When a World Class Wrestler Grapples a World Class Judoka

When a World Class Wrestler Grapples a World Class Judoka

A great exchange between high level grapplers: Magomed Kurbanaliev (freestyle wrestling)65kg VS Kamal Khan-Magomedov (judo) 66kg.

Magomed Kurbanaliev is an Avar Dagestani born-Russian freestyle wrestler. He competes in the 66 kg division and won the gold medal in the same division at the 2013 Summer Universiade defeating David Safaryan of Armenia. Bronze medalist World freestyle wrestling championships 2013 in Budapest.


Kamal Haji-Kurbanovich Khan-Magomedov is a Russian judoka of Tabasaran descent.

During his early career, he trained at Derbent Sports School No.3 under Sadiq Abdulov. Khan-Magomedov’s introduction to the sport of judo was indirect, thinking it was karate: “In our city we did not know what judo was, we were thinking that it was karate, so we went to karate, but it was judo.”

Khan-Magomedov won silver in -66 kg at the 2013 European Judo Championships after being defeated by 2012 Olympics Champion Lasha Shavdatuashvili of Georgia. He then won bronze in the -66 kg final category at the 2014 World Judo Championships.

Khan-Magomedov won gold in -66 kg at the inaugural 2015 European Games defeating Frenchman Loïc Korval in the finals held in Baku, Azerbaijan.

He plans to set up a business after completing his career.





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