Dagestan: The Land of Mountains
Dagestani local Khabib Nurmagomedov in his home during Ramadan in Makhachkala. Born September 20, 1988 Khabib is a Russian undefeated mixed martial artist. He is a multiple time Combat Sambo World Champion and a Judo black belt who is currently fighting in the lightweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He currently holds one of the longest undefeated streaks in MMA with 22 straight wins. He is currently the #3 contender in the UFC Lightweight division and the #3 Lightweight in the world.
Fighting is embedded in to the culture of Dagestan and it is renowned around the world for producing large numbers of great fighters from wrestlers to mixed martial arts. The Russian government in Moscow also sends large amounts of funding to help train such fighters.
Located in the North Caucasus, bordering the Caspian Sea and a Republic of Russia, Dagestan is home to almost 3 million mostly muslim people. Ethnically very diverse, it is made up of several dozen ethnic groups and is Russia's most heterogeneous republic, where no ethnicity forms a majority.
From 2000 until late 2012 Dagestan was subject to a violent Islamic separatist movement that spilled over from neighbouring Chechnya but has now been largely controlled by the Russian Government.
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