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Sultan Magomedbegovich Aliev (Russian: Султан Магомедбегович Алиев; Avar: Султан Гӏалиев; born September 17, 1984, Dagestan) is a retired Russian mixed martial artist and sambist of Avar heritage from Dagestan, who competed in the Welterweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is also a veteran of the ProFC organization and Bellator MMA.

Sultan Aliev
Султан Алиев
BornSultan Magomedbegovich Aliev
(1984-09-17) September 17, 1984 (age 34)
Kaspiysk, Dagestan, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union[1]
Native nameSultan Gӏaliyev
Султан Гӏалиев
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
DivisionWelterweight (current)
Middleweight (2013–2014)
Light Heavyweight (2011–2013)
StyleCombat Sambo
Fighting out ofDerbent, Dagestan, Russia
Coconut Creek, Florida, U.S.
TeamChampion Derbent
American Top Team
Eagles MMA
TrainerGreg Jackson (MMA), Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov (Sambo/MMA)
RankInternational master of sport in Combat Sambo[2]
WrestlingMaster of sports in Freestyle Wrestling[2]
Years active2011–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout10
By decision5
By knockout2
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Sultan Aliev
Medal record
Representing  Russia
Men's Combat Sambo
FIAS World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2014 Narita, Japan 90 kg



Sultan Aliev was born in Kaspiysk, Dagestan, Soviet Union. He is a Russian of Avar descent and a devout Sunni Muslim. He started in Combat Sambo in 23 years old, on 2009 he won Combat Sambo European Championship in Milan, Italy. On 2010 he received the rank "International Master of Sports in Combat Sambo"[3] After Russian Combat Sambo Nationals 2011 (3rd), he made his professional MMA debut in ProFC and won the first fight to Sergey Guzev.

Sambo careerEdit

On February 5, 2012 Aliev lost to Vyacheslav Vasilevsky on Combat Sambo Russia Championship 2012 Finale (-90 kg) via decision (1–5).[4]

On February 24, 2014 Aliev won against Vasilevsky on Combat Sambo Russia Championship 2014 Finale (-90 kg) via TKO.[5]

On 24 November 2014 Aliev became World Combat Sambo Champion (-90 kg). In finale match he over French Sebastian Libebe via TKO.[6]

In Russian Nationals 2016 he lost to Khadis Ibragimov by knockout in semifinal and retired from the championship.[7]

Mixed martial artsEdit


Aliev started his MMA career in ProFC in April 2011. He defeated Sergey Guzev on April 9, 2011 at ProFC 14 via unanimous decision.[8]

Aliev defeated Armenian MMA prospect Hracho Darpinyan on July 2, 2011 at ProFC - Union Nation Cup Final via unanimous decision.[8]

Aliev defeated Fuad Gadyrov on September 26, 2011 at ProFC: Grand Prix Global. He won via KO in the second round.[8]

Aliev defeated taekwondo black belt Marcin Elsner on December 10, 2011 at ProFC: Grand Prix Global Finals. He won via TKO in the first round.[8]

Bellator MMAEdit

In 2013, Aliev was announced as one of the participants of the Bellator Season 8 Middleweight tournament.

Aliev debuted on February 14, 2013 at Bellator 89 where he faced Mikkel Parlo in the quarterfinal round. Aliev won the fight via unanimous decision to advance to the semifinals.[9]

In the semifinals, Aliev faced Doug Marshall on March 7, 2013 at Bellator 92.[10] Despite controlling the fight via his wrestling, Aliev lost via split decision, resulting in his first professional MMA loss.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

On May 7, 2014 it was announced that Aliev had signed a contract with the UFC.[11]

Aliev made his promotional debut against Kenny Robertson in a welterweight bout on January 24, 2015 at UFC on Fox 14.[12] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.

Aliev was expected to face Hyun Gyu Lim on August 20, 2016 at UFC 202.[13] However, Aliev pulled out of the fight in early August citing a wrist injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Mike Perry.[14][15]

Aliev faced Bojan Veličković on December 17, 2016 at UFC on Fox 22.[16] He won the fight via split decision.[17]

Aliev was expected to face Nordine Taleb on 16 December 2017 at UFC on FOX 26.[18] However, Aliev was removed from the card in early December due to alleged visa issues restricting his ability to travel and was replaced by Danny Roberts.[19]

Aliev faced Warlley Alves on May 12, 2018 at UFC 224.[20] He lost the fight via TKO due to a doctor stoppage at the end of the second round.[21]

Aliev was expected to face Lyman Good on November 3, 2018 at UFC 230.[22] However, it was reported on October 19, 2018 that Aliev pulled out from the event citing injury and he was replace by Ben Saunders.[23]

Aliev was expected to face Emil Weber Meek on April 20, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 149.[24] However, on March 3, 2019 it was announced that Meek withdrew from the bout due to undisclosed reasons[25] and was replaced by Keita Nakamura.[26] Aliev won the fight via unanimous decision.[27] Following the bout, Aliev announced his retirement from mixed martial arts competition.[28]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit


  • Federation Internationale de Sambo (FIAS)
    • World Combat Sambo Championships (2014, Chiba)
  • World Combat Sambo Federation
    • European Combat Sambo Championships (2012, Moscow)
  • All-Russian Sambo Federation
    • Russian Combat Sambo National Championships 3rd (2010, 2011)
    • Russian Combat Sambo National Championships runner-up (2012)
    • Russian Combat Sambo National Champion (2014, World team-trials)

