April 15, 1961 |
Anchih, Dagestan ASSR, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now Russia)
|Other names||Volk Han ("Wolf Khan")|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||235 lb (107 kg; 16.8 st)|
|Style||Sambo, Shoot wrestling|
|Fighting out of||Tula, Russia|
|Team||Russian Top Team
RusFighters Sport Club
|Years active||1991-2001, 2012|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Magomedkhan Amanulayevich Gamzatkhanov (Russian: Магомедха́н Аманула́евич Гамзатха́нов; born April 15, 1961 in Anchih, Dagestan), better known by his alias Volk Han (Волк-хан), is a Dagestani-born Russian professional wrestler and later a mixed martial artist renowned for his technical mastery of sambo. He would go on to represent Russia in the Russian RINGS team with Fedor Emelianenko, Andrei Kopylov, Nikolai Zuyev and Mikhail Ilyukhin.
In 1979, Gamzatkhanov began training with five-time world champion in freestyle wrestling Ali Aliyev in the city of Tula. In 1981, he began his two-year service in the USSR military, after which he began training sambo with Victor Lysenko. In 1984, Gamzatkhanov attended the Police Academy in Moscow. Gamzatkhanov signed a contract with Japanese shoot-style wrestling promotion RINGS Fighting Network in 1991.
After years of competing in professional wrestling, Han switched to mixed martial arts when RINGS adopted this format in 2000. This decision was very anticipated, despite Han's advanced age, due to his world class sambo skills. After making a winning debut against RINGS rookie Yasuhito Namekawa, Volk's skills were proven further against American wrestler and Mark Coleman's teammate Branden Lee Hinkle, 12 years his junior. Though Hinkle was able to take Han down and control him, the Russian grappler locked a tight triangle armbar at the end of the first round and made him tap out. Han got a matchup closer in age and experience against Olympic alumni Zaza Tkeshelashvili in a special Russia vs Georgia fight, but again Han won by submission.
In December, Han took part in the King of Kings tournament, where he was pitted in the first round against RINGS England team leader Lee Hasdell. The Russian took him down and threw effective strikes before securing position, and also attempt multiple submissions, including triangle chokes and armbars, to no avail. The sambo champion resumed using unorthodox ground and pound from the knee-on-stomach position every time the fight hit the ground, but it was in a standing segment when he got the finish, overpowering the British kickboxer with combinations and injurying Hasdell's eye for a TKO victory.
In the second round, Volk fought Bobby Hoffman, who came to the bout with a 23-4 record. Hoffman controlled the sambo practitioner for the majority of the fight and tried to perform ground and pound, while Han worked in avoiding damage from the bottom. However, once in overtime, Han took Hoffman down in the corner and stood over him throwing punches, making the referee stop the fight by TKO.
During the semifinals, Han met young star Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, expert in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and almost half of Volk's age. Despite his disadvantages, the Russian grappler was successful in stopping Nogueira from attempting submissions, even although Nogueira passed his guard and took his back at the end of the first round. When the second round arrived, Han sprawled a takedown and gained his signature knee-on-stomach control, but the Brazilian countered with a kneebar. The hold was completely extended, but Volk shockingly escaped and defended under Nogueira. After a restart, Han came attacking with a flying Kimura lock which Nogueira countered with an omoplata/ankle hold combination, but nothing came from it, and the match ended shortly after. Nogueira was given the unanimous decision, eliminating Han from the tournament.
