Tagir Ulanbekov is a Russian mixed martial artist currently competing in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He was born on October 18, 1996 in Grozny, Russia.
Ulanbekov started his career fighting for the Chechen Republic MMA promotion before signing with UFC in 2019. His professional record consists of 14 wins out of 14 fights and 8 wins via knockout or technical knockout. In 2020 he won four fights against John Gunther, Bruno Silva, Nathaniel Wood, and Ryan Benoit which earned him a contract with UFC.
Since joining UFC Ulanbekov has become one of the most promising fighters in the lightweight division. He made his debut at Fight Night 171: Blaydes vs Volkov where he submitted Austrian fighter Steve Garcia by rear naked choke in round two. This victory earned Tagir “Performance Of The Night” honors and increased anticipation for his future performance inside the octagon.
Ulanbekov followed up his successful debut with another impressive submission win over Malcolm Gordon at Fight Night 181: Ortega vs The Korean Zombie where he again secured “Performance Of The Night” award after submitting Gordon by an arm triangle choke late into round three gaining further recognition from fans and critics alike as an emerging talent within lightweight division of UFC .
At 22 years old Tagir Ulanbekov is considered to be one of brightest stars rising up through ranks of MMA world today having already established himself as proven finisher inside octagon . With five straight wins under his belt , solid ground game , incredible cardio , strong takedown defense and potential to keep ever-improving striking arsenal – it will be interesting to see what this young Russian athlete can achieve during next few years .