Nikita Krylov

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Nikita Andreyevich Krylov
Никита Андреевич Крылов
Микита Андрійович Крилов
BornNikita Andreyevich Krylov
(1992-03-07) March 7, 1992 (age 26)
Krasnyi Luch, Luhansk, Ukraine
Other namesThe Miner
ResidenceMoscow, Russia
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
DivisionLight heavyweight (current)
Reach77.5 in (197 cm)
Fighting out ofDonetsk, Donetsk People's Republic
TeamVale Tudo MMA Academy
YK Promotion
Fight Club number one (formally)
RankBlack belt[citation needed] and Master of Sports of Ukraine in Kyokushin karate[1]
Master of Sports of Ukraine in hand-to-hand combat[1]
Master of Sports in Submission Fighting[1]
Years active2012— present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout10
By submission14
By knockout1
By submission5
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Nikita Andreyevich Krylov (Russian: Никита Андреевич Крылов; Ukrainian: Микита Андрійович Крилов; born March 7, 1992) is a Ukrainian mixed martial artist of Russian heritage. He competes in the light heavyweight division.[1] He was the first Ukrainian to sign with the UFC. A professional since 2012, he has also competed for M-1 Global. As of November 7, 2018, he is ranked #15 in the official UFC light heavyweight rankings.[2]


Krylov was born into a Russian family from Krasnyi Luch in Ukraine.[3][4] He originally began training in Kyokushin Karate at the age of ten, as his father had been a successful competitor in the sport himself. Krylov made the transition into mixed martial arts in 2012.[1][5]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Krylov made his debut on July 27, 2012, at West Fight 4 in Donetsk, Ukraine, defeating Alexander Umrikhin via TKO. He won eleven more fights in the next five months (10 submissions, 1 TKO), before losing via submission to Vladimir Mishchenko on December 29 at Oplot Challenge 22. After two quick wins in a Gladiators Fighting Challenge tournament in Donetsk on January 19, 2013, he rematched Mishchenko on March 8 at Oplot Challenge 40, and again being submitted by an arm-triangle choke. A month later, he defeated Gabriel Tampu by TKO at M-1 Challenge 38 in St. Petersburg, Russia.[6]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

With a record of 15-2, Krylov was signed by the UFC and made his debut on August 31, 2013, at UFC 164 against Soa Palelei.[7][8] He lost via third-round TKO in a lackluster fight that saw both fighters exhausted after the first round.[9] Krylov blamed his fatigue on nervousness and a long trip from Donetsk to Milwaukee.[10]

Krylov returned on January 25, 2014, in the opening bout of UFC on Fox 7, against Walt Harris.[11] He scored a 25-second TKO victory via head kick and follow-up punches.[12]

Following the win, Krylov told reporters he was considering dropping down to the light heavyweight division for his next bout.[10]

For his first fight at light heavyweight, Krylov replaced Thiago Silva against Ovince Saint Preux on March 15, 2015, at UFC 171.[13] He was choked unconscious in the first round by a Von Flue choke while attempting a guillotine.[14]

Krylov faced Cody Donovan on July 19, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 46.[15] He won the fight by TKO in the final seconds of the first round.[16]

Next he fought Stanislav Nedkov on January 24, 2015, at UFC on Fox 14.[17] He won the fight by submission due to a standing guillotine choke just over a minute into the first round.[18]

Krylov was briefly linked to a bout with Marcos Rogério de Lima on June 20, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 69.[19] However, the pairing was booked to take place a week later at UFC Fight Night 70.[20] Subsequently, De Lima was removed from the card on June 19, after visa issues restricted his entry to the United States.[21] The bout with De Lima was scheduled for a third time and took place on August 23, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 74.[22] After surviving two guillotine attempts from de Lima, Krylov won the fight by submission due to a rear-naked choke halfway through the first round.[23]

Krylov was briefly linked to a matchup with Jimi Manuwa on February 27, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 84.[24] However, Manuwa was scratched from the contest with an undisclosed injury in late December and the bout cancelled.[25]

Krylov faced Francimar Barroso on May 8, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 87.[26] Krylov won the fight via submission in the second round.[27]

Krylov faced Ed Herman on July 30, 2016, at UFC 201.[28] After a dominating first round for Krylov, he won the fight by knockout due to a head kick 40 seconds into the second.[29]

Krylov next faced Misha Cirkunov on December 10, 2016 at UFC 206.[30] He lost the fight via submission in the first round.[31]

On February 17, 2017 it was reported, surprisingly to some, that Krylov had been released from the UFC.[32] Krylov himself later explained his departure from the organization, saying that he had chosen to not re-sign his contract. He said that he liked to compete elsewhere to better his skills and be able to fight closer to his home in Ukraine.[33]

Eurasia Fight Nights/Fight Nights Global[edit]

Following his UFC stint, Krylov signed a multi-fight contract with the Eurasia Fight Nights (EFN)/Fight Nights Global promotion.[34]

He was set to make his promotional debut against former Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Emanuel Newton on June 2, 2017 at Fight Nights Global 68.[35] However, Newton was later scarpped from the card and replaced by Stjepan Bekavac.[36] Krylov won the fight by submission due to a guillotine choke, 53 seconds into the first round.[37]

Next he fought outside of his new promotion when he took on Maro Perak on August 26, 2017, for the Donbass Association of Combat Sports promotion.[38] Krylov won the fight by TKO in the beginning of the second round.

Back in Fight Nights Global, Krylov got rescheduled against former Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Emanuel Newton on October 13, 2017 at Fight Nights Global 77. He won the fight by knockout from a knee, 43 seconds into the first round.[39][40]

Krylov challenged for the FNG light heavyweight title against champion and fellow former UFC fighter Fabio Maldonado on May 19, 2018 at Fight Nights Global 87.[41] He won the fight via knockout in the second round.

