Khabib Nurmagomedovs cousin, Abubakar, to make UFC debut

Another fighter has now joined the UFC welterweight division. Abubakar Nurmagomedov, cousin to reigning lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, has signed with the UFC. Nurmagomedov will make his debut at UFC Moscow, November 9th.

“Abubakar Nurmagomedov (15-2-1), Khabib’s cousin, will make his UFC debut on Nov. 9 at UFC Fight Night in Moscow, per his manager Ali Abdelaziz,” ESPN’s Brett Okamoto wrote on Twitter. “He will fight David Zawada. Abubakar likely would have fought in Abu Dhabi next week, but was recovering from injury.”

Included in the report is Nuragomeovs debut opponent: German-Polish fighter David Zawada.

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Nurmagomedov competed in the WSoF, later the PFL, for the last three years. During his time in the promotion he amassed a record of 6-1-1, including wins over Matt Secor and John Howard. His most recent outing, in the quarterfinal against UFC vet Bojan Velickovic, ended in a majority draw. Nurmagomedov would advance via first round tie breaker but then be forced out due to a hand injury.

Zawada, who will take on Nurmagomedov, made his UFC debut on short notice. He took on British prospect Danny Roberts, and lost a close decision in what became the “Fight of the Night”. After that he would travel to China to face local favourite Li Jingliang, and lost via TKO.

How will Abubakar Nurmagomedov fare in his UFC debut? 

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for