Islam Makhachev


Relies on his wrestling ability
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.
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.
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Back in Octagon
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 reports.
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
November 11, 2018
Makhachev has pulled out of UFC 233 for an undisclosed reason, Guilherme Cruz of reports.
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
November 6, 2018
Makhachev will face Francisco Trinaldo at UFC 233 of Jan. 26.
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.
Faces potential discipline for role in UFC 229 melee
October 9, 2018
Makhachev may be at risk of discipline from the UFC due to his alleged role in the post-UFC 229 brawl, The Mirror reports.
While Makhachev wasn't as bold to brag about his exploits on social media -- such as what teammate Zubaira Tukhugov did -- he has been identified as one of the three men who entered the cage after Khabib Nurmagomedov's victory over Conor McGregor on Saturday. While nothing official has been handed down by the UFC just yet, president Dana White did acknowledge after the incident that "The guys who jumped in will never fight here." It's unclear if White knew at the time that Makhachev was one of the men in question, as it would surely be difficult to hand walking papers to a 27-year-old prospect that has won his last four fights under the UFC banner. Makhachev most recently defeated Kajan Johnson via first-round submission in July, but at present day, does not have his next fight booked. Tukhugov, on the other hand, is still scheduled to face McGregor teammate Artem Lobov at UFC Moncton on Oct. 27.
Raises stock by easily submitting Kajan Johnson in Calgary
July 28, 2018
Makhachev defeated Kajan Johnson via submission (armbar) at 4:43 of Round 1 at UFC on FOX 20 on Saturday in Calgary.
A performance like that shows why Makhachev was the biggest betting favorite (-600) on the card by a country mile. He had Johnson retreating throughout the course of the fight before securing the takedown and nearly ripping his arm off. At 26 years old and possessing an elite all-around skill set, Makhachev has the look of a potential future champion. His only career loss was a fluke one-punch knockout at the hands of Adriano Martins in October 2015. Makhachev has won four in a row overall.