Zubaira Tukhugov

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Zubaira Tukhugov
Born (1991-01-15) January 15, 1991 (age 27)
Grozny, Chechen-Ingush ASSR, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Native name Зубайра Тухугов
Other names Warrior
Residence Moscow, Russia
Nationality Russian
Ethnicity Chechen
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 146 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)[1]
Division Featherweight (2013–present)
Lightweight (2010–2013)
Style Freestyle fighting
Fighting out of Grozny, Chechnya
Moscow, Russia
Team American Kickboxing Academy (2016-current)
Berkut Fight Club
Rank Master of Sports in Combat Sambo[2]
Master of Sports in Hand-to-Hand Combat[2]
Years active 2010–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 22
Wins 18
By knockout 6
By submission 1
By decision 11
Losses 4
By knockout 1
By submission 1
By decision 2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Zubaira Alikhanovich Tukhugov (Russian: Зубайра Алиханович Тухугов; born January 15, 1991) is a Russian mixed martial artist of Chechen descent, who formerly fought in the Featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional MMA competitor since 2010, Tukhugov made a name for himself, fighting in promotions like Cage Warriors, ProFC, Fight Nights (EFN) and others, before joining the UFC in 2014. In 2016 he receive a USADA suspension for illegally using performance enhancing drugs. Then, on 6 October 2018, Dana White announced he would no longer be fighting for the UFC (despite the end of the suspension) due to his attack on Conor McGregor in the octagon following McGregor's match at UFC 229.

Mixed martial arts career

Tukhugov made his professional debut in 2010 beating his three opponents by winning Pankration Atrium Cup 2 eight man, one night tournament.[3] After a 10-3 mixed martial arts records, he would be signed by the Russian promotion, Fight Nights, where he won all of his 3 fights, defeating Romano De Los Reyes,[4] Harun Kina[5] and Vaso Bakocevic.[6] During his time on Fight Nights, Tukhugov did a fight for Cage Warriors, defeating Denys Pidnebesnyi at CWFC 58.[7]

Ultimate Fighting Championship

In December 2013, it was announced that Tukhugov had signed a contract with UFC and was scheduled to make his promotional debut against Thiago Tavares on February 15 at UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Mousasi.[8] However, Tavares was forced to pull out due to an undisclosed injury, and was replaced by UFC newcomer Douglas Silva de Andrade.[9] Tukhugov dominated the fight and got a unanimous decision win.[10]

Tukhugov later faced Ernest Chavez on October 4, at UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Story.[11] He won the fight via technical knockout due to punches in the first round.[12]

Tukhugov was expected to face Thiago Tavares on June 6, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 68[13] However, the pairing was scrapped after Tukhugov suffered a rib injury.

Tukhugov faced Phillipe Nover on December 10, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 80.[14] He won the fight by split decision.[15]

Tukhugov next faced Renato Moicano on May 14, 2016 at UFC 198.[16] In a controversial series of events, despite Tukhogov suffering a kick to the groin in the first round and again in the second round, referee Eduardo Herdy signaled the competitors to continue.[17][18] Tukhogov lost the fight via split decision.

Tukhugov was expected to face Tiago Trator on December 9, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 102.[19] However, on November 14, Tukhugov was pulled from the card after being notified by USADA of a potential anti-doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected earlier.[20] In February 2018, it was announced that Tukhugov received a two years USADA suspension and contributed USD ten thousand dollar for the arbitration proceedings in testing positive for ostarine from a sample collected on October 29, 2016.[21]

Tukhugov was scheduled to face Artem Lobov on October 27, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 138.[22] However, it was reported that Tukhugov was removed from the fight due his role in the UFC 229 post-fight melee.[23]


UFC 229 Nurmagomedov-McGregor post-fight incident

At UFC 229, Khabib Nurmagomedov jumped the cage after his victory and charged toward Conor McGregor's cornerman Dillon Danis. Soon after, McGregor and Khabib's cousin Abubakar Nurmagomedov attempted to exit the octagon, but a scuffle broke out between them after McGregor punched Abubakar, who then punched him back.[24] McGregor was then attacked by two of Khabib Nurmagomedov's cornermen, Turkhugov[25] and Esed Emiragaev.[26]

