14 interesting facts about Khabib Nurmagomedov you may not know

1. Khabib first time started walking on the wrestling mats. He was 5 when he started training wrestling.
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2. His father sold three bulls to open a gym and train all kids from around.
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3. Almost everyone trains combat sports in Dagestan. So there were a lot of street fights. Khabib prefered to choke out his opponents, so they calm down. Khabib claims that his street record is way better than in the octagon.
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4. As an amateur Khabib competed in 400 tournaments in different sports: freestyle wrestling, judo, combat sambo, pankration.
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5. He used to lose pretty often. When he lost 3 tournaments in a week, he asked his father Abdulmanap: “Father, why you put me in there? I lose every time!”. Abdulmanap says now: “Either they would break him, either he becomes stronger”.
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6. Watching Fedor Emelianenko fights motivated Khabib to focus on MMA than on the other combat sports.
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7. At 19 he tried security work at local shopping mall, but his father didn’t let him do that. “All you need for trainings are water, food, fares, and I’ll give you that money”
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8. Khabib has never tried cigarettes, alcohol, drugs in his life.
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9. Khabib didn’t spar in full contact until 20 years of age.
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10. His only regret about his past is that he overtrained a lot and didn’t give time to his body for recover.
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11. Khabib was booked or about to be booked with next fighters: x2 Cerrone, Diaz, Melendez, x4 Ferguson, Holloway. Signed contract for Alvarez fight in 2016.
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12. Holds record for the most takedowns in UFC history in a single fight – 21.
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13. Gleison Tibau is the only fighter that Khabib didn’t manage to take down (13 attempts).
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14. Tibau and Trujillo both took down Khabib, once each.