Khabib Nurmagomedov, MMA star, wins BBC 2020 sports personality award

Khabib Nurmagomedov, MMA star, wins BBC 2020 sports personality award

- Khabib Nurmagomedov has won the BBC personality award of the year

- The Russian was superb winning all his fights before he retired from MMA

- Nurmagomedov beat the likes of LeBron James and Dustin Johnson to win it

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Khabib Nurmagomedov has been named as the BBC sports' personality of the year beating the likes of LeBron James, Dustin Johnson and boxer Katie Taylor to win the prestigious award.

Before retiring from mixed martial artist, Khabib Nurmagomedov had superb career winning 29 of his fights losing nil and drew none.

After beating Justin Gaethje in his last fight, the Russian explained that that was his last battle claiming that the death of his father won't allow him to continue.

Khabib's father was his mentor and coach and really helped his professional career as he also witnessed all the fights his son had except the last one against Gaethje.

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His father Abdulmanap died following complications from COVID-19 and his death was a painful one for the 32-year-old star.

Nurmagomedov made his professional MMA debut in September 2008 and compiled four wins in under a month which was an incredible one.

On 11 October, he became the inaugural Atrium Cup tournament champion having defeated his three opponents at the Moscow event

Khabib Nurmagomedov named BBC sports personality 2020 world sport star
Khabib Nurmagomedov named BBC sports personality 2020 world sport star. Photo by Hedges
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Earlier, had reported how Khabib Nurmagomedov cemented his name in UFC's Hall of Fame following his second-round stoppage of Justin Gaethje.

The lightweight champion made his fight over the hard-hitting Gaethje look easy as he submitted the American via a triangle in the second round.

Khabib who recorded his 28th victory without a defeat in Mixed Martial Arts immediately fell to the ground in tears as he mourned his father who passed on earlier in the year due to illness.

The Dagestan fighter announced his retirement from the Octagon claiming he would never fight without his father in his corner.

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The 32-year-old has beaten top names on the UFC roaster including Conor McGregor, Edson Barboza, Dustin Poirier and a host of other tough contenders.

Khabib who has the highest strike rate in UFC's history delivered several shots to Gaethje's head in the first round as the Highlight concentrated more on leg-kicks.

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