nation Cup 15.” The latter was knockout out via punches at 2:18 of Round 1.
13. Kadzhik Abadzhyan
For the second time, Khabib ended a fight via triangle choke on Aug. 5, 2011. He submitted Abadzhyan at 4:28 of Round 1 at “ProFC 30: Union Nation Cup Final” in Rostov-on-Don.
14. Khamiz Mamedov
On Aug. 5, 2011, Khabib won a bout again in Rostov-on-Don via triangle choke. He submitted Mamedov at 3:15 of Round 1 at “ProFC 30: Battle on Don.”
15. Vadim Sandulskiy
On Sept. 15, 2011, Khabib won his match again via triangle choke. He submitted Sandulskiy at 3:01 of Round 1 at “ProFC/GM Fight: Ukraine Cup 3” in Odessa, Ukraine.
16. Arymarcel Santos
On Oct. 22, 2011, Khabib fought his last ProFC bout. He knocked out Santos via punches at 3:33 of Round 1 at “ProFC 36: Battle on the Caucas” in Khasavyurt, Russia.
17. Kamal Shalorus
On Jan. 20, 2012, Khabib made a successful UFC debut by submitting Shalorus via rear-naked choke at 2:08 of Round 3 at “UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller” in Nashville, Tennessee. It was also the first time the undefeated Russian fighter fought in the lightweight division.
18. Gleison Tibau
On July 7, 2012, Khabib defeated Tibau after three five-minute rounds at “UFC 148” in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was the fifth time the former won via unanimous decision.
19. Thiago Tavares
On Jan. 19, 2013, Tavares was knocked out by Khabib’s punches and elbows at 1:55 of Round 1 at “UFC on FX: Belfort vs Bisping” in Sao Paulo, Brazil. During his post-fight drug test after the loss, the former tested positive for drostanolone, a banned substance.
20. Abel Trujillo
At the “UFC 160” weigh-ins in Las Vegas, Khabib came in 2.5 pounds heavier than the lightweight maximum of 156. Instead of cutting weight in two hours, he decided to surrender a percentage of his money to his opponent, Trujillo, and contest the bout at a catchweight, which was won by the former via unanimous decision on May 25, 2013.
21. Pat Healy
On Sept. 21, 2013, Khabib won a bout again via unanimous decision. He faced Healy at “UFC 165” in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
22. Rafael dos Anjos
On April 19, 2014, Khabib faced dos Anjos at “UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne” in Orlando, Florida. It ended in the judges’ unanimous decision in favor of the former.
23. Darrell Horcher
On April 16, 2016, Khabib won a catchweight bout again. He knocked out Horcher via punches at 3:38 of Round 2 at “UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans” in Tampa, Florida.
24. Michael Johnson
On Nov. 12, 2016, Khabib returned to the lightweight division. He won a match via kimura for the second time and submitted Johnson at 2:31 of Round 3 at “UFC 205” in New York City, New York.
On Dec. 30, Saturday, Edson Barboza will be the 25th MMA fighter to face Nurmagomedov in a professional bout. They will co-headline “UFC 219” with Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada.
Cyborg will defend her UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion belt from Holm, who used to hold the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion title. Watch a clip featuring the highlights of the “UFC 219” open workout here: