Fighter Profile: Askar Askarov

One of the most promising UFC Men’s Flyweights is Dagestan’s Askar Askarov. The Russian has an impressive 14-1-1 record with his only loss coming in his last bout against top level Flyweight Kai Kara-France. The only other blemish on his record is a draw, but we’ll get into that later on. Askarov has seen Flyweight gold in his career already and hopes to one day see UFC gold, and he is currently ranked fourth in the UFC Flyweight division. 

Askarov was born on October 9 1992 in the village of Kamysh-Kutan in the Akhvakhsky District of Dagestan. Askarov is an International Master of Sports of Russia in Freestyle Wrestling and Combat Sambo. Askarov is deaf and only hears 20% of the sounds most people can. He has won gold in the Deaflympics. Askarov’s handicap made it very hard for him to fight as most fighters have the helping hand of a coach in their corner, Askarov can’t hear his corner when he fights. Still this has not stopped him from having a spectacular MMA career thus far.

 Askarov made his professional debut against Shamil Amirov in July of 2013. Askarov would win the bout via Submission (rear-naked Choke.) He’d then face Kvanzhakov Kantemir winning the bout by TKO (punches.) Elvin Abbasov would be next for Askarov he’d win the fight via Submission (armbar.) He would then join Absolute Championship Berkut after a TKO victory over Vakha Kadyrov. He’d win his first four fights in the ABC promotion before fighting for and winning the ACB Flyweight Championship against . José Maria Tomé. He’d defend that belt a few times before going to the UFC.

Askarov would make his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 159 Rodriguez vs. Stephens in September of 2019. His opponent would be Brandon Moreno, but unfortunately the fight would end in a draw. He’d then fight Tim Elliott he would win this fight via Unanimous Decision. Alexandre Pantoja would be next for Askarov, he’d win the fight again by unanimous decision. Askarov would next face off against Joseph Benavidez; he’d win that contest before losing in his next outing to Kai Kara France.

Askarov is set to face off against Brandon Royval in October at the UFC Apex. We wish Askarov luck.

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