Shamil Gamzatov

Shamil Radzhabovich Gamzatov (Russian: Шамиль Раджабович Гамзатов; born August 9, 1990 in Dagestan) is a Russian mixed martial artist competing in the Light Heavyweight division. A professional since 2012, he has competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), World Series of Fighting, Absolute Championship Berkut and competed in the Middleweight division of the Professional Fighters League.

Shamil Gamzatov
Шамиль Гамзатов
BornShamil Radzhabovich Gamzatov
(1990-08-09) August 9, 1990 (age 31)[1]
Kizlyar, Dagestan, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
ResidenceMakhachkala, Dagestan
Height1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Weight218 lb (99 kg; 15.6 st)
DivisionLight Heavyweight (205 lb) (2012 – present)[1]
Middleweight (185 lb) (2018)[2]
Reach76 in (193 cm)
StyleBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Sambo
Fighting out ofMakhachkala, Dagestan, Russia
Coconut Creek, Florida, U.S.
Gorets MMA
American Top Team
RankNational Master of Sports in Sambo
Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By submission5
By decision4
By knockout1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


He was born in Kizlyar city, Dagestan, Soviet Union into a devout Sunni muslim family of Avar origin from Tsurib village, Charodinsky District. He started training in freestyle wrestling at 8 years of age, after an injured knee he retired. At 15 years of age he joined Amateur MMA under Zalimkhan Tatev. He won European and World MMA titles in amateur level. Also he is a Dagestan national kickboxing champion, 3x grappling Abdu-Dabi tournament winner. Combat Sambo North Caucasian championships 3rd 2015 at 100 kg.[3] At the World Grappling Championships (World Grappling Association) he won the gold medal at 92 kilos.[4]

Gamzatov said of his changing of sports as a kid, “[I] changed various sports and performed in them: combat sambo, grappling, amateur MMA. Then there was a transition to MMA and there was a debut and so began my career as a professional!”[5]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

World Series of FightingEdit

He made his debut in the USA on January 23, 2016 at WSOF 27, his opponent was Teddy Holder of Tennessee.[6] He won the fight by TKO (punches) in the first round.

Absolute Championship BerkutEdit

He faced Rodney Wallace on January 13, 2017 at ACB 51. He won the back-and-forth fight by split decision.[7]

Professional Fighters LeagueEdit

Gamzatov faced Eddie Gordon on July 5, 2018 at PFL 3.[8] He won the fight by unanimous decision.

In his next bout, Gamzatov faced Rex Harris on 16 August 2018 at PFL 6.[9] He won the fight by unanimous decision.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Gamzatov signed a four-fight deal with the UFC in July.[10]

Gamzatov made his promotional debut against Klidson Abreu on November 9, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 163.[11] He won the fight via split decision.[12]

Gamzatov was scheduled to face Ovince Saint Preux on April 25, 2020.[13] However, Gamzatov was forced to pull from the event due to COVID-19 pandemic travel restriction [14] The match was rescheduled on August 22, 2020 at UFC on ESPN 15.[15]However, for unknown reason, Gamzatov was pulled from the bout and he was replaced by Alonzo Menifield.[16]

Gamzatov was briefly linked to a bout against Devin Clark on November 28, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Blaydes vs. Lewis.[17] However, Gamzatov was removed from the bout in mid-October due to alleged visa issues and was replaced by Anthony Smith on the card.[18]

Gamzatov was scheduled to face Da Un Jung on April 10, 2021 at UFC on ABC 2.[19] However, Gamzatov was removed from the bout on March 24 due to alleged visa issues and replaced by William Knight.[20]

Gamzatov faced Michał Oleksiejczuk on October 30, 2021 at UFC 267.[21] He lost the bout via TKO in the first round, losing for the first time in his professional career.[22]

Gamzatov was scheduled to face Misha Cirkunov on August 6, 2022 at UFC on ESPN: Santos vs. Hill.[23] However, Gamzatov was unable to obtain a US visa and the bout was scrapped, after which he and the UFC parted ways.[24]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit


  • Abu Dhabi grappling tournament
    • 3x tournament winner.
  • World Grappling Association
    • World champion (92 kg).


  • World Mixed Martial Arts Amateur Union
    • European champion 2013 (93 kg).
    • World champion 2013 (93 kg).

