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Islam Makhachev
Russian mixed martial artist

Islam Makhachev

Islam Makhachev
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Russian mixed martial artist
Is Martial artist Athlete Sambo fighter Mixed martial artist
From Russia
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 27 September 1991, Makhachkala, Dagestan Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Russia
Age 30 years
Star sign Libra
Height: 180 cm
The details (from wikipedia)


Islam Ramazanovich Makhachev (Russian: Ислам Рамазанович Махачев; born September 27, 1991) is a Russian mixed martial artist from Dagestan, judoka and sambo competitor of Lak origin. He is a Combat Sambo World Champion, and competes in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He trains with AKA before his fights, usually accompanied with Khabib Nurmagomedov and the rest of his fight team. As of June 30, 2020, he is #11 in the UFC lightweight rankings.

Early life

Islam was born in Makhachkala, Dagestan of Lak ethnicity. He trained and competed in combat sambo. Islam grew up with Khabib Nurmagomedov and still trains with him to this day. In 2016 World Combat Sambo Championship he won a gold medal, in the final match he won 7–0 over Valentin Benishev of Bulgaria.

Mixed martial arts career

M-1 Global

Makhachev made his M-1 Global debut against Tengiz Khuchua on February 12, 2011 and won the fight via KO in the first round.

In his second fight for the promotion, Makhachev faced Mansour Barnaoui, on April 9, 2013 at M-1 Challenge 38. He won via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27,30–27).

Makhachev faced undefeated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Rander Junio on August 21, 2013 at M-1 Challenge 41. He won via unanimous decision.

Makhachev faced M-1 Global Yuri Ivlev on June 7, 2014 at M-1 Challenge 49. Islam dominated the fight, he softened up Ivlev with punches before finishing the fight by submission via armbar.

On September 7, 2014, in his final bout for M-1 Global before signing with the UFC, Makhachev defeated Ivica Truscek via submission in the third round.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

On October 2, 2014, Makhachev signed a four-fight contract with the UFC.

Makhachev submitted Leo Kuntz in the second round on May 23, 2015, at UFC 187.

Makhachev lost by first-round technical knockout to Adriano Martins at UFC 192 on October 3, 2015.

Makhachev was expected to face Drew Dober on April 16, 2016, at UFC on Fox 19. After the weigh ins, the UFC announced that Makhachev had failed an out-of-competition drug screening, testing positive for the banned anti-ischemic meldonium. The match was cancelled. USADA lifted the suspension of Makhachev after a hearing on July 2, 2016.

Makhachev returned to face Chris Wade on September 17, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 94. He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Makhachev faced Nik Lentz on February 11, 2017, at UFC 208. He won the fight by unanimous decision (30–27, 30–25, 30–25).

Makhachev was expected to face Michel Prazeres on September 2, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 115. However, Makhachev pulled out of the fight in the beginning of August citing a religious reason, and he was replaced by Mads Burnell.

Makhachev faced Gleison Tibau on January 20, 2018 at UFC 220. He won the fight by knockout in 57 seconds in the first round.

Makhachev faced Kajan Johnson on July 28, 2018 at UFC on Fox 30.. Makhachev took Johnson down in the first round, where he worked to mount and secured the armbar, forcing Johnson to tap; giving Makhachev a submission victory.

Makhachev was expected to face Francisco Trinaldo on January 26, 2019 at UFC 233. However, it was reported on November 11, 2018 Makhachev was pulled out from the event due to undisclosed reason and he was replaced by Alexander Hernandez.

Makhachev faced Arman Tsarukyan on April 20, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 7. He won the fight via unanimous decision. This win earned him the Fight of the Night award.

Makhachev faced Davi Ramos on September 7, 2019 at UFC 242. He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Makhachev was expected to face Alexander Hernandez on April 18, 2020 at UFC 249.; However, Russia restricted air travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Makhachev was forced to removed from the event and he was replaced by Omar Morales.

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed martial arts

  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • Fight of the Night (One time) vs. Arman Tsarukyan
    • Least significant strikes absorbed per minute, in UFC history (0.74)
  • ProFC
    • ProFC Union National Cup


  • Fédération Internationale Amateur de Sambo (FIAS)
    • 2016 FIAS World Combat Sambo Championships Gold Medalist
  • World Combat Sambo Federation (not FIAS)
    • Combat Sambo World champion
  • Combat Sambo Federation of Russia
    • Combat Sambo Russian National champion (four time)
  • All-Russian
    • Russian Nationals 2016 champion (World Team Trials-FIAS)


  • UWW Russian Grappling Federation
    • North Caucasian Federal District 1st

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
19 matches 18 wins 1 loss
By knockout 3 1
By submission 7 0
By decision 8 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 18–1 Davi Ramos Decision (unanimous) UFC 242 September 7, 2019 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 17–1 Arman Tsarukyan Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Oleinik April 20, 2019 3 5:00 Saint Petersburg, Russia Fight of the Night.
Win 16–1 Kajan Johnson Submission (armbar) UFC on Fox: Alvarez vs. Poirier 2 July 28, 2018 1 4:43 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Win 15–1 Gleison Tibau KO (punch) UFC 220 January 20, 2018 1 0:57 Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 14–1 Nik Lentz Decision (unanimous) UFC 208 February 11, 2017 3 5:00 Brooklyn, New York, United States
Win 13–1 Chris Wade Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Johnson September 17, 2016 3 5:00 Hidalgo, Texas, United States
Loss 12–1 Adriano Martins KO (punch) UFC 192 October 3, 2015 1 1:46 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 12–0 Leo Kuntz Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 187 May 23, 2015 2 2:38 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–0 Ivica Trušček Submission (inverted triangle choke) M-1 Challenge 51 September 7, 2014 3 4:45 Saint Petersburg, Russia Catchweight (165 lbs) bout.
Win 10–0 Yuri Ivlev Submission (armbar) M-1 Challenge 49 June 7, 2014 1 1:49 Ingushetia, Russia
Win 9–0 Rander Junio Decision (unanimous) M-1 Challenge 41 August 21, 2013 3 5:00 Saint Petersburg, Russia
Win 8–0 Mansour Barnaoui Decision (unanimous) M-1 Challenge 38 April 9, 2013 3 5:00 Saint Petersburg, Russia
Win 7–0 Anatoly Kormilkin Submission (armbar) Lion's Fights 2 September 2, 2012 1 3:17 Saint Petersburg, Russia
Win 6–0 Migel Grigoryan Submission (rear-naked choke) Siberian Fighting Championship 1 December 15, 2011 1 4:25 Tomsk, Russia
Win 5–0 Vladimir Egoyan Decision (split) ProFC: Union Nation Cup Final July 2, 2011 2 5:00 Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Win 4–0 Magomed Ibragimov Submission (triangle choke) Tsumada Fighting Championship 5 July 1, 2011 2 3:15 Tsumadinsky, Russia
Win 3–0 Martiros Grigoryan TKO (punches) ProFC: Union Nation Cup 15 May 6, 2011 1 2:52 Simferopol, Russia
Win 2–0 Tengiz Khuchua KO (punch) M-1 Selection Ukraine 2010: The Finals February 12, 2011 2 0:30 Kiev, Ukraine
Win 1–0 Magomed Bekbolatov Decision (unanimous) Tsumada Fighting Championship 4 August 1, 2010 2 5:00 Tsumadinsky, Russia

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