|Nikita Andreyevich Krylov|
Никита Андреевич Крылов
Микита Андрійович Крилов
|Born||Nikita Andreyevich Krylov|
March 7, 1992
Krasnyi Luch, Luhansk, Ukraine
|Other names||The Miner|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
|Division||Light heavyweight (current) |
|Reach||77.5 in (197 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Donetsk, Donetsk People's Republic|
|Team||Vale Tudo MMA Academy |
Fight Club number one (formally)
|Rank||Black belt and Master of Sports of Ukraine in Kyokushin karate|
Master of Sports of Ukraine in hand-to-hand combat
Master of Sports in Submission Fighting
|Years active||2012— present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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. 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.
- 1 Background
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Controversy
- 5 Championships and accomplishments
- 6 Mixed martial arts record
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Krylov was born into a Russian family from Krasnyi Luch in Ukraine. 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.
Mixed martial arts career
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.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
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. He lost via third-round TKO in a lackluster fight that saw both fighters exhausted after the first round. Krylov blamed his fatigue on nervousness and a long trip from Donetsk to Milwaukee.
Following the win, Krylov told reporters he was considering dropping down to the light heavyweight division for his next bout.
For his first fight at light heavyweight, Krylov replaced Thiago Silva against Ovince Saint Preux on March 15, 2015, at UFC 171. He was choked unconscious in the first round by a Von Flue choke while attempting a guillotine.
Krylov was briefly linked to a bout with Marcos Rogério de Lima on June 20, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 69. However, the pairing was booked to take place a week later at UFC Fight Night 70. Subsequently, De Lima was removed from the card on June 19, after visa issues restricted his entry to the United States. The bout with De Lima was scheduled for a third time and took place on August 23, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 74. 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.
Krylov was briefly linked to a matchup with Jimi Manuwa on February 27, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 84. However, Manuwa was scratched from the contest with an undisclosed injury in late December and the bout cancelled.
On February 17, 2017 it was reported, surprisingly to some, that Krylov had been released from the UFC. 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.
Eurasia Fight Nights/Fight Nights Global
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. However, Newton was later scarpped from the card and replaced by Stjepan Bekavac. Krylov won the fight by submission due to a guillotine choke, 53 seconds into the first round.
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. 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.
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. He won the fight via knockout in the second round.
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. 
Krylov is enrolled at Donetsk Law Institute, and his heroes are Ilya Mate, Igor Vovchanchyn and Al Capone, after whom he is nicknamed and models his gimmick. 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.
Krylov stated that if the Luhansk People's Republic ever received recognition, he would be the first in line for a passport. Ukrainian media has noted that even whilst training in Kiev, Krylov wore a uniform bearing the Russian flag, despite the dispute between the countries.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Gladiators FC
- GFC 2 Heavyweight Tournament Winner
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|30 matches||24 wins||6 losses|
|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|
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