Magomed Mustafaev

Russia

Toughness not enough in loss
LightweightUFC
February 22, 2020
Mustafaev lost to Brad Riddell via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night 168 in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Mustafaev was introduced to perhaps the most danger he has ever encountered on the feet in Round 1 of this fight, as a powerful overhand right dropped him before he had a chance to settle in. From there, Mustafaev started to claw his way back into the fight with his grappling, but he ultimately didn't do enough with his control time to warrant a victory. Mustafaev is clearly talented with a well-rounded skill set, but he has only fought three times in the past four years, making it hard to make any pronouncements about his future. He falls to 14-4 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
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Set to face Brad Riddell
LightweightUFC
November 26, 2019
Mustafaev will face Brad Riddell at UFC Auckland on Feb. 22, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Mustafaev was forced to pull out of his matchup against Don Madge in Abu Dhabi in September for undisclosed reasons, but he's apparently good to go now. He'll be looking to win for the fourth time in five matches since joining the UFC. His opponent, Riddell, won his only UFC match against Jamie Mullarkey in October.
Pulls out of UFC 242
LightweightUFC
August 20, 2019
Mustafaev (14-3-0) is no longer scheduled to take on Don Madge (8-3-1) in a lightweight fight Sept. 7 at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi after withdrawing from the event, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Madge suggested in a since-deleted post on his personal Twitter account that a doping violation was the reason behind Mustafaev's withdrawal, but he later recanted those allegations. It's thus unknown why Mustafaev is electing to pull out of the Abu Dhabi card, but the UFC is apparently still looking to have Madge as part of the preliminary card. Expect the promotion to announce a short-notice replacement for Mustafaev in the coming days.
Part of UFC 242 lineup
LightweightUFC
June 29, 2019
Mustafaev will take on Don Madge in a lightweight battle at UFC 242 on Sept. 7, Farah Hannoun of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Mustafaev is 3-1 with the UFC, with his only loss coming against former title contender Kevin Lee all the way back in 2016. After a long layoff, he returned against Rafael Fiziev this past April and finished him via spinning back kick in the first round, winning a Performance of the Night bonus along the way. Madge is also fresh off a $50,000 bonus, but the 8-3 fighter has just one UFC victory under his belt. Mustafaev will be giving up four inches in height and an inch in reach to the South African prospect.
Unleashes spinning back kick
LightweightUFC
April 20, 2019
Mustafaev defeated Rafael Fiziev via TKO (kick and punches) at 1:26 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Saint Petersburg.
ANALYSIS
Mustafaev needed a less than two minutes to get back on the winning track. Fiziev had a lot trouble finding his range, while Mustafaev controlled the distance. After about a minute, he unleashed a spinning back kick that dropped Fiziev. He was clearly hurt, and Mustafaev threw strikes on the ground until he decided it was enough and walked away. He improves to 2-1 in the UFC and 14-3 overall as a professional.
Falls to 2-1 in the UFC
LightweightUFC
November 19, 2016
Mustafaev lost to Kevin Lee via technical submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:31 of round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
ANALYSIS
Mustafaev landed some very powerful blows in this fight. However, he did not have any answers for Lee's wrestling. He was takedown several times. Lee also excelled on the ground. Late in the second round, Mustafaev gave up his back for the third time. This time, he could not avoid the rear-naked choke, and he went out.