Sultan Aliev

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Sultan Aliev
Султан Алиев

Sultan Gӏaliyev
Султан Гӏалиев
Born Sultan Magomedbegovich Aliev
(1984-09-17) September 17, 1984 (age 33)
Kaspiysk, Dagestan, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union[1]
Native name Sultan Gӏaliyev
Султан Гӏалиев
Nationality Russian[1]
Ethnicity Avar
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Welterweight (current)
Middleweight (2013–2014)
Light Heavyweight (2011–2013)
Style Combat Sambo
Fighting out of Derbent, Dagestan, Russia
Coconut Creek, Florida, U.S.
Team Jackson's MMA
Champion Derbent
HB Ultimate Training Center
Armor Functional Training Center
Eagles MMA
Trainer Greg Jackson (MMA), Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov (Sambo/MMA)
Rank International master of sport in Combat Sambo[2]
Wrestling Master of sports in Freestyle Wrestling[2]
Years active 2011–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 16
Wins 14
By knockout 10
By decision 4
Losses 2
By knockout 1
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Sultan Aliev
Medal record
Representing  Russia
Men's Combat Sambo
FIAS World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2014 Narita, Japan 90 kg

Sultan Magomedbegovich Aliev (Russian: Султан Магомедбегович Алиев; Avar: Султан Гӏалиев; born September 17, 1984, Dagestan) is an Avar heritage born in Russia mixed martial artist and sambist, who competes in the Welterweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is also a veteran of the ProFC organization and Bellator MMA.


Sultan Aliev was born in Kaspiysk, Dagestan, Soviet Union. He is a Russian of Avar descent and a devout Sunni Muslim. He started in Combat Sambo in 23 years old, on 2009 he won Combat Sambo European Championship in Milan, Italy. On 2010 he received the rank "International Master of Sports in Combat Sambo"[3] After Russian Combat Sambo Nationals 2011 (3rd), he made his professional MMA debut in ProFC and won the first fight to Sergey Guzev.

Sambo career[edit]

On February 5, 2012 Aliev lost to Vyacheslav Vasilevsky on Combat Sambo Russia Championship 2012 Finale (-90 kg) via decision (1–5).[4]

On February 24, 2014 Aliev won against Vyacheslav Vasilevsky on Combat Sambo Russia Championship 2014 Finale (-90 kg) via TKO.[5]

On 24 November 2014 Aliev became World Combat Sambo Champion (-90 kg). In finale match he over French Sebastian Libebe via TKO.[6]

In Russian Nationals 2016 he lost to Khadis Ibragimov by knockout in semifinal and retired from the championship. [7]

Mixed martial arts[edit]


Aliev started his MMA career in ProFC in April 2011. He defeated Sergey Guzev on April 9, 2011 at ProFC 14 via unanimous decision.[8]

Aliev defeated Armenian MMA prospect Hracho Darpinyan on July 2, 2011 at ProFC - Union Nation Cup Final via unanimous decision.[8]

Aliev defeated Fuad Gadyrov on September 26, 2011 at ProFC: Grand Prix Global. He won via KO in the second round.[8]

Aliev defeated taekwondo black belt Marcin Elsner on December 10, 2011 at ProFC: Grand Prix Global Finals. He won via TKO in the first round.[8]

Bellator MMA[edit]

In 2013, Aliev was announced as one of the participants of the Bellator Season 8 Middleweight tournament.

Aliev debuted on February 14, 2013 at Bellator 89 where he faced Mikkel Parlo in the quarterfinal round. Aliev won the fight via unanimous decision to advance to the semifinals.[9]

In the semifinals, Aliev faced Doug Marshall on March 7, 2013 at Bellator 92.[10] Despite controlling the fight via his wrestling, Aliev lost via split decision, resulting in his first professional MMA loss.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On May 7, 2014 it was announced that Aliev had signed a contract with the UFC.[11]

Aliev made his promotional debut against Kenny Robertson in a welterweight bout on January 24, 2015 at UFC on Fox 14.[12] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.

