|Fights Out Of:||Chechnya Russia|
|Height:||6' 2" ( 187 cm )|
|Weight:||170 lb ( 77 kg )|
UFC® 166 Velasquez vs Dos Santos III live at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on Saturday, October 19, 2013.Oct 19, 2013
UFC 166 weigh-in at the Toyota Center on October 18, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)Oct 18, 2013
UFC® on FUEL TV Mousasi vs Latifi live at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday, April 6, 2013Apr 06, 2013
Apr 05, 2013
||5||0||0||0||R3 Decision - Unanimous|
Strikeforce Challengers 20Nov 18, 2011
Strikeforce Challengers 17Jul 22, 2011
|--||--||--||--||R3 Decision - Split|
TRAINING: Training twice a day - alternating striking, grappling, and strength and conditioning
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training back in June of 2007
What ranks and titles have you held? Russian Combat Sambo Champion
Do you have any heroes? Dana White, Fedor Emelianenko, Alexander Emelianenko, Georges St-Pierre
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? I am very honored, as I come from a small village in Chechnya and I did not think that I would be in such an amazing show.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Back in 2000 during the first Chechen war our school was destroyed by air strikes and there was no means for me to continue my education. We had to study by sharing books in a small tent. I am taking courses now in order to complete my college degree.
What was your job before you started fighting? Student/ construction worker
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? I don't like to leave it to the judges. This way no one has bad feelings.
Favorite grappling technique: Ezekiel Choke
Favorite striking technique: Spinning back kick
• Lost first pro bout, went unbeaten in his next 11
• Eight wins by knockout, five by decision
• On three fight winning streak