Islam Makhachev

Islam Makhachev

Full NameIslam Ramazanovich Makhachev

BornSeptember 27, 1991

Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)



Islam Makhachev is the current UFC lightweight Champion with a professional MMA record of 23 wins and one loss. Islam holds the International Master of Combat Sambo rank and won a gold medal at the 2016 Combat Sambo World Championship.

Latest news updates for Islam Makhachev

Islam Makhachev is set to fight the UFC's No.1 pound-for-pound men's contender Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 284 on February 12, 2023, at RAC Arena, Perth, Australia.

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Early Life and Career

UFC Fight Night: Makhachev v Moises Weigh-in
Islam Makhavchev

Islam Makhachev started his combat sports journey at his home village of Burshi, Dagestan, where he trained in Combat Sambo under the mentorship of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. Makhachev had a successful Sambo Career, became the Russian National Champion four times, won a gold medal at the 2016 FIAS World Combat Sambo Championship, and became the World Combat Sambo Federation World Champion.

Makhachaev started his MMA journey in 2010 while still being an active Sambo competitive. He made his debut at Tsumada Fighting Championship 4 against Magomed Bekbolatov, which he won unanimously.

He then signed with M-1 and debuted at M-1 Selection Ukraine 2010 Finals against Tengiz Khuchua. Islam KO'ed Tengiz in the second round and built on this momentum as he won his next 9-fights in the Russian MMA circuit, with 4-wins coming in M-1.

Makhachev left M-1 in 2014 to join the UFC.

Islam Makhachev UFC

Islam made his UFC debut against Leo Kuntz at UFC 187 and won in the second round via rear-naked choke submission.

After this, he faced Adriano Martins at UC 192 and got his first loss in professional MMA, as Martins finished him in the first round via KO(punch). He defeated Chris Wade and Nik Lentz via a unanimous decision to regain momentum. Makhachev won his next 4-fights in the UFC before getting a main-event headliner fight against Thiago Moises at UFC on ESPN: Makhachev vs. Moises. Makhachev outclassed Thiago Moises on the ground to pick up a dominating fourth-round rear-naked choke submission victory.

Islam fought Dan Hooker at UFC 267 and defeated him via first-round kimura submission to extend his winning streak to 9 wins.

UFC Fight Night: Makhachev v Moises
Islam Makhachev at UFC 187

Islam Makhachev Record

Below is the professional MMA record of Islam Makhachev:

Win23-1Charles OliveiraSubmission (arm-triangle choke)UFC 28022/10/2022
Win22-1Bobby GreenTKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs. Green26/02/2022
Win21-1Dan HookerSubmission (Kimura)UFC 26731/10/2021
Win20-1Thiago MosesSubmission (rear-naked choke)UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs. Moises18/07/2021
Win19-1Drew DoberSubmission (arm-triangle choke)UFC 2597/03/2021
Win18-1Davi RamosDecision (unanimous)UFC 2427/09/2019
Win17-1Arman TsarukyanDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Oleinik20/04/2019
Win16-1Kajan JohnsonSubmission (armbar)UFC on Fox: Alvarez vs. Poirier 228/07/2018
Win15-1Gleison TibauKO (punch)UFC 22020/01/2018
Win14-1Nik LentzDecision (unanimous)UFC 20812/02/2017
Win13-1Chris WadeDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs.Johnson18/09/2016
Loss12-1Adriano MartinsKO (punch)UFC 192: Cormier vs. Gustafsson03/02/2015
Win12-0Leo KuntzSubmission (rear-naked choke)UFC 187: Johnson vs. Cormier24/05/2015
Win11-0Ivica TruščekSubmission (inverted triangle choke)M-1 Challenge 51: Fightspirit7/09/2014
Win10-0Yuri IvlevSubmission (armbar)M-1 Challenge 49: Battle in the Mountains7/06/2014
Win9-0Rander JunioDecision (unanimous)M-1 Global: M-1 Challenge 4121/08/2013
Win8-0Mansour BarnaouiDecision (unanimous)M-1 Challenge 38: Spring Battle09/04/2013
Win7-0Anatoly KormilkinSubmission (armbar)Lion's Fights 2: Battle of Two Capitals02/09/2012
Win6-0Miguel GrigoryanSubmission (rear-naked choke)SFC: Siberian Fighting Championship 115/12/2011
Win5-0Vladimir EgoyanDecision (split)ProFC: Union Nation Cup Final02/07/2011
Win4-0Magomed IbragimovSubmission (triangle choke)TFC 5: Tsumada Fighting Championship01/07/2011
Win3-0Martiros GrigoryanTKO (punches)ProFC: Union Nation Cup 1506/05/2011
Win2-0Tengiz KhuchuaKO (punch)M-1 Selection Ukraine 2010: The Finals12/02/2011
Win1-0Magomed BekbolatovDecision (unanimous)TFC 4: Tsumada Fighting Championship01/08/2010

Islam Makhachev's most popular fights

Islam Makhachev vs. Charles Oliveira

Islam Makhachev (23-1) seized the UFC's 155-pound championship by submitting Charles Oliveira (33-9) at UFC 280 inside Etihad Arena. The finish came at 3:16 of the second round via arm triangle choke. Charles Oliveira, who saw an 11-fight win streak snapped, tapped to the choke after he was dropped by a right hand.

Islam Makhachev vs. Charles Oliveira at UFC 155

Islam Makhachev vs. Bobby Green

Makhachev entered the cage quickly; he looked pretty confident, considering his last 9 match streak wins. On the other side, Green joined the cell, gathering some confidence. As soon as the Fight started, Makhachev checked his leg kick on Green, making Green uncomfortable with his moves. Makhachev started dominating the Fight as Green could not defend against Makhachev's punches and kicks. Makhachev came on the whole mount with reasonable top control and took down Green via TKO(points).

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Islam Makhachev vs. Bobby Green

Islam Makhachev vs. Dan Hooker

Islam Makhachev fought Dan Hooker at UFC 267. Islam dominated Hooker and took him down inside the first minute and proceeded to establish ground control and locked in a tight kimura submission that forced Hooker to submit. Islam jumped to #4 in the UFC Lightweight rankings after this victory.

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FAQs on Islam Makhavchev

1. What is Islam makhachev win streak?

Islam makhachev has now won 11 fights in a row.

2. Who is the new lightweight champion?

Islam Makhachev is the new lightweight champion after defeating Charles Oliveria on October 22, 2022.

3. What is Khabib's UFC record?

29 wins and no losses

Last updated on November 30, 2022.

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