Zubaira Tukhugov


Baffling decision leads to loss
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.
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.
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FIght still on
September 25, 2020
Tikhonov's scheduled fight against Hakeem Dawodu on Saturday remains on despite Tukhugov missing weight, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
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
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.
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
July 14, 2020
Tukhugov is lined up to face Hakeem Dawodu in a featherweight matchup at UFC 253 on Sept. 19, MMAJunkie.com reports.
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.
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.
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.