Mixed martial arts record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 18–4 Renato Moicano Decision (split) UFC 198 May 14, 2016 3 5:00 Curitiba, Brazil
Win 18–3 Phillipe Nover Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Namajunas vs. VanZant December 10, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 17–3 Ernest Chavez TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Story October 4, 2014 1 4:21 Stockholm, Sweden
Win 16–3 Douglas Silva de Andrade Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Mousasi February 15, 2014 3 5:00 Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil
Win 15–3 Vaso Bakocevic KO (spinning back kick) Fight Nights - Battle of Moscow 13 October 26, 2013 1 4:30 Moscow, Russia Featherweight debut.
Win 14–3 Denys Pidnebesnyi Decision (unanimous) CWFC 58 August 24, 2013 3 5:00 Grozny, Russia Catchweight (158 lbs) bout.
Win 13–3 Kuat Khamitov Decision (split) Alash Pride - Great Battle March 30, 2013 2 5:00 Almaty, Kazakhstan
Win 12–3 Harun Kina TKO (punches) Fight Nights - Battle of Moscow 10 February 23, 2013 1 2:30 Moscow, Russia Catchweight (157 lbs) bout.
Win 11–3 Romano De Los Reyes Decision (unanimous) Fight Nights - Battle of Moscow 8 November 3, 2012 2 5:00 Moscow, Russia
Win 10–3 Anatoliy Pokrovsky Decision (unanimous) League S-70: Russian Championship Finals August 11, 2012 1 1:43 Sochi, Russia
Loss 9–3 Akhmet Aliev KO (head kick) League S-70: Russian Championship SF May 25, 2012 1 3:19 Moscow, Russia
Win 9–2 Ivan Lapin Decision (split) League S-70: Russian Championship 3rd Round April 6, 2012 3 5:00 Moscow, Russia
Win 8–2 Risim Mislimov Decision (unanimous) MMA Corona Cup 20 February 17, 2012 3 5:00 Moscow, Russia
Loss 7–2 Anton Telepnev Decision (split) ProFC 22 December 17, 2010 3 5:00 Rostov, Russia
Win 7–1 Murad Abdulaev TKO (doctor stoppage) ProFC - Russia Cup Stage 1 November 13, 2010 1 5:00 Taganrog, Russia Russia Cup Stage 1 Lightweight Tournament Final.
Win 6–1 Rasul Shovhalov Decision (unanimous) ProFC - Russia Cup Stage 1 November 13, 2010 2 5:00 Taganrog, Russia Russia Cup Stage 1 Lightweight Tournament Semifinal.
Loss 5–1 Murad Machaev Submission (rear-naked choke) Fight Nights - Battle of Moscow 1 June 5, 2010 1 1:17 Moscow, Russia Battle of Moscow 1 Lightweight Tournament Final.
Win 5–0 Danil Turinghe TKO (punches) Fight Nights - Battle of Moscow 1 June 5, 2010 1 1:26 Moscow, Russia Battle of Moscow 1 Lightweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 4–0 Evgeniy Slonskiy Decision (unanimous) ProFC - Commonwealth Cup April 23, 2010 2 5:00 Moscow, Russia
Win 3–0 Viktor Finagin Submission (rear-naked choke) Pankration Atrium Cup 2 March 10, 2010 2 N/A Moscow, Russia Pankration Atrium Cup 2 Lightweight Tournament Final.
Win 2–0 Roman Markovich Decision (unanimous) Pankration Atrium Cup 2 March 10, 2010 3 5:00 Moscow, Russia Pankration Atrium Cup 2 Lightweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 1–0 Isa Musaev Decision (unanimous) Pankration Atrium Cup 2 March 10, 2010 3 5:00 Moscow, Russia Pankration Atrium Cup 2 Lightweight Opening Round.


See also


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  2. ^ a b "Zubaira Tukhugov - Former UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved May 15, 2016.
  3. ^ http://www.tapology.com/fightcenter/fighters/33555-zubair-tukhugov
  4. ^ http://undercardsuperstar.com/lukes-pieces/the-top-400-fights-of-2012-375-351.html
  5. ^ http://www.rearnakedsmoke.net/2013/02/24/zubair-tukhugov-vs-harun-kina-fight-video-from-battle-of-moscow-10-on-22313/
  6. ^ http://www.global-mma.com/t7194-fight-nights-battle-of-moscow-13-ruslan-magomedov-vs-tim-sylvia-results-discussion
  7. ^ http://mmajunkie.com/events/cage-warriors-58-in-chechnya
  8. ^ http://themmareport.com/2013/12/thiago-tavares-drops-to-featherweight-and-meets-zubaira-tukhugov-at-ufc-fight-night-36/
  9. ^ Staff (2014-02-06). "Newcomer Douglas de Andrade meets Zubair Tuhugov at UFC Fight Night 36". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-02-06.
  10. ^ http://www.mmaweekly.com/ufc-fight-night-36-play-by-play-douglas-silva-vs-zubair-tukhugov
  11. ^ http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Featherweights-Ernest-Chavez-Zubaira-Tukhugov-Added-to-UFC-Fight-Night-in-Sweden-71143
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 18, 2014. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  13. ^ "Zubaira Tukhugovv vs. Thiago Tavares". chechensport.com. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  14. ^ Staff (2015-09-17). "UFC Fight Night 80 gets slew of new bouts". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-09-17.
  15. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-12-10). "UFC Fight Night 80 results: Zubaira Tukhugov takes split decision over Phillipe Nover". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-12-10.
  16. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2016-03-15). "UFC 198 update: Zubaira Tukhugov vs. Renato Carneiro set for May 14 in Brazil". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  17. ^ "UFC 198 play-by-play and live results". mmajunkie.com. May 14, 2016. Retrieved May 15, 2016.
  18. ^ "UFC 198: Werdum vs. Miocic post-fight results and analysis". May 15, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  19. ^ Staff (2016-10-14). "UFC Fight Night 102 gets eight new fights". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-10-14.
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  21. ^ "UFC's Ruslan Magomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov accept two-year USADA suspensions". MMAjunkie. 2018-02-15. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  22. ^ DNA, MMA (2018-08-18). "Lang verwacht gevecht Zubaira Tukhugov vs. Artem Lobov tijdens UFC Moncton". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  23. ^ Staff (2018-10-07). "Zubaira Tukhugov speaks out after slapping Conor McGregor 'as promised'". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  24. ^ "Khabib's cousin Abubakar Nurmagomedov shows damage inflicted on him by Conor McGregor". JOE. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  25. ^ "Dana White's Warning Message To Khabib Nurmagomedov After UFC 229 Match". 2018-10-07. Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  26. ^ Васильев, Руслан. "На Макгрегора напали после боя. Кто эти люди?". sport.business-gazeta.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-10-11.
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