Abubakar Nurmagomedov

Russia

Cruises to first UFC win
WelterweightUFC
March 27, 2021
Nurmagomedov defeated Jared Gooden via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 260 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was a dominant effort from Nurmagomedov on the heels of his submission loss to David Zawada in his UFC debut way back in November 2019. Nurmagomedov looked composed and confident following the extended layoff. Part of that almost certainly has to do with the level of competition he was facing, but Nurmagomedov dominated with his striking in the early going before controlling Gooden on the mat for nearly the entirety of Round 3. The question for Nurmagomedov is whether or not he can follow up this strong effort with another one his next time out. It's extremely likely he will be going up against an opponent who brings a bit more to the table than Gooden did on Saturday.
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Ready for UFC 260
WelterweightUFC
March 8, 2021
Nurmagomedov will fight against Jared Gooden at UFC 260 on March 27, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Nurmagovedov was handed a six-month medical suspension following his last fight at UFC Fight Night in Moscow, but he's evidently been cleared by a physician to return earlier. He lost the matchup to David Zawada via submission. Both Nurmagomedov and his opponent, Gooden, will be taking part in just the second UFC fights of their careers.
Draws medical suspension
WelterweightUFC
November 19, 2019
Nurmagomedov has been given a six-month medical suspension following his loss via sumbission to David Zawada at UFC Fight Night in Moscow, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.USAToday.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Nurmagomedov did not make it past Round 1 of his UFC debut. He actually entered the night as one of the biggest betting favorites on the card, so his loss and the subsequent medical suspension is certainly not an ideal situation for him. He could ultimately be cleared to return earlier if a physician gives him the go-ahead following an x-ray on his left elbow.
Submitted in UFC debut
WelterweightUFC
November 9, 2019
Nurmagomedov lost to David Zawada via submission (Triangle Choke) at 2:50 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Moscow, Russia.
ANALYSIS
What a disaster. Making his UFC debut and entering as one of the biggest favorites on the card at -265, Nurmagomedov didn't even last three minutes. He looked fine prior to the stoppage as he scored an easy takedown and appeared to be comfortable on the mat, but Nurmagomedov supplied Zawada with an opening to clamp on the Triangle Choke and the later took full advantage. Abubakar was probably bit overrated from the start because his brother, Khabib, is the undefeated UFC Lightweight Champion and arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Nurmagomedov's recent performances in both the PFL and now the UFC suggest there isn't a heck of a lot to see here. The company will certainly give him a chance to rebound his next time out.
Added to Moscow card
WelterweightUFC
August 29, 2019
Nurmagomedov (hand) has been booked to take on David Zawada at UFC Moscow on November 9, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Nurmagomedov was originally booked to compete in UFC 242 next week but a hand injury ultimately forced him to de-commit. Now, he'll be back in action by the time November rolls around and make his UFC debut in Moscow. Nurmagomedov recently had his one-year suspension for his actions in a post-fight brawl at UFC 229 reduced by 35 days, making him eligible to take part in the November fight.
Will miss UFC 242
WelterweightUFC
June 23, 2019
Nurmagomedov won't compete in UFC 242 due to a hand injury, Denis Geyko of RT Sports News reports.
ANALYSIS
Nurmagomedov was looking to make his UFC debut in Abu Dhabi on September 7, and it appeared the reduced suspension would have let him, but this sudden hand injury will seemingly keep him sidelined. The 29-year-old is expected to perform at the next UFC event in Russia, which would likely be in Moscow in November.