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Omari Sirazhudinovich Akhmedov (Russian: Омари Сиражудинович Ахмедов; born October 12, 1987 in Kizlyar) is a Russian mixed martial artist of Lak heritage born in Dagestan, who currently competes in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Omari Akhmedov
Омари Ахмедов
BornOmari Sirazhudinovich Akhmedov
(1987-10-12) October 12, 1987 (age 31)[1]
Kizlyar, Dagestan ASSR, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union[2]
Other namesWolverine
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[3]
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)[2]
DivisionMiddleweight (2010–2013, 2017–present)
Welterweight (2013–2017)
Reach73 in (185 cm)[3]
Fighting out ofMakhachkala, Dagestan, Russia
TeamJackson Wink MMA Academy
Armor Functional Training Center
DagFighter MMA
Eagles MMA
American Top Team] (2016-present)
RankInternational Master of Sport in Combat Sambo[4]
2nd dan black belt and International Master of Sport in Hand-to-Hand Combat[4]
Years active2010–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout7
By submission5
By decision6
By knockout2
By submission2
Other information
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.[4]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early 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.[5] 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.[6]

In his promotional debut, Akhmedov faced Thiago Perpétuo on November 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 32.[7] It was a back-and-forth fight that saw both men rocked by punches before Akhmedov won the fight via knockout.[8] The win also earned him his first Fight of the Night bonus award.[9] After the fight, Akhmedov expressed a desire to move down to welterweight.[10]

In his welterweight debut, Akhmedov faced Gunnar Nelson on March 8, 2014 at UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Manuwa.[11] He lost the fight via guillotine choke submission in the first round.[12]

Akhmedov faced Mats Nilsson on January 3, 2015 at UFC 182.[13] He won the fight by unanimous decision.

Akhmedov faced Brian Ebersole on June 6, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 68, replacing an injured Alan Jouban.[14] 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.[15]

Akhmedov was expected to face Lyman Good on December 10, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 80.[16] However, Good was pulled from the bout in late October and was replaced by Sérgio Moraes.[17]

Akhmedov next faced Elizeu Zaleski dos Santosi on April 16, 2016 at UFC on Fox 19.[18] After arguably winning the first two rounds, Akhmedov was stopped via TKO in the third round.[19] The back and forth action earned both participants Fight of the Night honors.[20]

Akhmedov was tabbed as a short notice replacement for Dominique Steele and faced Kyle Noke on November 27, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 101.[21] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[22]

Akhmedov faced Abdul Razak Alhassan on May 28, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 109.[23] He won the fight by split decision.[24]

Akhmedov faced Marvin Vettori on December 30, 2017 at UFC 219.[25] The back-and-forth fight ended in a majority draw.[26]

Akhmedov was expected to face CB Dollaway on September 15, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 136.[27] However, Akhmedov pulled out of the fight in early September and was replaced by promotional newcomer Artem Frolov.[28]

Akhmedov faced Tim Boetsch on March 9, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 147.[29] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[30]

Akhmedov is expected to face Zak Cummings on September 7, 2019 at UFC 242.[31]

Championships and awardsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit


  • Pankration Federation Russia
    • Russian National Pankration Champion (Two times)[4]

Hand-to-hand combatEdit

  • Russian Union of Martial Arts
    • Russian National Hand-to-Hand Combat Champion (Two times)[4]


