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Abubakar Nurmagomedov
Абубакар Нурмагомедов
Born (1989-11-13) November 13, 1989 (age 34)
Makhachkala, Dagestan ASSR, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Russian
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Division Welterweight
Reach 73 in (190 cm)
Style Sambo
Fighting out of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia
San Jose, California, U.S.
Team Gadzhi Makhachev freestyle wrestling club
American Kickboxing Academy
SC Bazarganova
Rank International Master of Sports in Combat Sambo
Years active 2011–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 22
Wins 17
By knockout 6
By submission 4
By decision 7
Losses 4
By knockout 1
By submission 2
By decision 1
Draws 1
Other information
Notable relatives Khabib Nurmagomedov (cousin)
Shamil Zavurov (second cousin)
Medal record
Men's Combat Sambo
Representing  Russia
WCSF World Championships
Bronze 2014 Moscow −82 kg
Bronze 2013 Moscow −82 kg
WCSF World Cup
Bronze 2014 Gaspra −82 kg

Abubakar Magomedovich Nurmagomedov (born November 13, 1989) is a Russian mixed martial artist, who is currently competing in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is a three-time Combat Sambo World Championship bronze medalist and Russian national combat sambo champion.


Abubakar Nurmagomedov was born on November 13, 1989, in the village of Goksuv in Khasavyurtovsky District, Dagestan. At primary school Abubakar began to train in freestyle wrestling, and after high school he switched to Combat Sambo under Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. In 2014 he won the bronze medal match at the Combat Sambo World Championships.

Mixed martial arts career

Early career

Nurmagomedov made his professional MMA debut in October 2011 against Ibrahim Dzhantukhanov of Russia, and won in the first round by Submission (armbar). At the Sochi Star tournament he lost to Magomed Mustafaev by technical knockout in the first round.

World Combat Sambo Championship

Abubakar came in third place in various world combat sambo tournaments, against multiple world champions like Yaroslav Amosov and Pavel Kusch, and Eldar Eldarov in the tournaments he competed in.

World Series of Fighting

In March Nurmagomedov signed a contract with WSOF.

In his WSOF debut, Nurmagomedov defeated Jorge Moreno of USA on August 1, 2015, at WSOF 22 via unanimous decision.

After his debut he beat next opponent from Las Vegas, Nevada Danny Davis Jr. on December 18, 2015, at WSOF 26 via unanimous decision.

Nurmagomedov faced Matthew Frincu on April 2, 2016, at WSOF 30. He won the fight via TKO in the second round.

Nurmagomedov faced John Howard on October 7, 2016, at WSOF 33. He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Nurmagomedov faced Matt Secor on 18 March 2017 at WSOF 35. He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Professional Fighters League

Nurmagomedov competed at PFL welterweight Grand-Prix. He faced Pavel Kusch in the opening round at PFL 3 on July 5, 2018. He lost the fight via rear-naked choke submission in the second round.

Nurmagomedov faced Jonatan Westin on August 16, 2018, at PFL 6. He won the fight by unanimous decision.

On October 15, 2018, it was announced that Nurmagomedov would replace João Zeferino in the Welterweight Tournament at PFL 10 on October 20, 2018. He faced Bojan Veličković in the quarter-final round. The bout ended in a unanimous draw with Nurmagomedov advancing due to winning the first round. However, Nurmagomedov did not advance to semifinals due to hand injury and Veličković replaced him.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Nurmagomedov made his promotional debut on November 9, 2019, at UFC Fight Night 163 against David Zawada. He lost the fight via submission in round one.

Nurmagomedov faced Jared Gooden on March 27, 2021, at UFC 260. He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Nurmagomedov was scheduled to face Daniel Rodriguez on July 17, 2021, at UFC on ESPN 26. However, Nurmagomedov was forced to withdraw from the event, citing injury.

Nurmagomedov was scheduled to face Philip Rowe on July 16, 2022, at UFC on ABC: Ortega vs. Rodríguez. However, the pairing was cancelled due to complications on both sides. Rowe has been forced to withdraw due to an injury, while Nurmagomedov is dealing with visa issues.

