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Zubaira Tukhugov

Zubaira Tukhugov Mixed martial artist

Mixed martial artist
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Intro Mixed martial artist
Is Athlete Mixed martial artist
From Russia
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 15 January 1991, Grozny, Chechen Republic, Russia
Age: 29 years
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Biography

Zubaira Alikhanovich Tukhugov (Russian: Зубайра Алиханович Тухугов; born January 15, 1991 in Grozny, Chechen Republic) is a Russian professional mixed martial artist currently fighting in the Featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional MMA competitor since 2010, Tukhugov made a name for himself fighting all over his home country of Russia, fighting in promotions like Cage Warriors, ProFC, Fight Nights (EFN) and others, before joining the UFC in 2014.

Background

Tukhugov was born in Chechnya in a devout Sunni Muslim family, he was often involved in street fighting from a young age until combat sport.

Mixed martial arts career

Tukhugov made his professional debut in 2010 beating his three opponents by winning Pankration Atrium Cup 2 eight man, one night tournament. After a 10-3 mixed martial arts records, he would be signed by the Russian promotion, Fight Nights, where he won all of his 3 fights, defeating Romano De Los Reyes, Harun Kina and Vaso Bakocevic. During his time on Fight Nights, Tukhugov did a fight for Cage Warriors, defeating Denys Pidnebesnyi at CWFC 58.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

In December 2013, it was announced that Tukhugov had signed a contract with UFC and was scheduled to make his promotional debut against Thiago Tavares on February, 15 at UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Mousasi. However, Tavares was forced to pull out due to an undisclosed injury, and was replaced by UFC newcomer Douglas Silva de Andrade. Tukhugov dominated the fight and got a unanimous decision win.

Tukhugov later faced Ernest Chavez on October 4, at UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Story. He won the fight via technical knockout due to punches in the first round.

Tukhugov was expected to face Thiago Tavares on June 6, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 68 However, the pairing was scrapped after Tukhugov suffered a rib injury.

Tukhugov faced Phillipe Nover on December 10, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 80. He won the fight by split decision.

Tukhugov next faced Renato Moicano on May 14, 2016 at UFC 198. In a controversial series of events, despite Tukhogov suffering a kick to the groin in the first round and again in the second round, referee Eduardo Herdy signaled the competitors to continue. Tukhogov lost the fight via split decision.

Tukhugov was expected to face Tiago Trator on December 9, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 102. However on November 14, Tukhugov was pulled from the card after being notified by USADA of a potential anti-doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected earlier. He was replaced by debutant Shane Burgos who won by unanimous decision.

Mixed martial arts record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 18–4 Renato Moicano Decision (split) UFC 198 May 14, 2016 3 5:00 Curitiba, Brazil
Win 18–3 Phillipe Nover Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Namajunas vs. VanZant December 10, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 17–3 Ernest Chavez TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Story October 4, 2014 1 4:21 Stockholm, Sweden
Win 16–3 Douglas Silva de Andrade Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Mousasi February 15, 2014 3 5:00 Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil
Win 15–3 Vaso Bakocevic KO (spinning back kick) Fight Nights - Battle of Moscow 13 October 26, 2013 1 4:30 Moscow, Russia Featherweight debut.
Win 14–3 Denys Pidnebesnyi Decision (unanimous) CWFC 58 August 24, 2013 3 5:00 Grozny, Russia Catchweight (158 lbs) bout.
Win 13–3 Kuat Khamitov Decision (split) Alash Pride - Great Battle March 30, 2013 2 5:00 Almaty, Kazakhstan
Win 12–3 Harun Kina TKO (punches) Fight Nights - Battle of Moscow 10 February 23, 2013 1 2:30 Moscow, Russia Catchweight (157 lbs) bout.
Win 11–3 Romano De Los Reyes Decision (unanimous) Fight Nights - Battle of Moscow 8 November 3, 2012 2 5:00 Moscow, Russia
Win 10–3 Anatoliy Pokrovsky Decision (unanimous) League S-70: Russian Championship Finals August 11, 2012 1 1:43 Sochi, Russia
Loss 9–3 Akhmet Aliev KO (head kick) League S-70: Russian Championship SF May 25, 2012 1 3:19 Moscow, Russia
Win 9–2 Ivan Lapin Decision (split) League S-70: Russian Championship 3rd Round April 6, 2012 3 5:00 Moscow, Russia
Win 8–2 Risim Mislimov Decision (unanimous) MMA Corona Cup 20 February 17, 2012 3 5:00 Moscow, Russia
Loss 7–2 Anton Telepnev Decision (split) ProFC 22 December 17, 2010 3 5:00 Rostov, Russia
Win 7–1 Murad Abdulaev TKO (doctor stoppage) ProFC - Russia Cup Stage 1 November 13, 2010 1 5:00 Taganrog, Russia Russia Cup Stage 1 Lightweight Tournament Final.
Win 6–1 Rasul Shovhalov Decision (unanimous) ProFC - Russia Cup Stage 1 November 13, 2010 2 5:00 Taganrog, Russia Russia Cup Stage 1 Lightweight Tournament Semifinal.
Loss 5–1 Murad Machaev Submission (rear-naked choke) Fight Nights - Battle of Moscow 1 June 5, 2010 1 1:17 Moscow, Russia Battle of Moscow 1 Lightweight Tournament Final.
Win 5–0 Danil Turinghe TKO (punches) Fight Nights - Battle of Moscow 1 June 5, 2010 1 1:26 Moscow, Russia Battle of Moscow 1 Lightweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 4–0 Evgeniy Slonskiy Decision (unanimous) ProFC - Commonwealth Cup April 23, 2010 2 5:00 Moscow, Russia
Win 3–0 Viktor Finagin Submission (rear-naked choke) Pankration Atrium Cup 2 March 10, 2010 2 N/A Moscow, Russia Pankration Atrium Cup 2 Lightweight Tournament Final.
Win 2–0 Roman Markovich Decision (unanimous) Pankration Atrium Cup 2 March 10, 2010 3 5:00 Moscow, Russia Pankration Atrium Cup 2 Lightweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 1–0 Isa Musaev Decision (unanimous) Pankration Atrium Cup 2 March 10, 2010 3 5:00 Moscow, Russia Pankration Atrium Cup 2 Lightweight Opening Round.

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