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
15 matches 14 wins 1 loss
By knockout 5 1
By submission 5 0
By decision 4 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 14–1 Michał Oleksiejczuk TKO (punches) UFC 267 October 30, 2021 1 3:31 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 14–0 Klidson Abreu Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Magomedsharipov vs. Kattar November 9, 2019 3 5:00 Moscow, Russia Return to Light Heavyweight.
Win 13–0 Rex Harris Decision (unanimous) PFL 6 August 16, 2018 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 2018 PFL Middleweight Tournament Opening Round.
Win 12–0 Eddie Gordon Decision (unanimous) PFL 3 July 5, 2018 3 5:00 Washington, D.C., United States Middleweight debut. 2018 PFL Middleweight Tournament Opening Round.
Win 11–0 Rodney Wallace Decision (split) ACB 51 January 13, 2017 3 5:00 Irvine, California, United States
Win 10–0 Teddy Holder TKO (punches) WSOF 27 January 23, 2016 1 2:32 Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Win 9–0 Yuri Gorbenko Submission (triangle choke) N1 Pro: Nomad Pro MMA Cup 2014 October 5, 2014 1 3:39 Grozny, Russia
Win 8–0 Sukhrob Muradov TKO (punches) Fight Star: Saransk vs. Penza September 5, 2014 1 1:16 Saransk, Russia
Win 7–0 Vladimir Mishchenko Submission (guillotine choke) Warriors Honor: Mayor's Cup December 4, 2013 2 2:07 Kharkov, Ukraine
Win 6–0 Andrey Musanipov Submission (armbar) Battle of Champions 2 August 25, 2013 2 1:14 Ufa, Russia
Win 5–0 Ivan Fedunov KO (punch) Versia Fighting Championship 1 August 17, 2013 1 3:52 Pyatigorsk, Russia Return to Light Heavyweight.
Win 4–0 Ilya Gunenko Submission (armbar) WCSA Combat League: Combat Ring 3 June 30, 2013 1 2:14 Odessa, Ukraine Heavyweight debut.
Win 3–0 Rustam Omar-Ogly Submission (armbar) Derbent Fighting Championship July 13, 2012 1 3:40 Derbent, Russia
Win 2–0 Assaad Raad TKO (punches) Top Fight: Battle of the Gyms February 25, 2012 2 2:35 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Win 1–0 Murat Aibazov TKO (punches) FoPoKC: Cup of Friendship January 30, 2012 2 1:35 Teberda, Russia Light Heavyweight debut.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Shamil Gamzatov". Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  2. ^ "PFL roster revealed: Six of these 72 fighters will be millionaires by year's end". 16 April 2018. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  3. ^ "Первенство и чемпионат Северо-Кавказского Федерального округа по самбо".
  4. ^ "Shamil Gamzatov".
  5. ^ "Shamil Gamzatov Interview: Russia Bringing Their Finest". 27 November 2019.
  6. ^ "WSOF 27 adds Ricci vs. Fodor and Gamzatov vs. Holder". 19 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Видео боя Родни Уоллас - Шамиль Гамзатов ACB 51 -".
  8. ^ "Нурмагомедов, Гольцов, Валиев, Гришин и другие бойцы из России побьются за $6,000,000". Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  9. ^ "Fight Card - PFL 6". PFL.
  10. ^ "Shamil Gamzatov in the UFC".
  11. ^ Adriano Albuquerque (2019-08-22). "Klidson Abreu faces unbeaten Russian Shamil Gamzatov at UFC Moscow in November". Sportv (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  12. ^ Evanoff, Josh (2019-11-09). "UFC Moscow Results: Shamil Gamzatov Decisions Klidson Abreu". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-11-09.
  13. ^ Farah Hannoun (2020-02-06). "Ovince Saint Preux vs. Shamil Gamzatov added to UFC Lincoln". Retrieved 2020-02-06.
  14. ^ "Shamil Gamzatov out of UFC on ESPN+ 31 fight vs. Ovince Saint Preux". MMA Junkie. 2020-04-05. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  15. ^ DNA, MMA (2 July 2020). "Ovince St.Preux vs. Shamil Gamzatov opnieuw ingepland, ditmaal voor 22 augustus". Retrieved 2020-07-03.
  16. ^ Newswire, MMA Fighting (2020-08-13). "Ovince Saint Preux vs. Alonzo Menifield booked as co-main event for Aug. 22 UFC event". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  17. ^ DNA, MMA (2020-10-13). "Devin Clark vs. Shamil Gamzatov toegevoegd aan UFC evenement op 28 november". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2020-10-13.
  18. ^ Nolan King and Mike Bohn (2020-10-15). "Devin Clark vs. Anthony Smith added to UFC's Nov. 28 event in Las Vegas". Retrieved 2020-10-15.
  19. ^ Redactie (2021-02-03). "Da Un Jung faces undefeated Shamil Gamzatov at UFC event on April 10". (in Dutch). Retrieved 2021-02-23.
  20. ^ Nolan King (2021-03-24). "William Knight out of UFC 260 due to COVID-19 protocols; Alonzo Menifield meets Fabio Cherant". Retrieved 2021-03-24.
  21. ^ Dorff, Marcel (2021-07-21). "Michal Oleksiejczuk vs. Shamil Gamzatov toegevoegd aan UFC 267 in Abu Dhabi". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2021-07-21.
  22. ^ Evanoff, Josh (2021-10-30). "UFC 267 Results: Michał Oleksiejczuk Overwhelms Shamil Gamzatov". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-10-30.
  23. ^ Tkaczuk, Michał (2022-06-17). "Były rywal Michała Oleksiejczuka wróci w sierpniu do klatki UFC | MMAROCKS". MMA Rocks! (in Polish). Retrieved 2022-06-18.
  24. ^ Романчук, Владислав. "Российский боец Шамиль Гамзатов покинул UFC, несмотря на запланированный бой". (in Russian). Retrieved 2022-08-04.
  25. ^ "Shamil Gamzatov MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography -". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-11-09.

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