Nurmagomedov faced Gadzhi Omargadzhiev on October 22, 2022, at UFC 280. He won the bout via unanimous decision.

Nurmagomedov was scheduled to face Carlston Harris on March 11, 2023, at UFC Fight Night 221. However, Nurmagomedov withdrew from the bout due to an undisclosed reasons and was replaced by Jared Gooden.

Nurmagomedov faced Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos on June 3, 2023, at UFC on ESPN 46. He lost the fight via split decision.

Championships and accomplishments


  • World Combat Sambo Federation (WCSF)
    • 3 World Championship-Moscow, Russia (2013) at 82kg
    • 3 World Cup in Combat Sambo Among Professionals-Gaspra, Crimea in 2014 at 82kg
    • 3 World Championship-Moscow, Russia (2014) at 82kg

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
22 matches 17 wins 4 losses
By knockout 6 1
By submission 4 2
By decision 7 1
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 17–4–1 Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos Decision (split) UFC on ESPN: Kara-France vs. Albazi June 3, 2023 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 17–3–1 Gadzhi Omargadzhiev Decision (unanimous) UFC 280 October 22, 2022 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 16–3–1 Jared Gooden Decision (unanimous) UFC 260 March 27, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 15–3–1 David Zawada Submission (triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Magomedsharipov vs. Kattar November 9, 2019 1 2:50 Moscow, Russia
Draw 15–2–1 Bojan Veličković Draw (unanimous) PFL 10 October 20, 2018 2 5:00 Washington, D.C., United States 2018 PFL Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal. Advanced via first round tiebreaker but later withdrew due to a hand injury.
Win 15–2 Jonatan Westin Decision (unanimous) PFL 6 August 16, 2018 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 2018 PFL Welterweight Tournament Opening Round.
Loss 14–2 Pavel Kusch Submission (rear-naked choke) PFL 3 July 5, 2018 2 1:23 Washington, D.C., United States 2018 PFL Welterweight Tournament Opening Round.
Win 14–1 Matt Secor Decision (unanimous) WSOF 35 March 18, 2017 3 5:00 Verona, New York, United States
Win 13–1 John Howard Decision (unanimous) WSOF 33 October 7, 2016 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 12–1 Matthew Frincu TKO (punches) WSOF 30 April 2, 2016 2 3:05 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–1 Danny Davis Jr. Decision (unanimous) WSOF 26 December 18, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–1 Jorge Moreno Decision (unanimous) WSOF 22 August 1, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–1 Vladimir Gunzu TKO (punches) Sochi Star Club: Sochi Star Tournament 3 February 22, 2015 1 N/A Sochi, Russia
Loss 8–1 Magomed Mustafaev TKO (doctor stoppage) Sochi Star Club: Sochi Star Tournament 1 September 1, 2014 2 4:11 Sochi, Russia
Win 8–0 Richard Totrav TKO (punches) 1 4:27
Win 7–0 Dmitry Capmari TKO (punches) Union of Veterans of Sport: Champion Cup December 21, 2013 1 3:36 Novosibirsk, Russia Return to Welterweight.
Win 6–0 Magomed Shakhbanov TKO (punches) Liga Kavkaz: Grand Umakhan Battle July 7, 2013 1 2:46 Khunzakh, Russia Middleweight bout.
Win 5–0 Yuri Grigoryan Submission (kimura) Russian MMA Union: St. Petersburg MMA Championship 1 March 31, 2013 1 1:40 Saint Petersburg, Russia Light Heavyweight debut.
Win 4–0 Sergei Akinin TKO (punches) OctagonMMA Warriors: Nurmagomedov vs. Akinin February 21, 2013 1 4:10 Zhukovsky, Russia
Win 3–0 Adilbek Zhaldoshov TKO (punches) 1 3:40 Middleweight debut.
Win 2–0 Anatoly Safronov Submission (triangle choke) Liga Kavkaz 2012 July 3, 2012 1 2:30 Khasavyurt, Russia
Win 1–0 Ibrahim Dzhantukhanov Submission (armbar) ProFC: Battle in the Caucasus October 22, 2011 1 1:32 Khasavyurt, Russia Welterweight debut.

See also

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  • List of current WSOF fighters
  • List of male mixed martial artists
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