On This Day: Khabib Nurmagomedov set the record for most takedowns in UFC history


Khabib Nurmagomedov executed a flabbergasting 21 takedowns against Abel Trujillo on the 25th of May, in 2013

Khabib has never lost a single fight in his glorious 29 fight MMA career. In fact, he has hardly lost even a single round against an opponent.

The former Sambo champion’s exploits on the ground, are second to none. Of course, what else would you expect from a guy who grew up wrestling bears in his childhood!

Just three fights into his UFC career, in 2013 he was set to face another newcomer, Abel Trujillo at UFC 160.

Dustin Poirier and Khabib Nurmagomedov clashed at UFC 242
Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia compete against Dustin Poirier of United States in their Lightweight Title Bout during the UFC 242 event at The Arena on September 07, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Now, Trujillo was a massive man despite being a lightweight. He looked like a smaller version of Tyrone Spong and Thiago Santos, jacked to the gills.

However, Khabib was having none of it. He eased to victory via. the unanimous decision, executing an astonishing 21 takedowns in just 3 rounds.

‘The Eagle’ thereby broke the UFC record for the most takedowns in a single fight. The previous record Sean Sherk’s 16 takedowns against Hermes Franca, way back at UFC 73. This was 5 more than the previous record! Staggering!

Khabib’s record still holds until this day, and it surely is one of the toughest records to break.

Ali Abdelaziz says Khabib Nurmagomedov was offered $100 million to fight Floyd Mayweather

Khabib officially retired from the sport of MMA, two months ago. However, the Russian is continuously bombarded with super-fight offers.

His manager, Ali Abdelaziz spoke to Mike Tyson in his Hotboxin’ podcast, disclosing how Khabib was recently offered a whopping sum of $100 million to fight Floyd Mayweather.

Abdelaziz said:

“Khabib got offered $100 million after he’s retired to fight Floyd Mayweather. $100 million!…You can ask Floyd, you can ask everybody, and Khabib said, ‘No. I’m retired. I told my mother I’m retired. I’m gonna keep my word to my mother. If my mother told me to fight again, maybe I will. But right now, she told me not to fight.’” [via BloodyElbow]


Never in doubt. Khabib is a man of his word, and there was absolutely no chance that he would have agreed to the fight. No amount of money would ever entice the Dagestani.

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