Omari Akhmedov (Russian: Омари Ахмедов; born October 12, 1987 in Kizlyar) is a Russian mixed martial artist of Lak heritage born in Dagestan, who currently competes in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
October 12, 1987 |
Kizlyar, Dagestan ASSR, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Division||Middleweight (2010–2013, 2017–present)
|Reach||73.0 in (185 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia|
|Team||Jackson Wink MMA Academy
Armor Functional Training Center
American Top Team (2016-present)
|Rank||International Master of Sport in Combat Sambo
2nd dan black belt and International Master of Sport in Hand-to-Hand Combat
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Akhmedov was born on October 12, 1987 in the town of Kizlyar in modern-day Dagestan, Russia, and is a devout Sunni Muslim. Like many children in Dagestan, Akhmedov engaged in freestyle wrestling from a young age and would go on to hold an accomplished career in the sport before transitioning to MMA. Before his career in MMA, Akhmedov also had accomplished careers in combat sambo, as well as Russian hand-to-hand combat and Russian pankration.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Akhmedov made his professional MMA debut on January 30, 2010, when he faced Iskhan Zakharian at ProFC: Fight Night 2. He won the fight via rear-naked choke. Following this, Akhmedov would compile a professional record of 12–1 before being signed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship in September 2013.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Akhmedov signed a four-fight deal with the UFC in September 2013.
In his promotional debut, Akhmedov faced Thiago Perpétuo on November 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 32. It was a back-and-forth fight that saw both men rocked by punches before Akhmedov won the fight via knockout. The win also earned him his first Fight of the Night bonus award. After the fight, Akhmedov expressed a desire to move down to welterweight.
Akhmedov faced Brian Ebersole on June 6, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 68, replacing an injured Alan Jouban. He won the fight via TKO after Ebersole was unable to continue after the first round due to a knee injury sustained from a kick by Akhmedov.
Akhmedov next faced Elizeu Zaleski on April 16, 2016 at UFC on Fox 19. After arguably winning the first two rounds, Akhmedov was stopped via TKO in the third round. The back and forth action earned both participants Fight of the Night honors.
Championships and awardsEdit
Mixed martial artsEdit
- Pankration Federation Russia
- Russian National Pankration Champion (Two times)
- Russian Union of Martial Arts
- Russian National Hand-to-Hand Combat Champion (Two times)
- Combat Sambo Federation of Russia
- Dagestan Combat Sambo Champion
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|22 matches||17 wins||4 losses|
|Draw||17–4–1||Marvin Vettori||Draw (majority)||UFC 219||December 30, 2017||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Return to Middleweight.|
|Win||17–4||Abdul Razak Alhassan||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira||May 28, 2017||3||5:00||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Win||16–4||Kyle Noke||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson||November 27, 2016||3||5:00||Melbourne, Australia|
|Loss||15–4||Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos||TKO (punches and knees)||UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans||April 16, 2016||3||3:03||Tampa, Florida, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||15–3||Sérgio Moraes||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Namajunas vs. VanZant||December 10, 2015||3||2:18||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||15–2||Brian Ebersole||TKO (knee injury)||UFC Fight Night: Boetsch vs. Henderson||June 6, 2015||1||5:00||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
|Win||14–2||Mats Nilsson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 182||January 3, 2015||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||13–2||Gunnar Nelson||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Manuwa||March 8, 2014||1||4:36||London, England||Welterweight debut.|
|Win||13–1||Thiago Perpétuo||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson||November 9, 2013||1||3:31||Goiânia, Brazil||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||12–1||Fabricio Nascimento||Submission (guillotine choke)||Nord Desant||May 13, 2013||1||0:53||Yugra, Russia|
|Win||11–1||Rafal Haratyk||KO (punch)||Battle of Stars 1||December 22, 2012||1||2:26||Makhachkala, Russia|
|Win||10–1||Sergey Karpov||Submission (guillotine choke)||Colosseum Battles Champions||October 21, 2012||1||4:58||Ufa, Russia|
|Win||9–1||Aleksander Boyko||Submission (triangle choke)||Odessa Golden Cup||May 9, 2012||1||1:02||Odessa, Ukraine|
