All the fights of Khabib Nurmagomedov deserve attention, but we will talk about the most important ones.
BATTLE AGAINST RAFAEL DOS ANJOS
This fight took place on April 19, 2014, in the UFC: Werdum – Brown. Khabib was not yet widely known to the Western public, and Dos Anjos was at his peak. In general, the Brazilian was considered the favorite. In combat, things turned out a little differently. The Russian fighter fought in his favorite style, constantly moving Rafael dos Anjos to the ground and striking from above, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu master could not oppose him. Nurmagomedov won by unanimous decision and loudly declared his championship ambitions.
BATTLE AGAINST EDSON BARBOZA
This fight took place on December 30, 2017, within the UFC: Cyborg – Hill. It is worth noting that this is the first duel between Khabib and a striker of this level. There were many skeptics, they said that our fighter would be knocked out. The beginning of the fight turned out to be quite nervous, the Brazilian punched biting low kicks several times and was able to defend himself from a pass to the legs, but Khabib did not lag behind, showing that he could work in a stand with the strongest striker. For a long time, Barboz was not enough, he ended up on the ground, his breath was knocked down and Nurmagomedov began to destroy. Edson lived to see the end of the fight, but suffered a crushing defeat by a referee’s decision.
BATTLE AGAINST AL IAQUINTA
The fight took place on April 7, 2018 and headlined the UFC 223 tournament. The fighters fought for the UFC lightweight title. The situation turned out to be very dramatic, the American fighter took this fight in less than a day, and the Russian was preparing for a completely different opponent. Of course, Khabib dominated, but sometimes he did not listen to his angle and was fond of the rack. showing that she is at his right level. Victory by unanimous decision of the judges and the long-awaited title of champion!
FIGHT AGAINST CONOR MACGREGOR
The whole MMA world was waiting for this event and it took place on October 6, 2018, heading UFC 229. The opinions of the fan community were divided, someone believed that McGregor was a fighter of a different level and Khabib was waiting for a knockout, others understood that the Irishman had no chance. In this fight, Nurmagomedov managed to knock down McGregor, score in every round and strangle at the end of the fourth five-minute period. This confrontation has forever entered the history of MMA.
BATTLE AGAINST JUSTIN GAGEE
The last fight in the professional career of Khabib Nurmagomedov. It took place on October 24, 2020 and headed UFC 254. Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, who died of a coronavirus infection, was not around in this confrontation.
The American fighter was charged for a knockout and invested in every blow, but Khabib worked according to the plan that his father had once developed …
The climax came in the second round. Khabib moved Gagey to the ground, took the mount and held a triangle, demonstrating the wonders of grappling.