Volk Han

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Magomedkhan Gamzatkhanov
Магомедхан Гамзатханов
Born (1961-04-15) April 15, 1961 (age 55)
Anchih, Dagestan ASSR, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now Russia)
Other names Volk Han ("Wolf Khan")
Nationality Russian
Ethnicity Avar
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 235 lb (107 kg; 16.8 st)
Division Heavyweight
Style Sambo, Shoot wrestling
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Tula, Russia
Team Russian Top Team
RusFighters Sport Club
Years active 1991-2001, 2012
Mixed martial arts record
Total 29
Wins 21
By knockout 1
By submission 10
By decision 3
Unknown 7
Losses 8
By knockout 2
By submission 3
By decision 2
Unknown 1
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.[1]


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 Fighting Network Rings in 1991.

MMA career[edit]

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 leader Lee Hasdell. The Russian took him down and threw effective strikes before securing position, and also attempted triangle chokes and armbars, but Hasdell's defense was strong. 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 where he got the finish, overpowering the British kickboxer with combinations and injuring 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 Han 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 landing punches, winning the decision.

During the semifinals, Han met young star Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, expert in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and almost half 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, with the Brazilian countering 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.

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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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