|Win||8–1||Aliyor Isakov||TKO (punches)||Governors Cup: Saint Petersburg||April 12, 2012||1||3:05||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||7–1||Talekh Nazhav-Zade||TKO (punches)||Governors Cup: Saint Petersburg||April 12, 2012||1||0:20||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||6–1||Akbar Nabavizade||TKO (punches)||Governors Cup: Saint Petersburg||April 12, 2012||1||2:30||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||5–1||Mikhail Istomin||Submission (armbar)||ProFC: Grand Prix Global Finals||October 1, 2011||1||1:22||Volgograd, Russia|
|Win||4–1||Vladimir Semenov||Decision (split)||ProFC Grand Prix Global: Russia I||October 1, 2011||2||5:00||Volgograd, Russia|
|Win||3–1||Musa Arslangadzhiev||TKO (punches)||Urkarakh Fights||July 22, 2010||1||3:50||Urkarakh, Russia|
|Loss||2–1||Michail Tsarev||Submission (guillotine choke)||ProFC: Russia Cup Stage 2||November 28, 2010||2||4:29||Ufa, Russia|
|Win||2–0||Magomed Umarov||Decision (unanimous)||Pancration Black Sea Cup||July 9, 2010||2||5:00||Anapa, Russia|
|Win||1–0||Ishkhan Zakharian||Submission (rear-naked choke)||ProFC: Fight Night 2||January 30, 2010||1||3:40||Rostov-on-Don, Russia|
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- "Omari Akhedov". sherdog.com. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
- "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Boetsch vs. Henderson". UFC.com. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
- "Omari Akhmedov - Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
- "ProFC - Fight Night 2 Card and Results". sherdog.com. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
- "The new Dagestan fighter in UFC". valetudo.ru. Retrieved September 18, 2013.
- "Russian Fighter vs Brazilian fighter in Brazil". rambler.ru. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
- "Omari Akhmedov destroyed Master of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu". vringe.com. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
- Staff. "UFC Fight Night 32 bonuses: Belfort, Martins, Akhmedov, Perpetuo win $50,000". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-11-08.
- "Omari Akhmedov moving down to 170 after 'Fight of the Night' performance in Brazil". mmafighting.com. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
- "UFC London Gets Gunnar Nelson-Omari Akhmedov, Danny Mitchell-Igor Araujo". sherdog.com. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
- "UFC Fight Night 37 results: Gunnar Nelson steamrolls Omari Akhmedov". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
- Staff (October 28, 2014). "Omari Akhmedov vs. Mats Nilsson added to UFC 182 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved October 28, 2014.
- Staff (2015-03-26). "Alan Jouban injured, Omari Akhmedov meets Brian Ebersole at UFC Fight Night 68". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-03-26.
- Brent Brookhouse (2015-06-06). "UFC Fight Night 68 results: Knee injury TKOs Brian Ebersole vs. Omari Akhmedov". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-06-06.
- Staff (2015-09-11). "Good vs. Akhmedov, Casey vs. Carlos Junior set for UFC Fight Night 80 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-09-11.
- MMAFighting Newswire (2015-10-28). "Lyman Good out, Sergio Moraes in against Omari Akhmedov at UFC Fight Night 80". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-10-28.
- Guilherme Cruz (2016-03-09). "Omari Akhmedov vs. Elizeu Zaleski added to UFC on FOX 19". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-03-09.
- Brent Brookhouse (2016-04-16). "UFC on FOX 19 results: Relentless Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos stops Omari Akhmedov". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-04-16.
- Staff (2016-04-16). "UFC on FOX 19 bonuses: Teixeira, Chiesa, Zaleski dos Santos, Akhmedov net $50k". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-04-16.
- Jordan Breen (2016-10-24). "Dominique Steele out, Omari Akhmedov in versus Kyle Noke at UFC Fight Night in Melbourne". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-10-24.
- Steven Marrocco (2016-11-27). "UFC Fight Night 101 results: Omari Akhmedov uses strong ground game to top Kyle Noke by decision". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-11-27.
- Marcel Dorff (2017-04-05). "Omari Akhmedov will fight KO-Specialist Abdul Razak Alhassan in Stockholm". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2017-04-05.(in Dutch)
- Ben Fowlkes (2017-05-28). "UFC Fight Night 109 results: Omari Akhmedov hands Abdul Razak Alhassan first loss". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-05-28.
- DNA, MMA. "Middleweight clash tussen Omari Akhmedov en Marvin Vettori op UFC 219". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2017-11-10.
- "UFC 219 recap: Bout-by-bout, round-by-round highlights". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-12-31.