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Championships and accomplishments
- Fighting Network RINGS
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|30 matches||21 wins||8 losses|
|Draw||21-8-1||Masakatsu Funaki||Draw (majority)||RINGS/The Outsider: Volk Han Retirement Match||December 16, 2012||1||15:00||Tokyo, Japan||Retirement match.|
|Win||21-8||Zaza Tkeshelashvili||Submission (armlock)||Rings Lithuania: Bushido Rings 2||May 8, 2001||1||N/A||Vilnius, Lithuania|
|Win||20-8||Andrei Kopylov||Decision (unanimous)||Rings Russia: Russia vs. Bulgaria||April 6, 2001||2||5:00||Ekaterinburg, Russia|
|Loss||19-8||Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira||Decision (unanimous)||Rings: King of Kings 2000 Final||February 24, 2001||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||19-7||Bobby Hoffman||Decision (unanimous)||Rings: King of Kings 2000 Block B||December 22, 2000||3||5:00||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||18-7||Lee Hasdell||TKO (punches)||Rings: King of Kings 2000 Block B||December 22, 2000||2||0:08||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||17-7||Zaza Tkeshelashvili||Submission (guillotine choke)||Rings: Russia vs. Georgia||August 16, 2000||1||15:46||Tula, Russia|
|Win||16-7||Branden Lee Hinkle||Submission (triangle armbar)||Rings: Millennium Combine 2||June 15, 2000||1||8:11||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||15-7||Cvetko Cvetkov||Submission (achilles lock)||Rings Russia: Russia vs. Bulgaria||May 21, 2000||1||N/A||Tula, Russia|
|Win||14-7||Yasuhito Namekawa||Decision (unanimous)||Rings Russia: Russia vs. The World||May 21, 2000||3||5:00||Yekaterinburg, Russia|
|Loss||13-7||Zaza Tkeshelashvili||KO||Rings: Rings Georgia||October 8, 1999||1||7:08||Georgia (country)|
|Loss||13-6||Zaza Tkeshelashvili||Decision (unanimous)||Rings: Rise 4th||June 24, 1999||3||10:00||Japan|
|Win||13-5||Masayuki Naruse||Submission (armbar)||Rings: Rise 3rd||May 22, 1999||1||4:26||Japan|
|Win||12-5||Nikolai Zuyev||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Rings: Final Capture||February 21, 1999||1||4:49||Japan|
|Loss||11-5||Tsuyoshi Kohsaka||Submission (injury)||Rings: Third Fighting Integration||May 29, 1998||1||10:10||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||11-4||Akira Maeda||Submission (verbal)||Rings: Battle Dimensions Tournament 1997 Final||January 21, 1998||1||4:24||N/A|
|Loss||11-3||Mikhail Ilyukhin||N/A||Rings: Battle Dimensions Tournament 1997 Final||January 21, 1998||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Win||11-2||Dick Vrij||N/A||Rings: Battle Dimensions Tournament 1997 Final||January 21, 1998||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Win||10-2||Andrei Kopylov||Submission (armlock)||Rings - Mega Battle Tournament 1997 Semifinal 1||October 25, 1997||1||10:52||Japan|
|Loss||9-2||Kiyoshi Tamura||Submission (armbar)||Rings - Extension Fighting 7||September 26, 1997||1||12:48||Japan|
|Win||9-1||Akira Maeda||Submission (kneebar)||Rings - Extension Fighting 2||April 22, 1997||1||8:47||Japan|
|Win||8-1||Kiyoshi Tamura||N/A||Rings - Budokan Hall 1997||January 22, 1997||N/A||N/A||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||7-1||Kiyoshi Tamura||N/A||Rings - Battle Dimensions Tournament 1996 Final||January 1, 1997||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Win||6-1||Tariel Bitsadze||N/A||Rings - Battle Dimensions Tournament 1996 Final||January 1, 1997||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Win||5-1||Tsuyoshi Kohsaka||N/A||Rings - Battle Dimensions Tournament 1996 Final||January 1, 1997||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Win||4-1||Masayuki Naruse||N/A||Rings - Battle Dimensions Tournament 1996 Opening Round||October 25, 1996||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Win||3-1||Tsuyoshi Kohsaka||Submission (armbar)||Rings - Maelstrom 6||August 24, 1996||1||13:52||Japan|
|Loss||2-1||Hans Nijman||TKO||Rings - Budokan Hall 1996||January 24, 1996||N/A||N/A||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||2-0||Peter Ura||N/A||Rings - Battle Dimensions Tournament 1995 Opening Round||October 21, 1995||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Win||1-0||Akira Maeda||Submission||Rings - Budokan Hall 1995||January 25, 1995||N/A||N/A||Tokyo, Japan|
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