|Born||August 8, 1988 |
Grozny, Chechen-Ingush ASSR, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||73 in (185 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Vienna, Austria|
|Team||Tiger Muay Thai |
Berkut MMA 
|Trainer||Muay Thai: Kru Phet |
Wresting: Zelimkhan Huseynov
MMA: Roger Huerta, George Hickman
BJJ: Alex Schild, Chris Vamos
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mairbek Vakhaevich Taisumov (Russian: Майрбек Вахаевич Тайсумов; born August 8, 1988 in Chechnya) is a Russian-Austrian mixed martial artist of Chechen descent. He fights in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and previously fought for M-1 Global.
Early and personal life
Taisumov was born on August 8, 1988, in Grozny, the capital of the modern-day Chechen Republic of Russia. He is from the Yalkhoy (Biytro gar) teip (clan). He fights out of Vienna, Austria and trains at MMA Vienna and Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket, Thailand. He started his sporting career as a football player before realizing fighting was his true passion and devoting his career to martial arts. He made his professional MMA debut in 2007. He is a devout Sunni Muslim. In July 2018, Taisumov got a Moroccan citizenship to aid him in getting a U.S. visa.
Mixed martial arts career
Taisumov knocked out Julien Boussuge in the first round on May 29, 2010, at M-1 Selection 2010: Western Europe Round 3.
Taisumov defeated M-1 veteran Yuri Ivlev by second-round TKO on March 5, 2011, at M-1 Challenge 23.
Taisumov knocked out Josh Bacallao in the first round on July 8, 2011, at M-1 Challenge 26.
Taisumov knocked out Joshua Thorpe in the second round on November 20, 2011, at M-1 Global: Fedor vs Monson.
Taisumov lost a split decision to Marat Gafurov on June 21, 2012, at M-1 Global: Fedor vs Rizzo.
Taisumov was expected to face Musa Khamanaev for the M-1 Global Lightweight Championship on November 15, 2012 at M-1 Challenge 35. The bout was cancelled for unknown reasons. Taisumov instead faced Leon Del Gaudio, whom he submitted in the first round.
Taisumov made Niko Puhakka submit to first-round leg kicks on June 8, 2013, at M-1 Challenge 40.
In his final M-1 Global bout, Taisumov submitted Artem Damkovsky in the third round of a rematch on November 30, 2013, at M-1 Challenge 44.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Taisumov was expected to face UFC veteran Gleison Tibau on March 23, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 38. Tibau pulled out of the bout due to a knee injury and was replaced by Michel Prazeres, who won a dominant unanimous decision.
Taisumov was expected to face Yan Cabral on January 24, 2015, at UFC on Fox 14. Cabral pulled out of the fight due to a knee injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Anthony Christodoulou, who Taisumov knocked out in the second round.
Taisumov was expected to face Beneil Dariush on January 17, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 81. Dariush pulled out of the fight in early December citing injury and was replaced by Chris Wade. However, Taisumov was removed from the fight over reported visa issues and was replaced by Mehdi Baghdad.
Taisumov was expected to face Nik Lentz at UFC 203 on September 10, 2016. However, Taisumov was removed from the fight during the week before the event over reported visa issues and was replaced by promotional newcomer Michael McBride.
Taisumov was expected to face Joaquim Silva on May 28, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 109. However, Taisumov pulled out of the fight on May 16 citing a knee injury. He was replaced by Reza Madadi.
Taisumov faced UFC newcomer Felipe Silva on September 2, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Struve vs. Volkov. He won the fight by knockout in the first round. The win earned Taisumov his third consecutive Performance of the Night bonus award.
Taisumov was expected to face Evan Dunham on April 7, 2018 at UFC 223. However, Taisumov was removed from the fight on March 9 again over reported visa issues. Dunham will now face Olivier Aubin-Mercier at the event.
Taisumov faced Desmond Green on September 15, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 136. At weigh-ins, Taisumov weighted five pounds over the lightweight non-title fight limit of 156 and was fined 40% of his purse to Green. Taisumov won the fight by unanimous decision.
