Umar Nurmagomedov: A UFC Champion in the Making
Khabib Nurmagomedov, the UFC Lightweight champ, is rapidly attracting fans to Team Nurmagomedov. But what many of Khabib’s supporters don’t know is that he’s hardly the only world-class Nurmagomedov who competes in MMA. His cousin, Abubakar, has compiled a great professional record, as has his second cousin, Shamil Zavurov.
With that said, it’s Khabib’s undefeated 22-year-old cousin, Umar Nurmagomedov, who is expected to bring another and perhaps the next UFC belt into the family. Umar’s professional record at this point is 8:0. He trains together with Khabib; coached by Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov while at home and Javier Mendes at the AKA gym in San Jose, California.
Below, you’ll find out more information and biography about the new rising star from Nurmagomedov’s family.
Umar Nurmagomedov’s Biography
Date of birth: January 3, 1996;
Height: 5’9” (176 sm);
Weight: 135 lbs (61.23 kg);
Professional record (as of February 2019): 8-0-0;
Last fight: win via un. decision vs Saidyokub Kakhramonov (PFL 7 on August 30, 2018);
Next fight: March 30, 2019 (at the moment the opponent is unknown);
Competed in promotions: Fight Nights Global, PFL, Fight Star, Samara MMA Federation;
Background: Wrestling, Combat Sambo, Muay Thai.
Umar Nurmagomedov Professional Fights in the MMA
- vs Saidyokub Kahramonov (USA) – PFL 7 on August 30, 2018; won via unanimous decision.
- vs Fatkhidin Sobirov (Tajikistan) – Battle on the Volga 4 on May 11, 2018; won via unanimous decision.
- vs Shyudi Yamauchi (Brazil) – Fight Nights Global 83 on February 22, 2018; won via unanimous decision.
- vs Nauruz Dzamikhov (Russia) – Fight Nights Global 76 on October 8, 2017; won via unanimous decision.
- vs Valisher Rakhmonov (Uzbekistan) – Fight Nights Global 71 on July 29, 2017; won via rear naked choke in the 2nd round.
- vs Alym Isabaev (Kyrgyzstan) – Fight Nights Global 62 on March 31, 2017; won via punches in the 2nd round.
- vs Ulukbek Amanbaev (Kyrgyzstan) – Battle on Sura 6 on January 5, 2017; won via rear naked choke in the 2nd round.
- vs Rishat Kharisov (Russia) – Fight Nights Global 57 on December 16, 2016; won via submission in the 2nd round.
Umar Nurmagomedov’s Weight Class, Style, and Technique
A professional since 2016, Umar has fought predominantly at bantamweight, although it’s apparent from his physique and his in-cage dominance that he could move up to featherweight and be similarly successful.
After accumulating several outstanding victories in Russia’s largest and most well-known MMA promotion, Fight Nights Global, Umar signed with the Professional Fighters League (formerly the World Series of Fighting) and handed another promising prospect, Saidyokub Kahramonov, his first career loss.
Umar is stylistically similar to Khabib and Dagestani martial artists in general. Having wrestled since his youth, Umar is apparently most comfortable and capable when he’s in the clinch or on top. His ground strikes are thunderous, and his submission skills are impressive, to say the least; half of his contests have been stopped via submission or knockout. What’s more is that Nurmagomedov boasts an ability to avoid danger on the mat that’s uncommon in fighters ten years his senior.
Just because he’s well-versed and comfortable on the canvas doesn’t mean that Umar can’t strike (for example, some people think that Khabib’s striking isn’t that great) and that’s where it gets very interesting. Umar is very dangerous on his feet as he has a Muay Thai and combat sambo background.
To be sure, his diverse array of sick leg kicks and punches is put on display in most of his bouts. Perhaps Umar’s youth, confidence, and longtime training in stand-up have convinced him to let his strikes fly; he throws smashing head kicks, cracking straight punches and hooks, and even well-timed front kicks with surprising frequency and resolve.
Nothing is guaranteed in the crazy and unpredictable world of MMA. But given his background, pedigree, noteworthy wins, and fight IQ, Umar Nurmagomedov appears to be destined for a great future once he signs with the UFC (with the way things go right now, he will probably have a UFC debut very soon). While he has a long road before him, he could one day be wearing gold around his waist, just like Khabib is.
In the meantime, be sure to enjoy his fights and tell as many others as possible about his potential.
You’ll be the envy of MMA fans and critics for properly identifying a future champion so early in his career, and you’ll also be treated to fantastic combat-sports action for the ultra-affordable price of free (the Professional Fighters League airs its shows on NBC Sports).
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