The return of Conor McGregor to UFC octogen turned out to be a nightmare as the Irish fighter tapped out to the Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov. With this victory, Khabib extended his winning streak in UFC 229 to 27-0. The match which went on for four rounds saw Khabib completely dominated his opponent to retained his Lightweight Championship title. The situation after the win went worse as Khabib climbed out of the Octagon to attack members of the crowd.
It requires a lot of will and determination to stay on the top an when it comes to defending your crown you have to take your game one notch higher and Khabib displayed why he was the heavy favourite to lift the title. Here’s some unknown fact of the Lightweight champion.
Khabib hails from Dagestan, a place near Russia, which has been a victim of terrorism and poverty. His father Khabib Nurmagomedov was a Sambo champion, Martial artist and freestyle wrestler. He had his own gym and training facility where he trained Khabib himself.
The 30-year-old has been a two-time gold medalist at world sambo championship. He has twice won the gold medal in Russian national Sambo championships. He Won two No-Gi Grappling Tournaments in North America. He is a Winner of the Army hand-to-hand European Championship and European Pankration Champion
Do you know Khabib and Conor were once friends. Although they did not hang out in the same circles, the two had real respect for each other. Khabib even took signed McGregor merchandise from him. Their friendship turned sour after Conor threw a metal dolly at a bus to get to Khabib. They even called each other Burger King, and Dana’s Chicken, as things between the two melted down.
When you talk about Russian athlete you come across Maria Sharapova, but do you know that Khabib is the most popular athlete in his country and a national hero in this sport for the Russian people. When it comes to popularity Khabib is way ahead of Sharapova.