Khabib Nurmagomedov: My first fight was in Ukraine. I made $2 thousand


Former MMA fighter spoke about the first fight in his professional career

32 year old undefeated MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov (29-0, 8 KOs), former UFC lightweight champion, recalled his first professional fight, which took place in Ukraine 13 years ago.

“My first pro fight? I was very hungry. It was 2008. I knew I would make $2,000 if I beat this guy. It was a lot of money 13 years ago when I was 19 (laughs).

My father said it was time to turn professional. It was in another country, in Ukraine. My first pro fight. They gave me an opponent, I watched his fights and thought: “Easy money.” I was very confident in myself. At the time, $2,000 was a lot of money for me. I beat this guy in a few minutes, took the money and went home.

Video of this fight is available online. Just look for “Vusal Bayramov – Khabib”.

I defeated him with a “triangle”, just like in my last fight. I sent him to sleep. My first fight and my last fight ended in a “triangle,” Nurmagomedov said.

In his first professional fight, which took place in Poltava on September 13, 2008 as part of the CSFU: Champions League tournament, Khabib defeated the Azerbaijani fighter Vusal Bayramov by choke (triangle) in the first round.