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Shamil Gaziev

Heavyweight Division

12-1-0 (W-L-D)

8

Wins by Knockout

3

Wins by Submission

8

First Round Finishes

Shamil Gaziev

athlete record

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Learn more about Shamil Gaziev's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Status
Active
Place of Birth
Dagestan, Russia
Fighting style
MMA
Age
34
Height
76.00
Weight
264.60
Octagon Debut
Dec. 16, 2023
Reach
78.50
Leg reach
45.00
  • Pro since 2020
     
  • Eight wins by KO, three by submission (3 RNC)
     
  • Eight first-round finishes
     
  • Last pre-DWCS win was first-round TKO of UFC vet Darko Stosic
     
  • Reported 9-2 amateur record

UFC 296 (12/16/23) Gaziev stopped Martin Buday via strikes at :56 of the first round 

 

Dana White's Contender Series, Season 7

Episode seven (9/19/23) Gaziev submitted Greg Velasco via rear naked choke at 2:38 of the first round

When and why did you start training for fighting? I was on the Dagestan national volleyball team. One day after a game, I met legendary coach Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. He invited me to his MMA class, and since that day I’m in MMA.

Do you have any heroes? My father is my hero  

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Since I started martial arts, I had one goal: to become the best heavyweight in the world and UFC is the best place to prove that.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Faculty of Computer Science and Management

What was your job before you started fighting? I was volleyball player on the national team  

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? I am IMMAF European, African, Asian heavyweight champion and world bronze medalist

Specific accomplishments in pro competition? Fight Nights Super Heavyweight Grand Prix MMA champion

Favorite grappling technique: Guillotine

Favorite Striking technique: Uppercut