Undefeated former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagmedov will officially become a UFC Hall of Famer this summer.
The Russian icon, who retired as UFC lightweight champion with a flawless 29-0 record – including 13 wins as a UFC fighter – will be inducted into the “Modern Wing” of the Hall of Fame as part of the 2022 class, which will be presented at the official ceremony in Las Vegas during International Fight Week. The ceremony will be streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.
The UFC officially announced Khabib’s upcoming induction during UFC 272, and UFC president Dana White heaped praise on Nurmagomedov, saying, “Khabib is one of the greatest athletes to ever compete in professional sports.
“No one dominated their opponents that way Khabib did, and to retire undefeated, as lightweight champion and the #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.”
Nurmagomedov will join fellow Modern Era inductees Forrest Griffin, BJ Penn, Urijah Faber, Ronda Rousey, Michael Bisping, Rashad Evans and George St-Pierre.
Nurmagomedov’s Hall of Fame resume includes a long list of achievements at the sport’s highest level:
- 4 title fight wins – Tied for most in UFC lightweight division history
- 12 lightweight division wins – Tied for longest winning streak in UFC lightweight division history
- 13 consecutive wins – Tied for 3rd longest winning streak in UFC history (2012-20)
- 21 takedowns – Most takedowns in a single UFC bout (vs. Abel Trujillo – UFC 160)
- 59 takedowns – Second-most in UFC lightweight division history
- 54.6% – Third highest control time percentage in lightweight UFC history
- 1:29:08 – Third-most control time in lightweight UFC history
- 1:04:28 – Third-most top position time in lightweight UFC history
- 88 significant ground strikes – Fourth-most landed in a single UFC bout (vs. Michael Johnson – UFC 205)