Islam Makhachev

Russia

Superior boxing wins the day
LightweightUFC
September 7, 2019
Makachev defeated Davi Ramos via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-26, 30-26) at The Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
As often happens when two high-level grapplers face each other, this fight took place almost entirely on the feet until a desperate Ramos rushed in and got clipped with a knee in Round 3. Makhachev kept the fight at a comfortable distance until then, landing with lightning fast jabs and hooks at will while Ramos looked for spots to counter. The Dagestani has now reeled off six wins in a row after being knocked out by Adriano Martins in 2015 and holds an 18-1 record overall in professional MMA.
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Eyeing 18th professional win
LightweightUFC
June 7, 2019
Makhachev will face Davi Ramos at UFC 242 on Sept. 7.
ANALYSIS
Makhachev has strung together an impressive start to his professional career as he'll head into UFC 242 having won his last five fights with a 17-1 record overall. He'll have a two-inch height advantage over Ramos, but Ramos will be riding a four match win streak.
Relies on his wrestling ability
LightweightUFC
April 20, 2019
Makhachev defeated Arman Tsarukyan via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Saint Petersburg.
ANALYSIS
This turned out to be basically a wrestling match. While Makhachev surrendered his first takedown in UFC competition, he was able to get the better of the wrestling exchanges. Tsarukyan was able to scramble back to his feet a few times, but he could not get himself completely away to score with his striking. When Tsarukyan tried to go to his wrestling, he was able to control position along the fence, but he was only able to score the takedown. It would be interesting to see how each fighter would do against better wrestlers.
Back in Octagon
LightweightUFC
April 3, 2019
Makhachev (undisclosed) is scheduled to face Arman Tsarukyan (13-1-0) in a lightweight fight April 20 at UFC Saint Petersburg, Mike Bohn of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Makhachev (16-1-0) had previously been included on the Jan. 26 UFC 233 card, but ultimately withdrew for undisclosed reasons. Whatever was affecting Makhachev months ago is apparently no longer a concern, as he's now ready to put his four-fight winning streak on the line again.
Withdraws from UFC 233
LightweightUFC
November 11, 2018
Makhachev has pulled out of UFC 233 for an undisclosed reason, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
There's been no report of why Makhachev was forced to withdraw from the fight, but the UFC wasted no time finding Francisco Trinaldo a new opponent in Alexander Hernandez.
Matched against Francisco Trinaldo
LightweightUFC
November 6, 2018
Makhachev will face Francisco Trinaldo at UFC 233 of Jan. 26.
ANALYSIS
Makhachev apparently is not facing imminent punishment for his alleged role in the brawl which followed UFC 229 as he's been handed another fight. He'll look to build on a streak of four straight victories and two straight first-round wins. The 27-year-old knocked out Gleison Tibau in the first minute of their fight at UFC 220 in January and forced Kajan Johnson to submit late in the first round at UFC on Fox 30 in July. His opponent, the 40-year-old Trinaldo, has lost twice in his last four matches.