  • Combat Sambo Federation of Russia
    • Dagestan Combat Sambo Champion[4]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
23 matches 18 wins 4 losses
By knockout 7 2
By submission 5 2
By decision 6 0
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 18–4–1 Tim Boetsch Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. dos Santos March 9, 2019 3 5:00 Wichita, Kansas, United States
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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Omari Akhedov Bio". Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Omari Akhedov". Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Boetsch vs. Henderson". Retrieved June 5, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Omari Akhmedov - Fighter Profile". Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  5. ^ "ProFC - Fight Night 2 Card and Results". Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  6. ^ "The new Dagestan fighter in UFC". Retrieved September 18, 2013.
  7. ^ "Russian Fighter vs Brazilian fighter in Brazil". Retrieved September 19, 2013.
  8. ^ "Omari Akhmedov destroyed Master of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu". Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  9. ^ Staff. "UFC Fight Night 32 bonuses: Belfort, Martins, Akhmedov, Perpetuo win $50,000". Retrieved 2013-11-08.
  10. ^ "Omari Akhmedov moving down to 170 after 'Fight of the Night' performance in Brazil". Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  11. ^ "UFC London Gets Gunnar Nelson-Omari Akhmedov, Danny Mitchell-Igor Araujo". Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  12. ^ "UFC Fight Night 37 results: Gunnar Nelson steamrolls Omari Akhmedov". Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  13. ^ Staff (October 28, 2014). "Omari Akhmedov vs. Mats Nilsson added to UFC 182 in Las Vegas". Retrieved October 28, 2014.
  14. ^ Staff (2015-03-26). "Alan Jouban injured, Omari Akhmedov meets Brian Ebersole at UFC Fight Night 68". Retrieved 2015-03-26.
  15. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2015-06-06). "UFC Fight Night 68 results: Knee injury TKOs Brian Ebersole vs. Omari Akhmedov". Retrieved 2015-06-06.
  16. ^ Staff (2015-09-11). "Good vs. Akhmedov, Casey vs. Carlos Junior set for UFC Fight Night 80 in Las Vegas". Retrieved 2015-09-11.
  17. ^ MMAFighting Newswire (2015-10-28). "Lyman Good out, Sergio Moraes in against Omari Akhmedov at UFC Fight Night 80". Retrieved 2015-10-28.
  18. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2016-03-09). "Omari Akhmedov vs. Elizeu Zaleski added to UFC on FOX 19". Retrieved 2015-03-09.
  19. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-04-16). "UFC on FOX 19 results: Relentless Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos stops Omari Akhmedov". Retrieved 2016-04-16.
  20. ^ Staff (2016-04-16). "UFC on FOX 19 bonuses: Teixeira, Chiesa, Zaleski dos Santos, Akhmedov net $50k". Retrieved 2016-04-16.
  21. ^ Jordan Breen (2016-10-24). "Dominique Steele out, Omari Akhmedov in versus Kyle Noke at UFC Fight Night in Melbourne". Retrieved 2016-10-24.
  22. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-11-27). "UFC Fight Night 101 results: Omari Akhmedov uses strong ground game to top Kyle Noke by decision". Retrieved 2016-11-27.
  23. ^ Marcel Dorff (2017-04-05). "Omari Akhmedov will fight KO-Specialist Abdul Razak Alhassan in Stockholm" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  24. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2017-05-28). "UFC Fight Night 109 results: Omari Akhmedov hands Abdul Razak Alhassan first loss". Retrieved 2017-05-28.
  25. ^ DNA, MMA. "Middleweight clash tussen Omari Akhmedov en Marvin Vettori op UFC 219". Retrieved 2017-11-10.
  26. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2017-12-30). "UFC 219 results: Marvin Vettori, Omari Akhmedov slug their way to majority draw". Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  27. ^ Ariel Helwani (2018-06-28). "Omari Akhmedov, CB Dollaway added to Moscow card". Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  28. ^ Marcel Dorff (2018-09-04). "M-1 Global Champion Artem Frolov makes UFC debut against CB Dollaway in Moscow" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  29. ^ "UFC Fight Night coming to Wichita". 2019-01-08. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  30. ^ Syed, Sohail (2019-03-10). "UFC Fight Night 146 Results – Omari Akhmedov Outworks Tim Boetsch in a Three Round Standup Fight". MMA India. Retrieved 2019-03-10.
  31. ^ Farah Hannoun (2019-06-27). "Omari Akhmedov vs. Zak Cummings added to UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi". Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  32. ^ Staff. "UFC Fight Night 32 bonuses: Belfort, Martins, Akhmedov, Perpetuo win $50,000". Retrieved 2013-11-08.
  33. ^ Staff (2016-04-16). "UFC on FOX 19 bonuses: Teixeira, Chiesa, Zaleski dos Santos, Akhmedov net $50k". Retrieved 2016-04-16.

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