Today in Sports History: October 6

In 2018, Khabib Nurmagomedov of Dagestan defeated Irishman Conor McGregor by fourth round submission (neck crank) in the UFC lightweight title fight in Las Vegas. Two of the most famous fighters in UFC history, the UFC 229 event raked in over 2.4 million ppv buys. 

Known for his discipline, endurance, wrestling, and grappling skills, Khabib dominated in the eight years he spent fighting in the UFC. Khabib’s mixed martial arts ranks include Black belt in Judo, International Master of Sport in Judo, International Master of Sport in Sambo, International Master of Sport in Army Hand-to-Hand Combat, and International Master of Sport in Pankration. Trained by his father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, the younger Nurmagomedov often found himself doing unconventional workouts in the mountains of Makhachkala, Dagestan. 

In videos, Nurmagomedov has been seen swimming against the current of rivers and even wrestling cub bears as a child. Nurmagomedov’s fame grew in the UFC as a result of his far superior grappling abilities. In 2020, Nurmagomedov retired from the UFC with a perfect 29-0 professional record. Nurmagomedov’s wins include 8 knockouts, 11 submissions, and 10 decisions. Nurmagomedov was the longest-reigning UFC Lightweight Champion, having held the title from April 2018 to March 2021.

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