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Islam Makhachev biography: 13 things about UFC fighter from Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia


Islam Ramazanovich Makhachev (Исла́м Рамаза́нович Маха́чев) is a combat sambo fighter and a professional mixed martial artist. An ethnic Lak and a Muslim, he was born in Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia and he grew up in Burshi, Dagestan.

As an MMA fighter, Makhachev has been fighting professionally since 2010. He is 5’10” tall and he competes in the lightweight division.

Makhachev competed in M-1 Global from February 12, 2011 to September 7, 2014 before signing a four-fight contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship on October 2, 2014 at the age of 23. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. When he made his professional MMA debut at “Tsumada Fighting Championship 4” in Tsumadinsky, Russia on August 1, 2010, he defeated Magomed Bekbolatov via unanimous decision.
  2. In 2011, he defeated five MMA opponents namely Tengiz Khuchua, Martiros Grigoryan, Magomed Ibragimov, Vladimir Egoyan and Migel Grigoryan.
  3. On September 2, 2012, he submitted Anatoly Kormilkin via armbar at “Lion’s Fights 2” in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
  4. In 2013, he defeated Mansour Barnaoui and Rander Junio both via unanimous decision.
  5. In 2014, he submitted Yuri Ivlev and Ivica Trušček.
  6. When he made his UFC debut at “UFC 187” in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States on May 23, 2015, he submitted Leo Kuntz via rear-naked choke. On October 3, 2015, he was knocked out by Adriano Martins at “UFC 192” in Houston, Texas, USA, which marked his first ever professional MMA loss.
  7. On September 17, 2016, he defeated Chris Wade via unanimous decision at “UFC Fight Night 94” in Hidalgo, Texas. On November 11, 2016, he won the gold medal in the 74kg category in the 2016 Fédération Internationale Amateur de Sambo (FIAS) World Combat Sambo Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.
  8. On February 11, 2017, he defeated Nik Lentz via unanimous decision at “UFC 208” in Brooklyn, New York, USA.
  9. In 2018, he defeated two UFC opponents namely Gleison Tibau and Kajan Johnson.
  10. He defeated Arman Tsarukyan at “UFC Fight Night 149” in Saint Petersburg, Russia on April 20 2019 and Davi Ramos at “UFC 242” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on September 7, 2019 both via unanimous decision.
  11. He was a protégé of former UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov‘s father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, who passed away on July 3, 2020. After retiring in 2020, Khabib started actively coaching him and cornering for his fights. He is a
  12. In 2021, he submitted three UFC opponents namely Drew Dober, Thiago Moises and Dan Hooker.
  13. On February 26, 2022, he knocked out Bobby Green at “UFC Vegas 49” in Enterprise, Nevada. It improved his professional MMA record to 22 wins and 1 loss.

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