UFC return[edit]

In late June 2018, Fight Nights Global president Kamil Gadzhiev announced that the promotion has released Krylov from his contract in order to allow him to negotiate a new contract with the UFC. [42]

Krylov faced Jan Blachowicz on September 15, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 136.[43] He lost the fight via submission in the second round.[44]

Personal life[edit]

Krylov is enrolled at Donetsk Law Institute, and his heroes are Ilya Mate, Igor Vovchanchyn and Al Capone,[1] after whom he is nicknamed and models his gimmick.[10] Before his fight against Francimar Barroso, he changed his nickname from "Al Capone" to "The Miner" out of respect to his hometown (Donetsk), which consisted of many occupational miners.[45]


Krylov stated that if the Luhansk People's Republic ever received recognition, he would be the first in line for a passport.[3][46] Ukrainian media has noted that even whilst training in Kiev, Krylov wore a uniform bearing the Russian flag, despite the dispute between the countries.[4]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Gladiators FC
    • GFC 2 Heavyweight Tournament Winner

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 24–6 Jan Błachowicz Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Oliynyk September 15, 2018 2 2:41 Moscow, Russia
Win 24–5 Fábio Maldonado KO (punch) Fight Nights Global 87: Khachatryan vs. Queally May 19, 2018 2 3:33 Rostov-on-Don, Russia Won the FNG Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 23–5 Emanuel Newton KO (knee) Fight Nights Global 77: Krylov vs. Newton October 13, 2017 1 0:43 Surgut, Russia
Win 22–5 Maro Perak TKO (punches) Donbass Association of Combat Sports: United Donbass August 26, 2017 2 0:36 Donetsk, Ukraine
Win 21–5 Stjepan Bekavac Submission (guillotine choke) Fight Nights Global 68: Pavlovich vs. Mokhnatkin June 2, 2017 1 0:53 St. Petersburg, Russia
Loss 20–5 Misha Cirkunov Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 206 December 10, 2016 1 4:38 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 20–4 Ed Herman KO (head kick) UFC 201 July 30, 2016 2 0:40 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 19–4 Francimar Barroso Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Arlovski May 8, 2016 2 3:11 Rotterdam, Netherlands
Win 18–4 Marcos Rogério de Lima Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Oliveira August 23, 2015 1 2:29 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Win 17–4 Stanislav Nedkov Submission (standing guillotine choke) UFC on Fox: Gustafsson vs. Johnson January 24, 2015 1 1:24 Stockholm, Sweden
Win 16–4 Cody Donovan TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Brandao July 19, 2014 1 4:57 Dublin, Ireland
Loss 15–4 Ovince Saint Preux Technical Submission (Von Flue choke) UFC 171 March 15, 2014 1 1:29 Dallas, Texas, United States Light Heavyweight debut.
Win 15–3 Walt Harris TKO (head kick and punches) UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Thomson January 25, 2014 1 0:25 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 14–3 Soa Palelei TKO (punches) UFC 164 August 31, 2013 3 1:34 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 14–2 Gabriel Tampu TKO (punches) M-1 Challenge 38 April 9, 2013 1 4:27 St. Petersburg, Russia
Loss 13–2 Vladimir Mishchenko Submission (arm-triangle choke) Oplot Challenge 40 March 8, 2013 1 0:58 Kharkiv, Ukraine
Win 13–1 Julian Bogdanov KO (punch) Gladiators FC 2 January 19, 2013 1 1:17 Donetsk, Ukraine
Loss 12–1 Vladimir Mishchenko Submission (arm-triangle choke) Oplot Challenge 22 December 29, 2012 1 1:47 Kharkiv, Ukraine
Win 12–0 Denis Simkin Submission (americana) Gladiators FC 1 December 22, 2012 1 0:35 Donetsk, Ukraine
Win 11–0 Valery Scherbakov Submission (Achilles lock) Warriors Honor: Igor Vovchanchyn Cup November 9, 2012 1 1:38 Kharkiv, Ukraine
Win 10–0 Vladimir Gerasimchik Submission (kimura) Oplot Challenge 7 October 20, 2012 1 1:35 Kharkiv, Ukraine
Win 9–0 Igor Kukurudziak Submission (kimura) ECSF: Kolomyi Cup October 13, 2012 1 2:47 Kolomyia, Ukraine
Win 8–0 Viktor Smirnov TKO (doctor stoppage) ECSF: MMA Lion Cup October 2, 2012 1 0:12 Lviv, Ukraine
Win 7–0 Anatoliy Didenko Submission (Achilles lock) Oplot Challenge 4 September 15, 2012 1 0:29 Kharkiv, Ukraine
Win 6–0 Alexey Stepanov Submission (rear-naked choke) ECSF: MMA Ukraine Cup 7 September 14, 2012 1 0:29 Donetsk, Ukraine
Win 5–0 Svyatoslav Scherbakov Submission (armbar) ECSF: MMA Ukraine Cup 6 August 26, 2012 1 1:44 Pervomaisk, Ukraine
Win 4–0 Anatoliy Didenko Submission (rear-naked choke) ECSF: MMA Ukraine Cup 5 August 18, 2012 1 2:08 Cherkassy, Ukraine
Win 3–0 Alexey Artemenko Submission (guillotine choke) Big Boys Fights August 16, 2012 1 2:20 Donetsk, Ukraine
Win 2–0 Denis Bogdanov Submission (rear-naked choke) ECSF: Cup of West Ukraine 2012 August 10, 2012 1 1:31 Truskavets, Ukraine
Win 1–0 Alexander Umrikhin TKO (punches) West Fight 4 July 27, 2012 1 0:56 Donetsk, Ukraine


See also[edit]


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