Khabib Nurmagomedov inducted into UFC Hall of Fame

Khabib Nurmagomedov is the latest inductee into the UFC Hall of Fame. Khabib Nurmagomedov has retired from his professional MMA career undefeated (29-0). He’s now very determined to become a noteworthy promoter.

Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the most prominent Russian athletes in the world. Nurmagomedov, 33, might be retired now but prior to retirement he accumulated the pristine record containing 29 wins and no losses. Nurmagomedov’s trademark in the UFC octagon became a papakha.

Nurmagomedov once let Joe Rogan wear his papakha during post fight victory speech

Papaha, is a high fur hat, usually made of karakul sheep skin. It’s typical for the Caucasian region. Papakhi are donned by the Circassians, Chechens, Dagestanians, and other Caucasian tribes. This was Nurmagomedov’s subtle nod to his Dagestani origins.

Nurmagomedov’s nickname the Eagle also comes from the crest of Dagestan. But if things worked out  differently for the former champion, he could’ve found himself on the other side of the conflict as citizen of Ukraine.

Khabib has been in the UFC since 2012. He finally won the Lightweight division title in 2018. He successfully defended the title 3 times.

“Khabib is one of the greatest athletes to ever compete in professional sports,” UFC president Dana White said. “No one dominated their opponents the way Khabib did, and to retire undefeated, as lightweight champion and the No. 1 pound-for-pound athlete in the world is an incredible accomplishment. It will be an honor to induct him into the UFC Hall of Fame this summer.”