Ruslan Magomedov

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Ruslan Magomedov
Руслан Магомедов
Born (1986-11-26) November 26, 1986 (age 32)
Tsudakhar, Levashinsky District, Dagestan ASSR, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now Russia)
Other namesLeopard
ResidenceMoscow, Russia
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight236 lb (107 kg; 16.9 st)
Super heavyweight
Reach78 in (198 cm)[3]
StyleKickboxing, Boxing, Muay Thai, Karate, Wrestling
Fighting out ofDagestan, Russia
TeamAkhmat Fight Club
Berkut Fight Club
SC Bazarganova
American Kickboxing Academy (2016-present)
Years active2010–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission2
By decision8
By knockout1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
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Ruslan Magomedov

Ruslan Gadzhimagomedovich Magomedov (Russian: Руслан Гаджимагомедович Магомедов; born November 26, 1986 in Dagestan) is a Russian mixed martial artist of Dargin heritage[1][2] who competes in the Heavyweight division.[4] He currently fights for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Magomedov was born in village Tsudakhar, Levashinsky District, Dagestan, Russia. He is an ethnic Dargin[1][2] and a devout Sunni Muslim. At the age of eight he began to train in Karate, Amateur boxing and Muay Thai under Igor Ivanov. After higher school, he joined the Russian Army Strategic Missile Troops in Yekaterinburg and Irkutsk, in the army he won national Army hand-to-hand fight championships, he is Second lieutenant, after the army he started MMA.[5]

Magomedov made his professional MMA debut in November 2008 and went 9-1 in his first 10 fights.

Ruslan trains in Russian MMA Academy. He sparred with Olympic Wrestling Champions from the Dagestan Republic. Ruslan has shown good boxing technique, as he has four victories coming by way of knockout.

He defeated former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez via unanimous decision at United Glory 15.[6]

Bellator MMA[edit]

In April 2012, Ruslan signed a contract with Bellator Fighting Championships.[7]

Magomedov was expected to compete in the Bellator season seven heavyweight tournament, and was expected to face Brett Rogers in the quarterfinals at Bellator 75.[8] However, Magomedov was forced out of the bout with a visa problems and replaced by Alexander Volkov.

Fight Nights MMA[edit]

Magomedov faced Strikeforce veteran and Cage Warriors Heavyweight Champion Mike Hayes on February 23, 2013 on Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 10.[9] He won via unanimous decision.

Magomedov faced former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia on October 27, 2013 on Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 13.[10] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In February 2014, Magomedov signed a contract with the UFC to fight in their Heavyweight division.[11]

Magomedov made his UFC debut against fellow newcomer Viktor Pešta on May 31, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 41.[12] By this time, Magomedov was splitting his training between the MMA Academy in Russia and Jackson/Winklejohn MMA in Albuquerque, USA.[13] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[14]

Magomedov was briefly linked to a bout with Ben Rothwell for on August 30, 2014 at UFC 177.[15] However, on July 9, the UFC announced Rothwell would be facing Alistair Overeem on September 5, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 50.[16] Magomedov eventually was linked to a bout with Richard Odoms on the same card. However, on August 14, it was announced that the bout would be scrapped due to an injury from Odoms.[17]

Magomedov faced Josh Copeland on November 22, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 57.[18] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[19]

Magomedov faced Shawn Jordan on October 3, 2015 at UFC 192.[20] He won via unanimous decision.[21]

Magomedov was expected to face Gabriel Gonzaga on April 10, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 86.[22] However, Magomedov was forced from the bout in early March due to injury and replaced by Derrick Lewis.[23]

Magomedov was expected to face Stefan Struve on October 8, 2016 at UFC 204, but had to pull out with injury.[24]

On September 26, 2016 Magomedov was suspended by USADA, the administrator of the UFC anti-doping program following a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection made on September 7, 2016[25] In February 2018, it was announced that Magomedov received a two years USADA suspension and contributed USD ten thousand dollar for the arbitration proceedings for tested positive for ostarine from sample collected on October 29, 2016.[26]

