Being undefeated to most takedowns: 5 crazy records held by Khabib Nurmagomedov
Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his retirement on Saturday, following his win over Justin Gaethje in UFC 254. Nurmagomedov is the reigning one-time UFC Lightweight champion, having defended it successfully on three occasions. He hails from Sil'di, Russia.
Russian Mixed Martial Artist Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his retirement from the world of MMA and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on Saturday. His last bout happened to be against Justin Gaethje in UFC 254 on Saturday.
Nurmagomedov (32) was up against Gaethje in a bout to unify the 155lb title. In the process, the former defeated him in the second round, with a triangle choke submission, which also brought up his 29th career win.
As he brings an end to his glorified and unbeaten career, he has had a fruitful career. In the same light, we take a look at some of the crazy records held by him.
Most takedowns: Nurmagomedov holds a unique record of landing the most takedowns in a single UFC bout. It was back in 2013, in UFC 160, when he faced Abel Trujillo, where Nurmagomedov landed 21 takedowns on him. The bout was famous for his wrestling skills and ag-dolled Trujillo.
Unbeaten: As most know, Nurmagomedov is unbeaten in his MMA career so far. He was won 29 matches and has never lost one, thus winning all. He is only one of the two men currently unbeaten in the UFC, with the other being Nigeria's Israel Adesanya, who is presently 20-0.
Earning most through a rivalry: In a bizarre record, Nurmagomedov's bout against Ireland's Conor McGregor, in 2018's UFC 229, broke numerous ones. The rivalry was highlighted because of many controversies, even prior to the bout. Starting from the bus-attack incident to the post-match brawl, the rivalry was hyped a lot. It generated $17.2 million, which was the highest ever in a UFC bout, in the state of Nevada. The pay-per-view was also the most sold one, around 2.4 million.
One of the highest earners: Undoubtedly, with an unbeaten record, Nurmagomedov has to be one of the highest earners in the organisation. So far, he has generated around $9 million in the promotion, besides earning $2 million in his bout against McGregor, which he had won.
Ranked second in UFC's all-time: Nurmagomedov's unbeaten record has propelled him to the top phase of UFC's all-time ranking. In fact, he is ranked second in UFC's all-time best rankings, next to Jon Jones.