DIVISION: Light Heavyweight
HEIGHT: 6' 2"
LEG REACH: 42.00
WEIGHT: 205 lbs.
NATIONALITY: Dagestan, Russia
RESIDENCE: Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia
OUT OF: Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia Coconut Creek, Florida, U.S.
STRIKING ACCURACYSignificant Strikes Attempted: 138
Significant Strikes Landed: 64
TAKEDOWN ACCURACYTakedowns Attempted: 1
Shamil Gamzatov is a professional Russian mixed martial artist, currently competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s light heavyweight division. He made his UFC debut in 2019 and has since gone on to earn several impressive victories. Before joining the UFC roster, he was considered one of Russia’s top prospects in MMA.
Born and raised in Dagestan, Russia, Shamil Gamzatov showed an early passion for fighting sports. From a young age he trained relentlessly at local gyms and competed as an amateur Muay Thai fighter before eventually making the switch to professional MMA competition. In 2016, he made his pro debut with Fight Nights Global (now known as EFN) where he went on to establish himself as one of their top middleweights by winning six out of seven bouts over three years. His impressive performances caught the eye of various promotions including ACB and Bellator where he continued his run of success en route to becoming one of Russia’s most prominent fighters on the international stage.
In 2019 Shamil signed with the UFC after being scouted through Dana White’s Contender Series event held in Moscow that year., which earned him a four-fight contract extension with the promotion following consecutive wins against Klidson Abreu and Dalcha Lungiambula respectively.. Later that year, Gamzatov faced off against then undefeated Makhmud Muradov at UFC 242: Khabib vs Poirier 2 where he scored another spectacular victory via unanimous decision despite entering into enemy territory given Muradov’s hometown advantage due to being hailing from Uzbekistan . After this win Shamil earned universal praise from media outlets around the world for his impressive display but soon suffered a setback when facing off against Magomed Ankalaev at UFC 254: Nurmagomedov vs Gaethje last October after suffering a technical knockout defeat within two minutes despite taking control early on.. Despite this loss however Shamil managed to remain positive going forward into 2021 when discussing it with reporters post fight citing that “I know I can do better than what I did tonight…Just work hard every day until I get back there again.”
As we look ahead towards 2021 Shamil will surely be looking forward towards getting back into action once more while aiming for redemption upon making it back inside The Octagon again soon enough without doubt considering all that has been achieved throughout 2020 alone thus far proving just why “The Lion Of Dagestan” remains amongst one of Europe’s very best rising Mixed Martial Arts stars today!