Zubaira Tukhugov


Sledgehammer hook helps secure win
February 22, 2020
Tukhugov defeated Kevin Aguliar via TKO (punches) at 3:21 of Round 1 at at UFC Fight Night 168 in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday.
To be honest, Tukhugov doesn't have that much in the way of dynamic offense. What he does have, though, is an ability to cover an incredible amount of distance with power hooks from both sides, which makes him a fighter who can be very dangerous in spots. Aguilar found this out the hard way, as a fight he started out winning turned on a dime with one shot. Tukhugov doesn't fight very often, and probably isn't the organization's favorite after he hit Conor McGregor with a cheap shot during a brawl at UFC 229, but his power must be respected whenever he steps in the cage. He improves to 19-4-1 in professional MMA as a result of the win.
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Fighting Aguilar in Auckland
January 8, 2020
Tukhugov (18-4-1) is scheduled to face Kevin Aguilar (17-2-0) in a featherweight fight Feb. 22 at UFC Auckland, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
Best known for his role in the brawl that ensued following Khabib Nurmagomedov's victory over Conor McGregor at UFC 229, Tukhugov will look to put more focus on his skills as a fighter when he returns to the Octagon in February. After completing a 35-day suspension following the UFC 229 incident, Tukhugov returned to competition at UFC 242 in September, fighting Lerone Murphy to a draw.
Can't control fight after knockdown
September 7, 2019
Tukhugov fought Lerone Murphy to a draw (28-29, 29-28, 28-28) at The Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
Tukhugov landed a huge shot early in the fight to floor his opponent, but Murphy never lost his bearings and was able to ride out the rest of the round on his back. From there it was a tale of two fights, as Murphy controlled the striking while Tukhugov was able to consistently land takedowns. While some may argue that he should have won the fight, Tukhugov does too much standing on the outside looking to land the big shot and isn't a submission grappler, which really limits his offensive potential in any given fight. He moves to 18-4-1 in professional MMA as a result of the draw.
Returning at UFC 242
August 20, 2019
Tukhugov (suspension) will retake the Octagon at UFC 242 on Sept. 7 in a featherweight matchup against Lerone Murphy, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com reports.
Tukhugov received a one-year suspension that was later reduced by 35 days for his role in a post-fight brawl at UFC 229. He has finally come to the end of his term and will get back in the cage against a newcomer in Murphy. After three straight wins to open his UFC career, Tukhugov fell via split decision at UFC 198 back in May of 2016. Both he and Murphy have won the majority of their results via KO/TKO, so expect plenty of haymakers to be thrown.
Gets reduced suspension
May 22, 2019
Tukhugov had his one-year suspension reduced by 35 days, Marc Raimondi of ESPN reports.
Tukhugov and teammate Abubakar Nurmagomedov were both initially suspended for a year and both got the same reduction. The decision helps pieces fall in place for Khabib Nurmagomedov, who is teammates with both, to defend his lightweight title against interim champion Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 on September 7. Khabib stated that he would not take part in a fight until his teammates were no longer suspended, and the reduced sentence means Tukhugov will be cleared by the start of September.
Fined and suspended
January 29, 2019
Tukhugov was fined $25,000 and suspended one year Tuesday for his role in the post-fight brawl at UFC 229, Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports reports.
Tukhugov will be eligible to return to action Oct. 6, as the penalty is backdated to the date of the incident. Teammate Abubakar Nurmagomedov faces an identical punishment, while Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov were handed larger fines but suspended just six months.