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Rare Footage Of 17-Year-Old Khabib Nurmagomedov Suffering His One And Only Defeat In Amateur Fight

Rare Footage Of 17-Year-Old Khabib Nurmagomedov Suffering His One And Only Defeat In Amateur Fight

UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov suffered his first and only defeat during a Russian Combat Sambo final against Magomed Ibragimov in 2003.

The 31-year-old UFC lightweight champ is widely considered as one of the best fighters in the world right now and boasts an unblemished MMA record of 28.

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Khabib started his training in wrestling at the age of 12 and would take up judo at the age of 15.

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Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, who passed away in July at the age of 57, would help his son train in sambo at the age of 17.

One fan has found footage of when a 17-year-old Khabib came up against the 20-year-old Ibragimov in the final fight of the sambo competition.

Khabib fought hard and the pair even traded brutal blows during a heated exchange (around 8:05 in the video).

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And the 'Eagle' showed early signs of his phenomenal takedown ability when he leapt at Ibragimov's legs and almost brought him fully down to the floor (around the 8:11 mark).

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Ibragimov, who won bronze medals at the 2016 Olympics and 2018 Asian Games, would ultimately be crowned the winner of the fight.

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A distraught Khabib would put his hands in his face and slump to the floor, but Ibragimov wasted no time in helping to pull the 'Eagle' back to his feet and comfort him in defeat.

MMA fans are unsurprised to see Khabib put on a strong showing and even questioned what would happen if the pair had a rematch.

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"And then, he [Khabib] decided to take revenge and smash everyone [who] comes up to his face," one fan said.

A second posted: "Imagine a rematch between these two."

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While a third fan wrote: "Floyd Mayweather Jr lost to Augie Sanchez in the amateurs. Jon Jones lost to Matt Riddle in college wrestling. It's part of sports."

And a fourth added: "That was really close fight. But khabib's opponent was heavy."

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Topics: Khabib Nurmagomedov, UFC News, MMA News, UFC, eagle, MMA

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