Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the biggest stars to ever come out of the world of MMA, but have you been pronouncing his name correctly?
Having been lured in by the UFC in 2011, he went on to become the longest-reigning UFC Lightweight Champion ever, having held the title from April of 2018 to March of 2021.
The Russian’s surname, Nurmagomedov, has often thrown people off therefore he is more widely known as Khabib.
Here is the man himself letting everyone know how to correctly pronounce his full name.
Khabib retired in 2020 with an unbeaten record of 29-0 and was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame during the International Fight Week in Las Vegas back in July of 2022.
Recently, Khabib’s trainer, Javier Mendez revealed that the Russian had thought about returning to the sport before Conor McGregor’s defeat against Dustin Poirier in 2021.
Mendez told Grosvenor Sport: “After Khabib retired they were still testing them.
“Dana White didn't remove Khabib from the testing pool after he retired because he still hoped Khabib would fight again, but then Khabib had enough of being tested, so he told Dana he didn't want to test anymore and that he's not coming back.”
He added: “He was roughly tested for about eight months before he had enough. The UFC were trying to get him to come back and he came close.
“You saw it when we were in Abu Dhabi. He said, 'If someone shows me something spectacular then maybe I'll come back'.
“It was Conor v Poirier that night, but it did not get Khabib excited. He said if something excited him on that card then maybe he'd consider it But it never happened. The UFC was pushing him, but nothing excited him, so it was [a] no-go.”