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Islam Makhachev's Stellar UFC Career: From Lightweight Champion to Record-Breaking Streaks

Updated: Jun 1

Islam Makhachev
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Islam Makhachev has been competing as a professional fighter since 2010 and has become a prominent figure in the UFC. He made his debut at UFC 187 on October 3, 2015, securing a win against Leo Kuntz via rear naked choke in the second round.

Since then, Makhachev has participated in 15 UFC fights and boasts a 12-fight winning streak, matching the longest in the division's history alongside Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

In 2022, Makhachev claimed the undisputed UFC lightweight championship at UFC 280 by submitting Charles Oliveira, marking him as the 12th champion in the division's history.

He has successfully defended his title twice against Alexander Volkanovski and aims to equal the record for most lightweight title defenses held by BJ Penn and Khabib Nurmagomedov. His professional record stands impressively at 25-1, with 11 of his victories by submission.

Makhachev is currently the top-ranked Men’s pound-for-pound fighter globally, reflecting his dominance in the sport.

Makhachev's prowess on the ground is evident in his six UFC submission wins, showcasing his versatility and skill. His most notable submission was against Charles Oliveira, where he clinched the lightweight championship.

This victory underscored his exceptional grappling capabilities, further solidifying his status in the UFC.

5 Standout Fights From Islam Makhachev’s Career

UFC 220 - Islam Makhachev vs. Gleison Tibau:

Makhachev demonstrated his striking power with a quick knockout victory, signaling his well-rounded fight capabilities.

UFC 259 - Islam Makhachev vs. Drew Dober:

This fight was a critical test for Makhachev, where he showcased his dominance by securing an arm-triangle choke in the third round.

UFC 267 - Islam Makhachev vs. Dan Hooker:

Makhachev's swift victory via kimura over Dan Hooker was a decisive display that pushed him closer to the title.

UFC 280 - Islam Makhachev vs. Charles Oliveira:

Facing the top contender, Makhachev combined striking and grappling to win the championship via submission

UFC 284 - Islam Makhachev vs. Alexander Volkanovski:

In his first title defense, Makhachev proved his elite status in a thrilling five-round bout, earning a unanimous decision.

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