Makhmud Muradov

Mach

Uzbekistan

Falls as biggest favorite on card
MiddleweightUFC
August 28, 2021
Muradov lost to Gerald Meerschaert via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:49 of Round 2 at UFC on ESPN 30 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
What a disaster. Entering as the biggest favorite on the card at -575, Muradov was unable to close the show in Round 1 before tapping out in Round 2. It started well for Muradov, as he rocked Meerschaert early with plenty of power shots and multiple combinations, but his energy level clearly dipped as the fight progressed, leaving his experienced opponent the opening to earn the submission victory. Muradov has about as much knockout power as any middleweight on the UFC roster, but his submission defense is a major, major concern. Four of his six career defeats have come via that method, giving his opponents an area to try to exploit despite Muradov's immense physical gifts. He falls to 3-1 in the UFC.
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To fight Meerschaert
MiddleweightUFC
May 8, 2021
Muradov is scheduled to take on Gerald Meerschaert in a UFC event on Aug. 28, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Muradov will put his perfect UFC record on the line in this one. He is coming off a victory over Andrew Sanchez via TKO. He will likely need to avoid been taken down at all costs in this upcoming bout, as Meerschaert has accumulated six career victories via submission, which is a UFC middleweight record.
Remains perfect in UFC
MiddleweightUFC
January 23, 2021
Muradov defeated Andrew Sanchez via TKO (punches) at 2:59 of Round 3 at UFC 257 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
Muradov is a notoriously slow starter who improves considerably as the fight progresses, and this bout was no different. Muradov clearly won all three rounds, but the second and third were considerably better for him than the first. Muradov has fight-ending power, but he is perfectly capable of stringing together stinging combinations when necessary. The only concern surrounding Muradov three fights into his UFC run is the fact he's never fought anyone of note. That's going to change in the very near future, but Saturday's win over Sanchez was the biggest of Muradov's career up to this point. It also earned him a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus. It will be fascinating to see how the soon-to-be 31-year-old performs when the opposition level standing across the Octagon from him rises. It's coming.
Fighting at UFC 257
MiddleweightUFC
December 23, 2020
Muradov will take on Andrew Sanchez in a middleweight bout at UFC 257 on Jan. 23, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Muradov will be filling in for Andre Muniz, who was forced to withdraw for an undisclosed reason. This will be Muradov's first appearance in the Octagon since December of 2019 when he knocked out Trevor Smith. He will hope to go to 3-0 with the promotion.
Withdraws from Saturday fight
MiddleweightUFC
October 29, 2020
Muradov is out of Saturday's scheduled matchup against Kevin Holland, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
No reason was given for Muradov's withdrawal, but the writing was on the wall when both he and Holland failed to appear in a scheduled media day appearance Wednesday. Holland will remain on the card, taking on short-notice replacement Charlie Ontiveros.
Paired against Kevin Holland
MiddleweightUFC
October 18, 2020
Muradov will now take on Kevin Holland in Las Vegas on Oct. 31, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Muradov needed a new opponent after Krzysztof Jotko withdrew Sunday due to a broken toe. He'll remain on the card after Holland was brought in as a replacement right away. Holland earned his third straight UFC victory quite recently, defeating Darren Stewart by split decision in September. Muradov will be looking for a three-fight UFC winning streak of his own, as he won his first two matches with the promotion last year.