Magomedov was scheduled to face Marcos Rogerio de Lima on November 3, 2018 at UFC 230.[27] However, it was reported on October 24, 2018 that he pulled out from the event due to visa issues and he was replaced by Adam Wieczorek.[28]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 14–1 Shawn Jordan Decision (unanimous) UFC 192 October 3, 2015 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 13–1 Josh Copeland Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson November 22, 2014 3 5:00 Austin, Texas, United States
Win 12–1 Viktor Pešta Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Munoz vs. Mousasi May 31, 2014 3 5:00 Berlin, Germany
Win 11–1 Tim Sylvia Decision (unanimous) Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 13 October 27, 2013 3 5:00 Moscow, Russia Super Heavyweight bout
Win 10–1 Mike Hayes Decision (unanimous) Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 10 February 23, 2013 3 5:00 Moscow, Russia
Win 9–1 Amir Aliskerov Decision (unanimous) Dictator Fighting Championship 1 June 28, 2012 2 5:00 Moscow, Russia
Win 8–1 Igor Zadernovsky Submission (guillotine choke) League S-70 - Russian Championship Third Round April 6, 2012 3 3:29 Moscow, Russia
Win 7–1 Ricco Rodriguez Decision (unanimous) United Glory 15 - 2012 Glory World Series March 23, 2012 3 5:00 Moscow, Russia
Win 6–1 Vitalii Yalovenko Decision (unanimous) Fight Nights - Battle of Moscow 4 July 7, 2011 2 5:00 Moscow, Russia
Loss 5–1 Konstantin Gluhov TKO (body punch) Warrior's Honor 3 May 27, 2011 2 1:19 Kharkiv, Ukraine
Win 5–0 Vagan Bodzhukyan TKO (punches) Warrior's Honor 3 May 27, 2011 2 3:12 Kharkiv, Ukraine
Win 4–0 Anatoliy Nosyrev Submission (armbar) ProFC - Union Nation Cup 14 April 9, 2011 1 0:28 Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Win 3–0 Magomedtagir Magomedov TKO (punches) ProFC 22 December 17, 2010 1 1:30 Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Win 2–0 Murad Magomedov TKO (punches) ProFC - Russia Cup Stage 1 November 13, 2010 1 2:30 Taganrog, Russia
Win 1–0 Rasul Musrailov TKO (doctor stoppage) ProFC - Russia Cup Stage 1 November 13, 2010 1 3:43 Taganrog, Russia



Year Title Role Notes
2014 Friendship of peoples (on the TNT) Khabib TV series


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Chechen or Dargin?". Retrieved October 16, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Magomedov: I am a Dargin". (37:50). Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  3. ^ "Fight Card - UFC 192 Cormier vs. Gustafsson". Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  4. ^ "Ruslan Magomedov". Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  5. ^ "Ensign is MMA fighter". Retrieved December 6, 2013.
  6. ^ "Magomedov Tops Rodriguez, Schilt Returns Victorious at United Glory 15". Retrieved March 24, 2012.
  7. ^ "Ruslan signed in Bellator". Retrieved April 10, 2012.
  8. ^ "Eight Heavyweights Invade Horseshoe Casino Hammond at Bellator 75". Archived from the original on August 29, 2012. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  9. ^ "Ruslan Magomedov vs. Cage Warriors Champion". Retrieved March 31, 2013.
  10. ^ "American MMA legend vs. Dagestan Fighter". Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  11. ^ "Report: UFC signs former Bellator heavyweight Ruslan Magomedov". March 3, 2014.
  12. ^ Matt Erickson (2014-04-03). "Magomedov-Pesta added to UFC Fight Night 41 in Berlin". Retrieved 2014-04-03.
  13. ^ Zane Simon (2014-03-03). "Report: UFC signs former Bellator heavyweight Ruslan Magomedov". Retrieved 2014-11-22.
  14. ^ Dann Stupp (2014-05-31). "UFC Fight Night 41 results: Ruslan Magomedov tops Viktor Pesta in curtain-jerker". Retrieved 2014-05-31.
  15. ^ Radik Khuzin (2014-07-06). "Magomedov vs Rothwell added to UFC 177 in Sacramento". / Archived from the original on 2014-07-16. Retrieved 2014-07-06.
  16. ^ "Alistair Overeem vs. Ben Rothwell Added to UFC Fight Night in Connecticut". 2014-07-09. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
  17. ^ Thomas Gerbasi (2014-08-18). "Magomedov-Odoms scrapped from UFC 177". Retrieved 2014-08-18.
  18. ^ Staff (2014-11-22). "Ruslan Magomedov vs. Josh Copeland". Retrieved 2014-11-22.
  19. ^ Brian Knapp (2014-11-22). "UFC Fight Night Prelims: Ruslan Magomedov hands Josh Copeland first defeat". Retrieved 2014-11-22.
  20. ^ Jeremy Botter (2015-07-29). "Heavyweights Jordan, Magomedov meet at Houston's UFC 192". Retrieved 2015-07-29.
  21. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2015-10-03). "UFC 192 results: Ruslan Magomedov outslugs Shawn Jordan in heavyweight tussle". Retrieved 2015-10-03.
  22. ^ Danny Doherty (2016-01-22). "UFC Fight Night 85: Gonzaga to fight Magomedov in Croatia". Retrieved 2016-01-22.
  23. ^ John Morgan (2016-03-09). "Derrick Lewis vs. Gabriel Gonzaga in works for UFC Fight Night 86". Retrieved 2016-03-09.
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  26. ^ "UFC's Ruslan Magomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov accept two-year USADA suspensions". MMAjunkie. 2018-02-15. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  27. ^ DNA, MMA (2018-09-22). "Ruslan Magomedov keert na drie jaar afwezigheid terug tegen Marcos "Pezão" in New York". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  28. ^ "Adam Wieczorek replaces Ruslan Magomedov, faces Marcos Rogerio de Lima at UFC 230". MMAjunkie. 2018-10-24. Retrieved 2018-10-25.
  29. ^ "Ruslan". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-09-25.

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