Khabib Nurmagomedov, a former champ recognized by many as one of the greatest lightweight MMA fighters of all time, will join the UFC Hall of Fame later this year.
It was announced Saturday that Nurmagomedov will lead the Class of 2022 for the UFC Hall of Fame. His induction will take place during the promotion’s “International Fight Week” later this year.
Nurmagomedov, 33, attained a flawless MMA record of 28 wins, including 13 in the UFC. He became the promotion’s lightweight champion in 2018 and defended his belt three times before retiring in 2020.
Nurmagomedov’s fighting style saw him overwhelm fighters on the ground, tiring them out with a constant pace of strikes or submission attempts.
Nurmagomedov’s most notable fight was his 2018 victory over Conor McGregor. That win, which came via a fourth-round rear naked choke, closed out one of the more controversial rivalries in recent UFC history.
Nurmagomedov retired in 2020 following the passing of his father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. He has remained involved in the sport since then, often appearing in coaching roles for fighters and also managing his own promotion, Eagle FC.
Nurmagomedov is likely to join the “Modern Wing” of the Hall of Fame, which honors MMA talent that has made a name for themselves in recent years.
The “Modern Wing” of the Hall of Fame currently includes names like Georges St-Pierre, Ronda Rousey, and Michael Bisping.