Khabib Nurmagomedov is arguably the best fighter in Mixed Martial Arts today and is undoubtedly at the top of his game right now. It’s why we’re going to discuss Khabib Nurmagomedov’s net worth in 2020.
The UFC Lightweight Champion has never tasted defeat in his professional fighting career, winning all of his 28 bouts so far. This includes eight wins by knockout, and 10 by submission.
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s net worth in 2020 (estimate): $30 million
Certainly, with his meteoric rise to superstardom, Khabib has earned a fortune from punching people in the face or choking them out cold. According to Celebrity Net Worth, the Russian’s net worth is estimated at around $30 million. However, Nurmagomedov’s father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, who sadly recently passed away earlier this month due to COVID-19, believes his son’s net worth is at around $100 million, per The Daily Mail. Regardless of what exactly Khabib’s worth is, there’s no denying his standing as one of the biggest draws in the UFC today.
According to Sportskeeda, Forbes reported that Nurmagomedov earned $16.5 million over the fiscal year 2019-20, which ends in April. This made Khabib, 31, the highest earning Russian under the age of 40 over the course of the year.
Nurmagomedov began his professional career in 2008 and quickly rose up the ranks. In 2011, he signed with the UFC and made his Octagon debut in 2012, winning over Kamal Shalorus via a third round submission victory. In a May 2013 unanimous decision victory over Abel Trujillo, Khabib set the UFC record for the most takedowns in a single fight with 21 successful takedowns.
Nurmagomedov eventually fought his way to the top, winning impressive bouts over the likes of Pat Healy, Michael Johnson, and Edson Barboza. His win over Barboza also earned him his first “Performance of the Night” bonus in the UFC.
After failing to get a title fight for quite a while, Khabib finally got his chance at UFC 223 against Al Iaquinta. The Dagestani brawler handled Iaquinta easily and won in dominating fashion to claim the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship.
In UFC 229, Khabib made his first title against arch-rival, “The Notorious” Conor McGregor. The defending champion had arguably his most iconic win in this October 2018 mega-fight. Nurmagomedov dominated the Irish fighter and won via submission in the fourth round.
Moments after the fight ended, the champion immediately scaled the Octagon cage and went after McGregor’s cornerman Dillon Danis. This ensued in an all-out brawl that stained what was an amazing performance from Nurmagomedov.
Khabib reportedly earned $2,000,000 from the fight. However, he has reportedly only received half of the fight purse due to ongoing investigations by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) on the post-match brawl. The NSAC also imposed a $500,000 fine on the UFC champion for his actions.
After signing a multi-year deal with the UFC in June 2019, Nurmagomedov made his second title defense against interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier in September 2019 at UFC 242 in Saudi Arabia. Khabib successfully made Poirier submit to a rear-naked choke in the third round to unify the belts. He also earned his second “Performance of the Night” bonus. According to Forbes, Nurmagomedov banked in $6-million from the win.
According to Sportskeeda, Khabib also earns a ton of money from his speaking engagements. His manager Ali Abdelaziz claimed that the UFC champion earns roughly $300,000 a day at the minimum.
Khabib is definitely one of the top stars, not just in UFC or MMA, but in all of professional sports. The undefeated champion, however, isn’t slowing down anytime soon and will likely make millions more throughout his career.