Islam Mamedov

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Bellator 263’s Islam Mamedov on going twelve years unbeaten in MMA

Islam Mamedov tests skills against Brent Primus at Bellator 263 in a consequential lightweight prizefight. This clash between talented 155 pounders goes down on Saturday, July 31st, and emanates from The Forum in Inglewood, California.

The relatively anomalous weekend offering from Bellator broadcasts on Showtime.

Mamedov has not been defeated across his last nineteen MMA fights. The PFL and UAE Warriors vet makes his promotional debut against former Bellator MMA divisional kingpin Brent Primus.

Islam Mamedov’s last bout saw him wrench out a third-round kneebar victory Martun Mezhlumyan at UAE Warriors 14 in November.

Brent Primus has secured back-to-back victories since dropping the Bellator MMA lightweight title to Michael Chandler during their rematch.

The American Top Team Portland product has notched consecutive first-round submission finishes. Victories coming over Tim Wilde and Chris Bungard at Bellator Birmingham and Bellator 240, respectively.

Though he has subsequently had a pair of Submission Underground forays where he split a pair of contests, Primus has not competed in the Bellator cage since February 2020. He seems to be chomping at the bit to re-introduce himself to the picture.

I spoke with Islam Mamedov at the Bellator 263 media day. To get some insights into how one maintains a blemish devoid run of MMA contests for well over a decade.

Islam Mamedov excerpt

Question: It’s been just over 12 years unbeaten for Islam (only lost in his second fight overall). I’m kind of wondering what does he credit that level of consistency and longevity to in the sport of MMA?

Through a translator, Islam Mamedov stated, “As you said consistency. Consistency is the key. Even if I don’t have a fight or I have injuries, layovers, I always train. I always train like I have a fight. I have to prepare for someone. Also, I am training with a team like that. So that’s probably the key to my success.”


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Dylan Bowker
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