|Born||Shamil Magomedovich Zavurov
July 4, 1984 
Kirovaul, Dagestan ASSR, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Other names||The Champion
Lion of Dagestan
The Fan of GSP
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||68 in (173 cm)|
|Fighting out of||St. Petersburg, Leningrad
|Team||RusFighters Sport Club
Champion Club Derbent
Fight Nights Gym
Akhmat Fight Club
|Rank||black belt and 1st International Master of Sports in Sambo
Master of Sports in Freestyle Wrestling
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Notable relatives||Frodo Khasbulaev, cousin
Khabib Nurmagomedov, second cousin
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Shamil Magomedovich Zavurov (Russian: Шамиль Магомедович Завуров; born July 4, 1984) is a Russian mixed martial artist of Avar descent, who competes in the Welterweight and Lightweight division. A professional MMA competitor since 2004, Zavurov has won all but three of his professional fights. He is the former M-1 Global World Welterweight champion.
Zavurov attended high school in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, where he began training in freestyle wrestling under Mairbek Yusupov (member of the 1977-78 USSR team who went on to coach Dagestan’s freestyle wrestling team). Post-school, he studied at the Dagestan State Pedagogical University, graduating from the Faculty of Physical Culture and Sports and also studied Law at the Dagestan Institute of Finance and Law. He continued working on his martial arts training, taking up Combat Sambo, and also started a family – he is married with two sons and a daughter. He likes to employ the techniques Georges St-Pierre, whom he is a fan of. Zavurov is undefeated in combat sambo (153-0)
Mixed martial arts career
Shamil Zavurov has achieved a great deal of success in combat sports. In addition to more than 50 victories in amateur and semi-professional MMA, he has triumphed more than 50 times in Combat Sambo bouts, in the process winning three world championships (2004, 2005, and 2007). He has also won international tournaments in Wushu Sanda (2003) and wrestling and was the 2002 Dagestani champion in Wushu Sanda in the youth division. In 2005 and 2007, he won Russian national championships and was twice the CIS champion in hand-to-hand combat.
The hardest fight in Zavurov's career was his unanimous decision victory over Seydina Seck in which his arm was broken and he sustained torn ligaments – these injuries still cause him pain. Zavurov still wonders about the only defeat of his career, a split decision loss to Rashid Magomedov, which was controversial in that commentators and viewers disagreed with the judges' decision. It was Zavurov's first fight in more than a year, his return after a serious injury he sustained after being drafted into the army.
In fighting in the Eastern European M-1 Welterweight tournament, Zavurov defeated Radik Iboyan with a second round technical knockout and won a hard-fought semi-final against Ramazan Abdulzhalilov that went the full distance. In the tournament final, Zavurov defeated Magomedrasul Khasbulaev with a "text-book rear-naked-choke submission." Since winning the tournament, Zavurov has compiled four further victories in a single three-week period, against Vladimir Katyihin, Vasily Novikov, Vener Galiev, and Jaroslav Poborsky.
Shamil Zavurov was expecting to face Tom "Da Tank" Gallicchio, the Americas selection champion, for the title but Gallicchio was removed following "an infringement of contractual obligations". Gallicchio was replaced by Abner Lloveras, the Western European M-1 Global tournament victor. Zavurov defeated Lloveras via fourth round TKO to become the inaugural M-1 Global Welterweight Champion.
Zavurov was scheduled to rematch his lone defeat as he was to defend his title against Rashid Magomedov at M-1 Challenge XXX on December 9, 2011. The match, however, has been postponed and Zavurov instead faced Yasubey Enomoto in a rematch. He lost the back-and-forth battle via submission in the fifth round.
Bellator Fighting Championships
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- M-1 Global
- M-1 Selection 2010 Eastern Europe Welterweight
- M-1 Global Welterweight Championship (1 times, former)
- Euro-Asia Champion (1 time)
- Federation International Amateur de Sambo
- Combat Sambo World champion (3 time)
- All-Russian Sambo Federation
- Russian Combat Sambo National Championships 21th (2010)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|33 matches||28 wins||4 losses|
|Win||28–4–1||Rodrigo Caporal||Decision (unanimous)||Akhmat Fight Show 15: Grand Prix Akhmat 2016||March 12, 2016||3||5:00||Grozny, Chechnya, Russia||Tournament Quarter-Finals|
|Loss||27–4–1||Yasubey Enomoto||Submission (guillotine choke)||World FC Akhmat: Grozny Fights 9||October 4, 2015||3||2:28||Grozny, Chechnya, Russia|
