Republic of Dagestan
When and why did you start training for fighting? I grew up in a small village where we had only one wrestling gym. All my friends used to train there and I decided to join them.
What ranks and titles have you held? #11 flyweight in the world, ACB flyweight champion of the world.
Do you have any heroes? My hero is Imam Shamil.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? This is a lifetime dream to fight in the UFC. Since a young age I followed this sport and especially the UFC organization, and it was a goal to be part of it.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Yes, I graduated. I have a degree in physical education
What was your job before you started fighting? My father is a construction worker, so I used to work with him.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition?
Deaflympics wrestling champion
Two-time Russian wrestling champion
Dagestan Combat Sambo champion
Dagestan MMA champion
Dagestan grappling champion
- Pro since 2013
- Three wins by KO, seven by submission (3 RNC, armbar, anaconda, twister, guillotine)
- One first round finish
- Owns submission wins over UFC vet Jose Maria Tome and WEC / Strikeforce vet Anthony Leone