On April 11, 2019, it was reported that USADA issued a six-month suspension for testing positive of stanozolol metabolites in an in-competition sample collected on September 15, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 136. USADA and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has determined the stanozolol metabolites was found from contaminated dietary supplements he digested. The suspension is retroactive to October 8, 2018 and he is eligible to fight again in May 8, 2019.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|33 matches||27 wins||6 losses|
|Loss||27–6||Carlos Diego Ferreira||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 242||September 7, 2019||3||5:00||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Win||27–5||Desmond Green||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Oliynyk||September 15, 2018||3||5:00||Moscow, Russia||Catchweight (161 lbs) bout; Taisumov missed weight.|
|Win||26–5||Felipe Silva||KO (punch)||UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Struve||September 2, 2017||1||1:24||Rotterdam, Netherlands||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||25–5||Damir Hadžović||KO (punch)||UFC Fight Night: Rothwell vs. dos Santos||April 10, 2016||1||3:44||Zagreb, Croatia||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||24–5||Alan Patrick||TKO (head kick and punches)||UFC Fight Night: Jedrzejczyk vs. Penne||June 20, 2015||2||1:30||Berlin, Germany||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||23–5||Anthony Christodoulou||KO (punches)||UFC on Fox: Gustafsson vs. Johnson||January 24, 2015||2||0:38||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Win||22–5||Marcin Bandel||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Story||October 4, 2014||1||1:01||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Loss||21–5||Michel Prazeres||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson 2||March 23, 2014||3||5:00||Natal, Brazil|
|Win||21–4||Tae Hyun Bang||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Saffiedine vs. Lim||January 4, 2014||3||5:00||Marina Bay, Singapore|
|Win||20–4||Artem Damkovsky||Submission (rear-naked choke)||M-1 Global - M-1 Challenge 44||November 30, 2013||3||2:25||Tula, Russia||Catchweight (163 lbs) bout.|
|Win||19–4||Niko Puhakka||Submission (leg kicks)||M-1 Global - M-1 Challenge 40||June 8, 2013||1||1:32||Ingushetia, Russia|
|Win||18–4||Leon Del Gaudio||Submission (guillotine choke)||M-1 Challenge 35 - Emelianenko vs. Monson||November 15, 2012||1||3:45||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Loss||17–4||Marat Gafurov||Decision (split)||M-1 Global - Fedor vs. Rizzo||June 21, 2012||3||5:00||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||17–3||Luca Poclit||Submission (punches)||EMS - Middleweight Tournament Opening Round||March 24, 2012||1||1:57||Iași, Romania|
|Win||16–3||Joshua Thorpe||KO (punches)||M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Monson||November 20, 2011||2||3:19||Moscow, Russia||Welterweight bout.|
|Win||15–3||Josh Bacallao||KO (punch)||M-1 Challenge 26: Garner vs. Bennett 2||July 8, 2011||1||2:01||Costa Mesa, California, United States|
|Win||14–3||Yuri Ivlev||TKO (punches)||M-1 Challenge 23: Guram vs. Grishin||March 5, 2011||2||1:38||Moscow, Russia|
|Win||13–3||Ivica Trušček||Submission (rear-naked choke)||GCF 1 - Judgement Day||December 5, 2010||1||1:19||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Loss||12–3||Artem Damkovsky||TKO (doctor stoppage)||M-1 Challenge 21: Guram vs. Garner||October 28, 2010||3||2:52||Saint Petersburg, Russia||For the M-1 Global Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||12–2||Serhiy Adamchuk||Submission (rear-naked choke)||M-1 Selection 2010: Eastern Europe Finals||July 22, 2010||1||3:04||Moscow, Russia||Won the M-1 Selection Eastern Europe Tournament.|
|Win||11–2||Julien Boussuge||KO (punch)||M-1 Selection 2010: Western Europe Round 3||May 29, 2010||1||4:11||Uusimaa, Finland|
|Win||10–2||Petr Cajnak||Submission (rear-naked choke)||HC 5 - Hell Cage 5||March 28, 2010||1||0:26||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Win||9–2||Borys Mańkowski||TKO (punches)||M-1 Selection 2010: Western Europe Round 1||February 5, 2010||2||0:55||Hilversum, Netherlands|
|Win||8–2||Markus Niskanen||TKO (punches)||Cage 11 - Battle of Nations||November 21, 2009||2||4:58||Tavastia Proper, Finland|
|Win||7–2||Olivier Elizabeth||Submission (rear-naked choke)||HC 4 - Hell Cage 4||September 20, 2009||1||1:32||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Win||6–2||Jarkko Latomaki||TKO (injury)||BP - Fight Night Vaasa||July 11, 2009||1||1:32||Ostrobothnia, Finland|
|Loss||5–2||Vener Galiev||Decision (unanimous)||Gladiator - 2009||May 23, 2009||2||5:00||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Win||5–1||David Rosmon||KO (knee)||HC 3 - Hell Cage 3||March 29, 2009||1||4:10||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Loss||4–1||Ivan Buchinger||Submission (bulldog choke)||HC 2 - Hell Cage 2||October 19, 2008||2||3:12||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Win||4–0||Maxim Usmaniev||Submission (armbar)||FA 3 - Fight Arena 3||June 14, 2008||1||0:00||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Win||3–0||Oto Merlin||TKO (punches)||FSC 1 - Fight Stage Championship 1||June 2, 2008||0||0:00||Košice, Slovakia|
|Win||2–0||Jaroslav Poborský||KO (punches)||GFF 7 - Gladiators Free Fight 7||May 8, 2008||1||1:44||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Win||1–0||Vaclav Pribyl||Submission (armbar)||CF 2 - Cage Fighting 2||February 24, 2007||2||0:00||Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany|
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