UFC 291 will feature Justin Gaethje vs Dustin Poirier as the main event, but aside from that is an exciting up-and-coming prospect, Ikram Aliskerov, find out his brief bio, age, height, reach, UFC career, MMA record, and religion
The UFC 291 card features a number of top fights aside from the BMF headliner, like Alex Pereira’s 205 lbs debut against Jan Blachowicz.
Ikram Aliskerov bio age, height, weight, MMA fight record, religion, stats
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Aliskerov will take on Paulo Costa, while the Tony Ferguson vs Bobby Green and Kevin Holland vs. Michael Chiesa are the other fight on the main card.
The undercard features Stephen Thompson vs Michel Pereira and Derrick Lewis vs Marcos Rogério de Lima.
As such, many fans are wondering how Aliskerov is on the main fighting the #5 ranked middleweight contender even though there are several reputable and tenured fighters on the undercard.
Paulo Costa vs Ikram Aliskerov
Ever since Paulo Costa retired former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold at UFC 278, fans assumed he would fight Khamzat Chimaev. However, Costa is set to face an unranked Russian prospect named Aliskerov. The decision has shocked many fans but Aliskerov is not a total novice and sports and impressive record.
Brief bio and age
Ikram Aliskerov is a Russian mixed martial artist who currently competes in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Aliskerov was born on 7 December 1992 in Kasumkent, Russia and is currently 30 years old. He is also a combat sambo competitor and he fights out of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia. He is a 4x World Champion in Combat Sambo (FIAS & WCSF) and also an International Master of Sport.
Height and reach
Born: 7 December 1992 (age 30 years), Kasumkent, Russia
Height: 1.83 m
Weight: 84 kg
Reach: 76 in (193 cm)
Team: KHK MMA
Rank: 4x World Champion in Combat Sambo (FIAS & WCSF); International Master of Sport in Combat Sambo
Aliskerov has a very imposing figure standing at 6’0 (1.83 meters) with a reach of 76 inches and is a Muslim by religion.
Ikram Aliskerov UFC career
Aliskerov is a relatively unknown fighter who has been highly touted for quite some time recently. Following a standout performance on the Contender Series Season 6, Aliskerov made joined the UFC. On his debut night, Ikram took out Mario Sousa with a Kimura lock in the first round itself.
He then took on Phil Hawes at UFC 288, where Ikram showed off his striking prowess. The Dagestani fighter knocked out Hawes within the very first round. Following the win, he went to call out fellow middleweight and rising prospect, Bo Nickal.
Hey Bo Nickal, I heard you said you wanted to fight with a Dagestani guy. Brother, I am here. I am waiting. He said he want to fight with Dagestani guy. I’m here. We need to see whose wrestling is better.”
Ikram Aliskerov MMA record
Before making an appearance on the Contender Series, Aliskerov also featured at Eagle FC and Brave CF. So far, Aliskerov has a total MMA record of 14-1, with 10 knockout wins. His single loss came at the hands of Khamzat Chimaev who delivered a devastating KO on the Dagestani fighter at Brave CF 23.
Interestingly, after the fight, Chimaev called Ikram as the toughest opponent of his career despite his KO win. Ever since his loss, Aliskerov has racked up 6 consecutive wins with 5 of them being knockouts.