Bilyal Makhov

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Bilyal Valeryevich Makhov
Билял Валерьевич Махов
Personal information
EthnicityCircassian-Kabardian
CitizenshipRussian
Born (1987-09-20) September 20, 1987 (age 31)
Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia
ResidenceMakhachkala
Khasavyurt
Height196 cm (6 ft 5 in)
Weight125–130 kg (276–287 lb)
Sport
CountryKabardino-Balkaria, Russia
SportWrestling
Event(s)Freestyle and Greco-Roman
ClubCSKA Wrestling club, Khasavyurt WC
Coached byGadzhi Gadzhiev, Magomed Guseinov, Khankala Gadzhimagomedov

Bilyal Valerievich Makhov (Russian: Билял Валерьевич Махов, Kabardian: Махуэ Билал Валерий и къуэ; born 20 September 1987 in Nalchik) is a Circassian-Kabardian-born Russian mixed martial artist, freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestler. He is signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, currently competing in the Heavyweight division. He was the Russian champion in 2007 and 2010, European champion in 2010 and World champion in 2007, 2009 and 2010 in Men's Freestyle 120 kg wrestling and bronze medalist in 130 kg Greco-Roman Wrestling at the World Championships in 2014 and 2015. In 2015, he won the Russian National Greco-Roman Wrestling Championships

He won the bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the men's 120 kg category.

On July 5, 2015 at the Ali Aliyev Memorial he took revenge on Olympic rival Davit Modzmanashvili by technical superiority score and won this tournament.[1]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On April 25, 2015, it was announced that Makhov had signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship to compete in the heavyweight division. Makhov will continue to wrestle and had hoped to medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[2]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

International Titles[edit]

  • Freestyle:
    • 2007 World Champion – 120 kg (Baku, Azerbaijan)
    • 2008 Golden Grand-Prix Ivan Yarygin 3rd – 120 kg (Krasnoyarsk, Russia)
    • 2009 World Champion – 120 kg (Herning, Denmark)
    • 2010 European Champion – 120 kg (Baku, Azerbaijan)
    • 2010 World Champion – 120 kg (Moscow, Russia)
    • 2011 World Championships runner-up – 120 kg (Istanbul, Turkey)
    • 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist – 120 kg (London, England)
    • 2015 Ali Aliyev Memorial winner – 125 kg (Kaspiysk, Dagestan)
    • 2015 World Championships Bronze Medalist – 125 kg (Las Vegas, United States)
  • Greco-Roman:
    • 2014 World Championships Bronze Medalist – 130 kg (Tashkent, Uzbekistan)
    • 2015 World Championships Bronze Medalist – 130 kg (Las Vegas, United States)

International accomplishments[edit]

The first wrestler in 43 years to win a medal at the world championships in both freestyle and Greco-Roman (the last person to accomplish this was Wilfried Dietrich in 1962).

National Titles[edit]

  • Freestyle:
    • 2006 Russian National Runner-up – 120 kg (Nizhnevartovsk, Yugra)
    • 2007 Russian National Champion – 120 kg (Moscow)
    • 2008 Russian National Bronze Medalist – 120 kg (Saint Petersburg, Leningrad)
    • 2009 Russian National Champion – 120 kg (Kazan, Tatarstan)
    • 2010 Russian National Champion – 120 kg (Volgograd)
    • 2012 Russian National Champion – 120 kg (Saint Petersburg, Leningrad)
  • Greco-Roman:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bilyal Makhov winner Ali Aliyev Memorial". championat.com. 5 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Olympic medalist Bilyal Makhov signs with UFC, still eyes 2016 Summer Games". MMAJunkie.com. 25 April 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2015.

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