He can be really proud of his career so far. Makhmud Muradov became the first Uzbek fighter to join the UFC, where he has a strong positive balance so far, and also grabbed two bonuses for the performance of the evening. Tonight, however, another extremely unpleasant opponent is waiting for him, who has not yet known defeat!
It’s been about half a year since the last performance of the Uzbek with a Czech heart. Muradov was able to deal with seasoned veteran Bryan Barberena, whom he clearly defeated on points. However, the important win took a toll on the health of the likeable fighter. Makhmud had to undergo an operation on his knee and a demanding rehabilitation awaited him. Now his form will be checked by Aliskhab Khizriev, who slipped into the UFC via DWCS, and also successfully managed his debut against Denis Tiuliulin.
The overall record of the “Black Wolf” is an impressive fourteen victories with zero defeats. Aliskhab is a very complex fighter who finishes the opponent in the stance and on the ground. He has a wild style and very unpleasant wrestling, which shows the Dagestani school. In the past, he became the champion of the Fight Night Global organization, demolishing the experienced Brazilian Palhares in under a minute.
Although Muradov is not the favorite in this match, he has already proven many times that he is capable of beating absolutely anyone. He will benefit from his height advantage and traditionally great movement. The interesting thing is that he will compete against a Russian fighter for the first time in his career. He doesn’t mind that at all, but if the UFC wanted to pit him against a countryman, he would turn down the fight.
“I’m in the best league in the world, so I have to respect that and I don’t choose my opponents. But if I had to fight against someone from Uzbekistan, I would refuse. We are here to raise the flag of Uzbekistan. Money isn’t the reason I wrestle either. I want to leave a legacy. Already today I can proudly say that I am the first Uzbek in the UFC. Of course, I still have goals, like getting into the top 15. In addition, I want to improve my balance and get additional bonuses. Ideally, I’ll be in the UFC for at least two or three more years,” Muradov revealed to the sport.cz server.