Umar Nurmagomedov


Comes through as big favorite
January 20, 2021
Nurmagomedov defeated Sergey Morozov via technical submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:39 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Island 8 on Wednesday.
It took Nurmagomedov all of two minutes to get his first takedown and he quickly transitioned to the back of his opponent. He ultimately had to give up the position and return to the feet, but was able to work a second takedown in the final 20 seconds of Round 1. Nurmagomedov came out for the second frame and decided to start looking like a (-500) betting favorite. He opened with a head kick and several follow-up shots, and while he had Morozov hurt, he seemed to rush things a bit, which ultimately allowed his opponent to recover. He was able to take the back of Morozov at the midway point and was more patient this time, eventually sinking in the choke that put his opponent to sleep. Nurmagomedov clearly has the name, but the game here looks to be on point as well. With Khabib in his corner, he could be the next big prospect out of Dagestan. In the meantime, he'll walk away with an extra $50,000 after he was selected for Performance of the Night honors.
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Fight bumped up
January 11, 2021
Nurmagomedov's scheduled bantamweight bout against Sergey Morozov was moved up to Jan. 20, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
The pair had initially been set to square off Jan. 23 but will now do so three days earlier. A reason for the switch was not revealed. The fight will be Nurmagomedov's UFC debut.
Taking on Morozov at UFC 257
November 24, 2020
Nurmagomedov will take on Sergey Morozov in a bantamweight bout at UFC 257 on Jan. 23, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
This fight was originally supposed to take place at UFC 254, but Nurmagomedov had to withdraw due to a staph infection. Nurmagomedov boasts a career 12-0 MMA record, but this will be the fourth different date announcement for Khabib Nurmagomedov's younger cousin to make his debut for a variety of reasons.
Debut called off again
October 18, 2020
Nurmagomedov will no longer take on Sergey Morozov at UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, as he's come down with an illness as a result of a staph infection, reports.
Nurmagomedov is still battling a fever and won't be ready to cut weight -- let alone fight -- within a week. His UFC debut will now be delayed for a third time, as he had previously seen fights cancelled against Hunter Azure in April and Nathaniel Wood in July. Whether or not Morozov will remain part of the UFC 254 card is unclear.
Slated to fight in October
August 17, 2020
Nurmagomedov will take on Sergey Morozov in a bantamweight matchup at the UFC event on October 24, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Nurmagomedov was slated to fight Nathaniel Wood on July 25, but ultimately pulled out for an undisclosed reason. This will be his first fight with the promotion at a to be determined location.
No longer fighting July 25
July 9, 2020
Nurmagomedov will no longer be fighting July 25 against Nathaniel Wood due to undisclosed reasons, reports.
Nurmagomedov was signed by the UFC in January, but has now had multiple bookings called off -- one due to the pandemic and another due to reasons unknown. It's a tough break for the cousin of lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, as Umar had been listed as a (-150) betting favorite for this matchup. In his stead, John Castenada will step in to face Wood.