The Dagestan-born, 21-years old Muhammad Mokaev has big aspirations ahead of his UFC Fight Night debut. Mokaev aims to beat Jon Jones’ record and become the youngest UFC champion. He has around two years to fulfill this goal.
Jon Jones is currently holding this record. Jones was 23 years and eight months old when he beat Mauricio Rua back in 2011 at UFC 128, giving Mokaev 787 days – or just over two years, to enter the record books.
He went 23-0 in his amateur career, which is one of the longest undefeated streaks in amateur MMA.
The 21-year-old became a two-time IMMAF junior world champion, and collected gold in the ADCC UK Championships in 2019 and the IMMAF WMMAA Open Championships in 2020.
Muhammad Mokaev turned professional last year due to the lack of competition in the amateur territory.
Muhammed Mokaev believes he would do well against Figueiredo and Moreno
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He’ll be entering the Flyweight division, which is one of the most exciting divisions in the UFC. The Brit is looking to push past the top contenders like Deiveson Figueiredo, Brandon Moreno, Askar Askarov, and Alexandre Pantoja on his way to becoming the youngest champion in UFC history.
What sets Muhammad Mokaev apart is his dominance in grappling, just like other Dagestanis. But he is also technically good on feet.
He is confident enough to beat Moreno with his wrestling and stand in a fist fight against the much intimidating reigning champion Deiveson Figueiredo.
The British sensation thinks big and hopes that the fans will buy it: “I think maximum three or four fights because people want to see this.”
“And if people want to see this, UFC will help me with it. I just have to win the fights, and win the fights nice, and then I’m there.”
“The flyweight division is not stable, every year the champion is changing. Since Demetrious Johnson went, it’s not stable.”
“One time people perform well and another time they perform bad, even Figueiredo and Moreno, when the young guys come, it’s a different game.”