Muhammed Mokaev, a Salford-based, Russian born, MMA fighter, is set to represent Great Britain at the Under-23 World Wrestling Championships in Serbia.

Training under Oleg Druzhynets at the City of Manchester Wrestling Club in Salford, Muhammed Mokaev is confident in his wrestling ability as he aims for gold at the tournament.

Arriving in the UK originally as refugee from Dagestan, Russia, Mokaev has represented the Great British wrestling team for nine years and also won four gold medals for GB at the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) tournaments.

Moakev announced the news he’s heading to Serbia on his Instagram stating: “I will take participation at the world wrestling championships under 23 in Serbia November 1-7 representing Great Britain.”

Currently holding a 6-0 professional record in MMA, Mokaev has showcased his wrestling prowess over his fight career. This includes his 23 wins as an amateur, in which he also remained undefeated.

Although currently signed to Brave CF, many top athletes and pundits alike have tipped the Dagestani to one day become a UFC champion.


Interestingly, Muhammad didn’t pick up wrestling until he arrived in the UK, which is remarkable considering Dagestan is considered to be the number spot in the world for producing high level wrestlers.

Although now shifting his focus to wrestling, Mokaev has maintained his intention stay active in MMA as well, posting on twitter:

The six-time British wrestling champion looks to build upon his already impressive resume as he is set to compete in the 61kg weight category.

The best place to catch the action over the winter will be on the United World Wrestling website

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