|Win||27–3–1||Hermes França||KO (punch)||World FC Akhmat: Grozny Fights 3||June 13, 2015||1||0:42||Grozny, Chechnya, Russia|
|Win||26–3–1||Sergey Faley||Decision (unanimous)||Octagon Fighting Sensation 3||February 28, 2015||3||5:00||Yaroslavl, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia||Won OFS Welterweight Championship|
|Win||25–3–1||Luiz Ricardo Simon||KO (punches)||New Stream||October 31, 2014||2||1:12||Moscow, Moscow Oblast, Russia|
|Win||24–3–1||Davlat Alimov||TKO (punches)||Octagon Fighting Sensation 1||May 11, 2014||3||1:18||Yaroslavl, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia|
|Win||23–3–1||Renat Lyatifov||Decision (unanimous)||MMA Star in the Ring - Shamil vs. Renat||March 1, 2014||3||5:00||Makhachkala, Republic of Dagestan, Russia|
|Win||22–3–1||Harun Kina||Decision (unanimous)||Fight Nights - Battle on Terek 1||October 4, 2013||3||5:00||Grozny, Chechnya, Russia|
|Loss||21–3–1||Yasubey Enomoto||Decision (unanimous)||Fight Nights - Battle of Moscow 12||June 21, 2013||3||5:00||Moscow, Moscow Oblast, Russia||Welterweight division.|
|Win||21–2–1||Eduardo Pachu||TKO (punches)||Fight Nights - Battle of Moscow 11||April 20, 2013||1||3:24||Moscow, Moscow Oblast, Russia|
|Win||20–2–1||Juha-Pekka Vainikainen||Decision (unanimous)||Battle of the Stars 1||December 22, 2012||3||5:00||Kaspiysk, Dagestan, Russia|
|Win||19–2–1||Anatoly Safronov||TKO (kick to the body and punches)||League S-70: Russian Championship Third Round||April 6, 2012||1||1:34||Moscow, Russia|
|Draw||18–2–1||Alexander Yakovlev||Draw (majority)||M-1 Challenge 31||March 16, 2012||3||5:00||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Loss||18–2||Yasubey Enomoto||Submission (guillotine choke)||M-1 Challenge 30: Zavurov vs. Enomoto||December 9, 2011||5||4:10||Costa Mesa, California, United States||Lost M-1 Global Welterweight Championship|
|Win||18–1||Zhanybek Amatov||TKO (foot injury)||Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 4||July 7, 2011||2||1:34||Moscow, Russia||Defended the Euro-Asia Welterweight Championship|
|Win||17–1||Yasubey Enomoto||Decision (unanimous)||M-1 Challenge 25: Zavurov vs. Enomoto||April 28, 2011||5||5:00||St. Petersburg, Russia||Defended M-1 Global Welterweight Championship|
|Win||16–1||Yuri Izotov||Decision (unanimous)||Lipetsk Mix Federation: Russian Cities Tournament||March 18, 2011||3||5:00||Lipetsk, Russia|
|Win||15–1||Tom Gallicchio||TKO (strikes)||M-1 Challenge 23: Guram vs. Grishin||March 5, 2011||2||1:11||Moscow, Russia||Defended M-1 Global Welterweight Championship|
|Win||14–1||Abner Lloveras||TKO (strikes)||M-1 Challenge 22: Narkun vs. Vasilevsky||December 10, 2010||4||4:22||Moscow, Russia||Won vacant M-1 Global Welterweight Championship|
|Win||13–1||Jaroslav Poborsky||TKO (punches)||Heroes Gate 2||October 21, 2010||1||2:50||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Win||12–1||Vener Galiev||Decision (unanimous)||Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 2||October 16, 2010||2||5:00||Moscow, Russia||Won Euro-Asia Welterweight Championship|
|Win||11–1||Vasily Novikov||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 2||October 16, 2010||1||2:53||Moscow, Russia|
|Win||10–1||Vladimir Katyihin||Decision (unanimous)||ProFC: Union Nation Cup 8||October 1, 2010||2||5:00||Odessa, Ukraine|
|Win||9–1||Frodo Khasbulaev||Submission (rear-naked choke)||M-1 Selection 2010: Eastern Europe Finals||July 22, 2010||1||3:16||Moscow, Russia||2010 M-1 Eastern Europe Welterweight Selection Final|
|Win||8–1||Ramazan Abdulzhalilov||Decision (unanimous)||M-1 Selection 2010: Eastern Europe Round 3||May 28, 2010||3||5:00||Kiev, Ukraine|
|Win||7–1||Radik Iboyan||TKO (punches)||M-1 Selection 2010: Eastern Europe Round 2||April 10, 2010||2||3:54||Kiev, Ukraine|
|Win||6–1||Seydina Seck||Decision (unanimous)||Saturn & RusFighters: Battle of Gladiators||February 13, 2010||3||5:00||Omsk, Russia|
|Loss||5–1||Rashid Magomedov||Decision (split)||M-1 Challenge: 2009 Selections 9||November 3, 2009||3||5:00||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||5–0||Aleksey Gonchar||Submission (armbar)||CSFU: Champions League||September 13, 2008||2||3:50||Poltava, Ukraine|
|Win||4–0||Hamiz Mamedov||Decision (unanimous)||Mission of Peace: Martial Arts Festival||May 23, 2008||3||3:00||Ekaterinburg, Russia|
|Win||3–0||Mukhamed Aushev||KO (punches)||Combat Fighting Federation: International MMA Tournament||December 9, 2007||3||2:59||Tyumen, Russia|
|Win||2–0||Vitaly Gogishvilli||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Mixfight Georgia: Georgia vs. Russia||October 15, 2005||1||2:05||Tbilisi, Georgia|
|Win||1–0||Magomed Kurmagomedov||Submission (armbar)||Extreme FC: Octagon 3||February 27, 2004||2||1:20||Odessa, Ukraine|
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