Abubakar Nurmagomedov

Name: Abubakar Nurmagomedov
Nickname:
Professional Record: 13-1 abunurmy
Weightclass: Welterweight
Age: 27
Height:
Nationality: Russian
Gym Affiliation:
Accolades:
Rank: 1
Upcoming Fight:
Overall Rating: ★★★★★

Striking Skill

Overall Technique
Boxing
Kick Technique
Power
Striking Defense
Footwork/Movement

Grappling Skill

Submissions
Submission Defense
Guard 
Positioning
Takedowns
Takedown Defense
Clinch

Abubakar is a cousin to UFC lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov.  He fights exactly how you would expect a Dagestani fighter to fight.  He is tough and gritty.  I do not know if his wrestling is to the level of Khabib’s but he is very effective with his wrestling.  His pressure can be absolutely overwhelming at times. He also seems to do very well in scrambles.  He is very heavy from the top position and seems to have a good base that keeps him from being easily reversed.  There are not many people that will out grapple Abubakar.  He stays active with his ground and pound, but it is not dynamic.   He did win his last fight with some ground and pound, but I don’t think his power will ever be jaw dropping, but I believe he can be effective by being relentless on the mat.  I believe where he is most vulnerable is at distance with his strikes.  Honestly, his striking is not bad, but he does not typically engage in striking exchanges.  Most of his striking is to set up a takedown or clinch situation.  Nurmagomdov has fought decent competition, but really will get a step up when he faces UFC veteran John Howard on October 7th.  While Abubakar is locked up with WSOF for the time, I would consider a win over John Howard to be his signature win.  When he becomes a free agent, I expect UFC and Bellator to be legit players for his services.

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