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Muhammad Mokaev biography: 13 things about UFC fighter born in Dagestan, Russia

full name: Muhammad Mokaev
fight name: The Punisher
residence: Salford, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
height: 5’9″
weight divisions: bantamweight, flyweight
current promotion: UFC
pro MMA record: 10-0, 1 NC


Muhammad Mokaev is an undefeated Dagestani-English professional mixed martial artist nicknamed The Punisher. He is a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and he is 5’9″ tall.

From 2016 to 2020, Mokaev competed in the bantamweight division. Since 2021, he has been a flyweight.


Born in Buynaksk, Dagestan, Russia to Kumyk parents, Mokaev started his freestyle wrestling training in Dagestan. Soon after his mother passed away in 2012, he and his father moved to England, United Kingdom.

After being placed in a refugee camp in Liverpool, Northwest England, England for a month, Mokaev and his father moved to Wigan, Greater Manchester, England. Mokaev attended The Deanery Church of England High School and Sixth Form College in Wigan.

Fighting out of Salford, Greater Manchester, Mokaev is currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which is based in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. In 2013, he joined the Manchester Wrestling Club in Salford.
  2. In the British Junior Championships, he won the 59K category in 2014, the 55K category in 2015 and the 65K category in 2017. He won the 58K category in the English and Junior and Senior Championships in 2016.
  3. In 2015, he was the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Junior European Champion and the British Junior Wrestling Champion. As an amateur MMA fighter, he defeated Jake Hinton in 2015, Ash McCracken, Jose Rufino and Markus Hægland in 2016, Liam Gittins, Sebastian Gonzalez and Jack Eglin in 2017.
  4. Representing England, he won gold in the 65 kg category at the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) UK Championships in 2018 and in 2019. He also defeated Imran Satiev, Ismael Zamora and Reo Yamaguchi in 2018 and Yamaguchi twice, Ciaran Mulholland, Abanoub Fares, Batir Sharukhanov, Myles Richards, Mikey Boden, Max Hynninen, Nikolay Atanasov and Tynyshtyk Zhanibek in 2019 in amateur MMA bouts.
  5. He won the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation-World Mixed Martial Arts Association Oceana Championships 2020 after defeating Abdulla Alyaquoob on March 7, 2020 and Abdulla Mubarak on March 8, 2020 in Gold Coast, Australia.
  6. On August 1, 2020, he made his professional MMA debut and BRAVE Combat Federation debut at “BRAVE CF 37” in Stockholm, Sweden where he defeated Glenn McVeigh via unanimous decision. On August 22, 2020, he defeated Hayden Sherriff via technical knockout via body kick and punches at “Celtic Gladiator 27” in Manchester, Greater Manchester.
  7. On October 1, 2020, he submitted Jamie Kelly via rear-naked choke at “BRAVE CF 43” in Manama, Bahrain. On November 22, 2020, he defeated Dave Jones via technical knockout via submission to punches at “Celtic Gladiator 28” in Glasgow, Scotland.
  8. On March 25, 2021, he defeated Abdul Hussein via unanimous decision at “BRAVE CF 49” in Manama. On June 4, 2021, his fight against Ibragim Navruzov at “BRAVE CF 51” in Minsk, Belarus ended in a No Contest after an accidental groin kick that rendered Navruzov unable to continue.
  9. On September 25, 2021, he submitted Blaine O’Driscoll via rear-naked choke “BRAVE CF 54” in Konin, Poland.
  10. On March 19, 2022, he made is UFC debut at “UFC Fight Night 204” in London, England where he submitted Cody Durden via guillotine choke.
  11. On July 23, 2022, he defeated Charles Johnson via unanimous decision at “UFC Fight Night 208” in London.
  12. On October 22, 2022, he submitted Malcolm Gordon via armbar at “UFC 280” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
  13. He was 22 years old when submitted Jafel Filho on March 18, 2023 at “UFC 286” in London, which upgraded his professional MMA record to 10 wins, 0 loss and 1 No Contest.

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