Umar Nurmagomedov: A UFC Champion in the Making
UPDATE: Umar made his UFC debut at UFC Fight Island 8 on January 20, 2021 where he defeated Sergey Morozov from Kazakhstan. Umar Nurmagomedov’s next fight will take place on the undercard of the pay-per-view event UFC 260 on Match 27, 2021.
Khabib Nurmagomedov, the undefeated UFC lightweight champion, 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 the UFC. His cousin, Abubakar, has compiled a decent professional record, as well as his second cousin, Shamil Zavurov.
With that said, it’s Khabib’s undefeated 25-year-old cousin, Umar Nurmagomedov, who is expected to bring another and perhaps the next UFC belt into the family.
Umar’s professional record is 12-0 at this point. He trains together with Khabib; coached by Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov while at home in Dagestan and Javier Mendes at the AKA gym in San Jose, California.
Below, you’ll find out more information and biography details about the new rising star in the UFC’s bantamweight division – Umar Nurmagomedov.
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 March 2020): 12-0-0.
Last fight: 1st round win via rear naked choke against Braian Gonzalez at GFC 20 event.
Next fight: UFC 249.
Competed in promotions: Fight Nights Global, PFL, Fight Star, Samara MMA Federation, Battle on Volga, Gorilla Fighting Championships.
Background: wrestling, combat sambo, Muay Thai.
Umar Nurmagomedov Professional Fights in the MMA
- vs Braian Gonzalez (Argentina) – GFC 20 on November 23, 2019; won via rear-naked choke in the 1st round;
- vs Sidemar Honorio (Brazil) – PFL #6 on August 8, 2019; won via unanimous decision.
- vs Taras Grytskiv (Ukraine) – GFC 14 on July 13, 2019; won via rear-naked choke in the 1st round.
- vs Wagner Lima (Brazil) – Battle on Volga 10 on April 14, 2019; won via unanimous decision.
- 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 mixed martial artist since 2016, Umar has fought predominantly as a 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 in the UFC.
While he has a long road ahead of 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.
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