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
18 matches 15 wins 3 losses
By knockout 10 2
By submission 0 0
By decision 5 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 15–3 Keita Nakamura Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Oleinik April 20, 2019 3 5:00 Saint Petersburg, Russia
Loss 14–3 Warlley Alves TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC 224 May 12, 2018 2 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 14–2 Bojan Veličković Decision (split) UFC on Fox: VanZant vs. Waterson December 17, 2016 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Loss 13–2 Kenny Robertson KO (punches) UFC on Fox: Gustafsson vs. Johnson January 24, 2015 1 2:42 Stockholm, Sweden Welterweight debut.
Win 13–1 Charles Andrade TKO (punches) MMA Star in the Ring: Shamil vs Renat March 1, 2014 2 1:56 Makhachkala, Russia
Win 12–1 Ruslan Khaskhanov TKO (punches) Fight Nights: Battle on Terek October 4, 2013 1 2:28 Grozny, Russia
Win 11–1 Kleber Bagunça KO (punch) World Ultimate Full Contact 2013 August 24, 2013 1 0:28 Lamego, Portugal
Win 10–1 Viktor Kiyko TKO (punches) World Ultimate Full Contact 2013 August 24, 2013 1 2:22 Lamego, Portugal
Loss 9–1 Doug Marshall Decision (split) Bellator 92 March 7, 2013 3 5:00 Temecula, California, United States Bellator Season 8 Middleweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 9–0 Mikkel Parlo Decision (unanimous) Bellator 89 February 14, 2013 3 5:00 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States Middleweight debut. Bellator Season 8 Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 8–0 Arunas Vilius TKO (punches) New FC: Battle of the Stars December 22, 2012 1 N/A Makhachkala, Russia
Win 7–0 Alexei Varagushin TKO (punches) WH: Igor Vovchanchyn Cup November 9, 2012 1 N/A Kharkiv, Ukraine
Win 6–0 Vladimir Fedin TKO (punches) WH: Igor Vovchanchyn Cup November 9, 2012 1 N/A Kharkiv, Ukraine
Win 5–0 Luis Henrique TKO (punches) Revolution FC 1: Beirut March 9, 2012 2 2:30 Beirut, Lebanon
Win 4–0 Marcin Elsner TKO (punches) ProFC: Grand Prix Global Finals December 10, 2011 1 1:53 Rostov-on-Don, Russia Won the ProFC Light Heavyweight Grand Prix.
Win 3–0 Fuad Gadyrov KO (punch) ProFC Grand Prix Global: Caucasus September 26, 2011 2 3:24 Derbent, Russia
Win 2–0 Hracho Darpinyan Decision (unanimous) ProFC: Union Nation Cup Final July 2, 2011 3 5:00 Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Win 1–0 Sergey Guzev Decision (unanimous) ProFC: Union Nation Cup 14 April 9, 2011 2 5:00 Rostov-on-Don, Russia


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Sultan Aliev". Retrieved April 1, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Sultan Aliev - Official UFC Fighter Profile". Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  3. ^ "Aliev is International Master of Sports". Retrieved June 18, 2010.
  4. ^ "Aliev lost to sambo world champion". Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  5. ^ "Aliev won rematch to Vasilevsky". Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  6. ^ "Aliev won World Sambo Championships again". Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  7. ^ "Aliev lost again". Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  8. ^ a b c d "Aliev vs. Guzev". Retrieved April 7, 2011.
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  11. ^ "Newcomer from Russia in UFC". Retrieved May 7, 2014.
  12. ^ Staff (2014-11-14). "Kenny Robertson meets newcomer Sultan Aliev at UFC on FOX 14 in Sweden". Retrieved 2014-11-14.
  13. ^ Staff (2016-06-22). "Sultan Aliev vs. Hyun Gyu Lim set for UFC 202". Retrieved 2016-06-22.
  14. ^ Staff (2016-08-03). "Sultan Aliev injured, out of UFC 202 bout with Hyun Gyu Lim". Retrieved 2016-08-03.
  15. ^ Staff (2016-08-04). "Mike Perry Replaces Aliev at UFC 202". Archived from the original on 2016-08-22. Retrieved 2016-08-04.
  16. ^ Staff (2016-10-18). "Two fights added to UFC on FOX 22". Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  17. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-12-17). "UFC on FOX 22 results: Sultan Aliev's top game leads to split decision over Bojan Velickovic". Retrieved 2016-12-17.
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  19. ^ Peter Carroll (2017-12-04). "Several changes announced for UFC on FOX 26". Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  20. ^ Staff (2018-03-20). "Warlley Alves set to meet Sultan Aliev at UFC 224 in Rio de Janeiro". Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  21. ^ "UFC 224 results: Warlley Alves outstrikes Sultan Aliev, doctor waves off fight after two". MMAjunkie. 2018-05-12. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  22. ^ Mark LaMonica (2018-08-02). "NYC's Lyman Good to face Sultan Aliev in UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden". Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  23. ^ DNA, MMA (2018-10-20). "Ben Saunders pakt short notice partij tegen Lyman Good tijdens UFC 230 in New York". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  24. ^ Staf (2019-02-22). "Emil Meek returns vs. Sultan Aliev at UFC Russia". Retrieved 2019-02-22.
  25. ^ eixeira, Dario Ferrari Rocha T. "Emil Meek out, Sultan Aliev now faces Keita Nakamura at UFC St Petersburg". Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  26. ^ DNA, MMA. "Sultan Aliev vs. Keita Nakamura toegevoegd aan UFC St.Petersburg". Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  27. ^ Doherty, Dan (2019-04-20). "UFC St. Petersburg Results: Sultan Aliev Controls Keita Nakamura for Three Rounds". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-04-20.
  28. ^ Lee, Alexander (2019-04-20). "Sultan Aliev announces retirement after UFC St. Petersburg win". Retrieved 2019-04-20.
  29. ^ "Sultan Aliev MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography -". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-10-20.

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