Makhmud Muradov
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Uzbekistan

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.
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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.
Needs new opponent
MiddleweightUFC
October 18, 2020
Muradov needs a new opponent if he's to remain on the Oct. 31 card in Las Vegas, as Krzysztof Jotko withdrew with a fractured toe Sunday, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Muradov hasn't fought all year after winning the first two matches of his UFC career in 2019. He's had bad luck with cancellations, losing a matchup against Antonio Carlos Junior in March due to Carlos Junior's torn ACL and see his April fight against Karl Roberson called off due to the coronavirus pandemic. Whether or not he remains on the Oct. 31 card against a different opponent remains to be seen.
Booked for October fight
MiddleweightUFC
August 1, 2020
Muradov will face Krzysztof Jotko in a middleweight fight at UFC's Oct. 31 event, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Come October, it will have been just over a year since Muradov made his UFC debut with a unanimous decision victory of Alessio Di Chirico. Muradov then took it a step up in his second fight, scoring a third-round knockout ofTrevor Smith at a UFC Fight Night event back in December. He'll look to make another statement with a victory over Jotko, another promising fighter who has defeated his last three opponents.