Fighter Spotlight: Ikram Aliskerov

Fighter Spotlight: Ikram Aliskerov

Taylor Dow|
October 16, 2023|

Fighter Stats

Record: 14-1
Born: 7 December 1992 (age 30 years), Kasumkent, Russia
Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
Height: 6' 0" (1.83m)
Reach: 76" (193 cm)
Nationality: Russian
Division: Middleweight (185 lb)
Fighting out of: Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia
Next Fight: Warlley Alves at UFC 294: Makhachev vs. Volkanovski 2.


Professional MMA Debut

Aliskerov made his professional MMA debut against Alimjon Shadmanov at Fight Stars Europe in 2012. Shadmanov was 4-2 at the time, coming off a loss to future PFL and UFC fighter Gasan Umalatov. Aliskerov dominated the whole fight and won a unanimous decision to begin his career.

8-Fight Win Streak

Aliskerov followed up his dominant MMA debut against fellow Russian Vladimir Stukalov 3 years later, as during this period, he was actively competing in Combat Sambo and winning gold in all but one tournament he was involved in. Aliskerov finished Stukalov by armbar submission in the first round of the bout.

Two months later, Aliskerov returned against another Russian, Dmitry Aryshev, who he defeated by yet another dominant unanimous decision.

Aliskerov would again take time off to compete in the Combat Sambo World Championships and take home medals at all events. His final competition in Combat Sambo would come in 2017 before starting to fight and train full-time in MMA. To close out 2017, Aliskerov would score back-to-back first-round finishes over Rufat Asadov and Jeremy Smith in Brave CF, where he spent most of his career.

2018 would be the busiest year for Aliskerov in terms of MMA, with three victories inside the Brave CF cage, he won a split decision over Chad Hanekom, followed by back-to-back TKOs over Joey Michael Berkenbosch and Geraldo Coelho de Lima Neto.

With these wins, Aliskerov would move to 8-0 as a professional over opponents with a combined record of 35-16 before fighting him, even giving two men their first losses.


Tasting Defeat vs. Khamzat Chimaev

Aliskerov's first defeat came at the hands of UFC star Khamzat Chimaev at Brave CF in 2019, in a viral uppercut knockout that got Chimaev in Dana White's line of sight.

Chimaev was relentless with the leg kicks that ultimately set up the knockout.

Rebuilding to make it to the UFC

Aliskerov returned from his defeat in December of the same year, again in Brave CF, against MMA veteran Diego Gonzalez. Aliskerov scored the TKO at 2:04 of the final round to get back in the win column.

Aliskerov would have two more fights in Brave FC against Denis Tiuliulin and Miro Jurković, where he finished them both by Kimura submission.

Aliskerov went on to have one more fight outside the Zuffa umbrella, this time in Khabib Nurmagomedov's promotion, Eagle FC. Aliskerov took on UFC veteran Nah-Shon Burrell at Eagle FC 46 in March 2022, where he won by unanimous decision and was subsequently offered a shot on Dana White's Contender Series Season 6.

At Dana White's Contender Series 54, Aliskerov faced 15-2-1 Brazilian prospect Mário Sousa and won by Kimura submission in the first round, leaving Dana White impressed enough to give him a contract to fight in the UFC.

Aliskerov's record was now 13-1, with 4 KO/TKOs and 5 submissions.


UFC Debut

Aliskerov debuted in the UFC against Dana White's Contender Series veteran Phil Hawes. Hawes was 4-2 in the promotion, with impressive wins over Jacob Malkoun, Nassourdine Imavov, Kyle Daukaus, and Deron Winn. Aliskerov made quick work of the American, finishing him by knockout in 2 minutes with a pinpoint combination at UFC 288.

Next Fight and Opponent Change

Originally, Aliskerov was scheduled to face Paulo Costa at UFC 291; however, the UFC opted to scrap the pairing and instead pit him against Nassourdine Imavov at UFC 294, with Costa now facing Khamzat Chimaev. Ultimately, this new matchup fell through, and now Ikram Aliskerov's next fight will be against Warlley Alves in the preliminary headliner at UFC 294: Makhachev vs. Volkanovski 2.

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