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Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov
Абдулманап Нурмагомедов
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Abdulmanap Magomedovich Nurmagomedov

10 December 1962
Sildi, Dagestan ASSR, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
(now Sildi, Dagestan, Russia)
Died 3 July 2020 (aged 57)
Nationality Soviet (1962–1991)
Russian (1991–2020)
Alma mater Poltava University of Economics and Trade
Occupation Athlete, Coach
Children Khabib Nurmagomedov
Honours Honored Coach of Russia.
Senior coach of the national team of the Republic of Dagestan
Master of sports of the USSR in freestyle wrestling

Abdulmanap Magomedovich Nurmagomedov (Russian: Абдулманап Магомедович Нурмагомедов; 10 December 1962 – 3 July 2020) was a Russian athlete and coach. He was the father and coach of retired UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.


Nurmagomedov was born in 1962 in the village of Sildi, Tsumadinsky District. In 1987 he graduated from the Poltava University of Economics and Trade with a degree in accounting and economics. He had two sons, Magomed and Khabib, and one daughter, Amina. He started his sporting career with freestyle wrestling, which he, like many Dagestani children, had practiced from a young age. While serving in the Soviet Army, he began to practice judo and sambo.

His first big success as a coach came when his brother, Nurmagomed Nurmagomedov, won at the World Sambo Championship for Ukraine’s national team in 1992. He trained a total of 18 world champions through his coaching career. In September 2019, he was named by the Russian Book of Records as the most successful combat sambo coach in the country.

At the end of April 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic in Russia, Nurmagomedov was hospitalized in the 2nd city hospital of Makhachkala with bilateral pneumonia caused by COVID-19. Having been taken to Moscow in early May on a private jet, his condition rapidly worsened, and he died there on July 3, 2020 from COVID complications. He was 57 years old. On July 4, he was buried in his native village. Following his death, his son Khabib announced his retirement from mixed martial arts after UFC 254.

Notable students

Mixed Martial Arts

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov – 2-time WCSF Sambo world champion. Former UFC Lightweight division champion.
  • Islam Makhachev – 2016 FIAS Combat Sambo World Champion, and currently competes in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
  • Sultan Aliev – 2-time FIAS Combat Sambo world champion. Formerly competed in UFC and Bellator from 2011–2019.
  • Magomedrasul Khasbulaev – 2010 WCSF Sambo world champion, and currently competes in the featherweight division of Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB).
  • Shamil Zavurov – 3-time WCSF Sambo world champion. Former M-1 Global World Welterweight champion.
  • Rustam Khabilov – 2007 WCSF Sambo world champion. Currently competes in Bellator.
  • Abubakar Nurmagomedov – Currently competes in the Welterweight division of the UFC.
  • Usman Nurmagomedov – Currently competes in the Welterweight division of Bellator.
  • Umar Nurmagomedov – Currently competes in the Bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.


  • Magomed Magomedov – 2018 FIAS Combat Sambo World Champion.
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