Aliev was expected to face Hyun Gyu Lim on August 20, 2016 at UFC 202.[13] However, Aliev pulled out of the fight in early August citing a wrist injury.[14] Lim will now face promotional newcomer Mike Perry.[15]

Aliev faced Bojan Veličković on December 17, 2016 at UFC on Fox 22.[16] He won the fight via split decision.[17]

Aliev was expected to face Nordine Taleb on 16 December, 2017 at UFC on FOX 26.[18] However, Aliev was removed from the card for undisclosed reasons in early December and was replaced by Danny Roberts.[19]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


  • Federation Internationale de Sambo (FIAS)
    • World Combat Sambo Championships (2014, Chiba)
  • World Combat Sambo Federation
    • European Combat Sambo Championships (2012, Moscow)
  • All-Russian Sambo Federation
    • Russian Combat Sambo National Championships 3rd (2010, 2011)
    • Russian Combat Sambo National Championships runner-up (2012)
    • Russian Combat Sambo National Champion (2014, World team-trials)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 14–2 Bojan Veličković Decision (split) UFC on Fox: VanZant vs. Waterson December 17, 2016 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Loss 13–2 Kenny Robertson KO (punches) UFC on Fox: Gustafsson vs. Johnson January 24, 2015 1 2:42 Stockholm, Sweden Welterweight bout.
Win 13–1 Charles Andrade TKO (punches) MMA Star in the Ring - Shamil vs Renat March 1, 2014 2 1:56 Makhachkala, Russia
Win 12–1 Ruslan Khaskhanov TKO (punches) Fight Nights - Battle on Terek October 4, 2013 1 2:28 Grozny, Russia
Win 11–1 Kleber Bagunça KO (punch) World Ultimate Full Contact 2013 August 24, 2013 1 0:28 Lamego, Portugal
Win 10–1 Viktor Kiyko TKO (punches) World Ultimate Full Contact 2013 August 24, 2013 1 2:22 Lamego, Portugal
Loss 9–1 Doug Marshall Decision (split) Bellator 92 March 7, 2013 3 5:00 Temecula, California, United States Bellator Season 8 Middleweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 9–0 Mikkel Parlo Decision (unanimous) Bellator 89 February 14, 2013 3 5:00 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States Bellator Season 8 Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 8–0 Arunas Vilius TKO (punches) New FC - Battle of the Stars December 22, 2012 1 N/A Makhachkala, Russia
Win 7–0 Alexei Varagushin TKO (punches) WH - Igor Vovchanchyn Cup November 9, 2012 1 N/A Kharkiv, Ukraine
Win 6–0 Vladimir Fedin TKO (punches) WH - Igor Vovchanchyn Cup November 9, 2012 1 N/A Kharkiv, Ukraine
Win 5–0 Luis Henrique TKO (punches) Revolution FC 1: Beirut March 9, 2012 2 2:30 Beirut, Lebanon
Win 4–0 Marcin Elsner TKO (punches) ProFC - Grand Prix Global Finals December 10, 2011 1 1:53 Rostov-on-Don, Russia Won the Light Heavyweight GP.
Win 3–0 Fuad Gadyrov KO (punch) ProFC Grand Prix Global - Caucasus September 26, 2011 2 3:24 Derbent, Russia
Win 2–0 Hracho Darpinyan Decision (unanimous) ProFC - Union Nation Cup Final July 2, 2011 3 5:00 Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Win 1–0 Sergey Guzev Decision (unanimous) ProFC - Union Nation Cup 14 April 9, 2011 2 5:00 Rostov-on-Don, Russia

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Sultan Aliev". Retrieved April 1, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Sultan Aliev - Official UFC Fighter Profile". Retrieved December 23, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Aliev is International Master of Sports". Retrieved June 18, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Aliev lost to sambo world champion". Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Aliev won rematch to Vasilevsky". Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Aliev won World Sambo Championships again". Retrieved November 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Aliev lost again". Retrieved February 11, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Aliev vs. Guzev". Retrieved April 7, 2011. 
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  11. ^ "Newcomer from Russia in UFC". Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  12. ^ Staff (2014-11-14). "Kenny Robertson meets newcomer Sultan Aliev at UFC on FOX 14 in Sweden". Retrieved 2014-11-14. 
  13. ^ Staff (2016-06-22). "Sultan Aliev vs. Hyun Gyu Lim set for UFC 202". Retrieved 2016-06-22. 
  14. ^ Staff (2016-08-03). "Sultan Aliev injured, out of UFC 202 bout with Hyun Gyu Lim". Retrieved 2016-08-03. 
  15. ^ Staff (2016-08-04). "Mike Perry Replaces Aliev at UFC 202". Retrieved 2016-08-04. 
  16. ^ Staff (2016-10-18). "Two fights added to UFC on FOX 22". Retrieved 2016-10-18. 
  17. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-12-17). "UFC on FOX 22 results: Sultan Aliev's top game leads to split decision over Bojan Velickovic". Retrieved 2016-12-17. 
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  19. ^ Peter Carroll (2017-12-04). "Several changes announced for UFC on FOX 26". Retrieved 2017-12-04. 

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