Zubaira Tukhugov
Warrior

Russia

Out
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 5/22/2021
Withdraws due to injury
FeatherweightUFC
Out
March 5, 2021
Tukhugov has withdrawn from his scheduled fight against Ricardo Ramos at UFC Vegas 21 on March 13 due to an unspecified injury, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
The nature and severity of Tukhugov's injury aren't yet known. The promotion will attempt to find a new opponent for Ramos on short notice, but it's unclear when Tukhugov will be healthy enough to return.
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Set to fight again in March
FeatherweightUFC
Out
January 17, 2021
Tukhugov will square off against Ricardo Ramos at a UFC event scheduled for March 13 in Las Vegas, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Tukhugov will head into his upcoming fight coming off a loss he wishes he could undo. The 30-year-old was defeated by Hakeem Dawodu via split decision back in September despite being four pounds overweight. He didn't help his case during the bout as he spent the entirety of the final round dancing around the octagon instead of engaging with his opponent. Both Tukhugov and Ramos are coming off of disappointing losses which should give them some added momentum to patch up their mistakes and capitalize on their strengths with the hopes of walking away with a victory.
Baffling decision leads to loss
FeatherweightUFC
Out
September 26, 2020
Tukhugov lost to Hakeem Dawodu via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 27-30) at UFC 253 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
Tukhugov may have deserved the split decision, but it's hard to get too worked up about the call for a pair of reasons. The first being the fact he missed weight by a whopping four pounds on Friday. The second is the fact he spent the entirety of Round 3 seemingly running away from Dawodu. Dawodu wanted to engage him in a kickboxing match, and Tukhugov spent the frame on his bicycle backing off. It was a baffling decision. If Tukhugov did it because he thought he was up a pair of rounds and wanted to cruise to the final bell, it's simply unacceptable. Either way, it likely cost him the fight, and this isn't a bout he could afford to lose after fighting just four times in the past four-plus years.
FIght still on
FeatherweightUFC
Out
September 25, 2020
Tikhonov's scheduled fight against Hakeem Dawodu on Saturday remains on despite Tukhugov missing weight, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Tukhugov missed weight by a full four pounds. Dawodu has accepted the fight, however, so the contest will go forward with the Russian surrendering a portion of his purse.
Misses weight
FeatherweightUFC
Out
September 25, 2020
Tukhugov weighed in at four pounds over the 146-pound featherweight limit for Saturday's bout with Hakeem Dawodu at UFC 253, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
It's a big miss for the Russian as he comes in weighing 150 pounds for the featherweight matchup. Assuming Dawodu accepts the bout against an overweight opponent, Tukhugov likely will be fighting for a reduced purse.
Negotiating September bout
FeatherweightUFC
Out
July 14, 2020
Tukhugov is lined up to face Hakeem Dawodu in a featherweight matchup at UFC 253 on Sept. 19, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Tukhugov sports a 4-1-1 UFC record, most recently getting back in the win column with a TKO victory against Kevin Aguilar in February. He'll get another tough test in Dawodu, the winner of four consecutive UFC fights. Tukhugov isn't a particularly high-volume striker, and will be at a big disadvantage in terms of offensive striking volume in this matchup. He'll look to negate this with his wrestling, as Tukhugov averages nearly a takedown per round in his UFC career. Dawodu, who sports a five-inch reach advantages, also happens to own an 85 percent takedown defense, however.