Muhammad Mokaev headed for surgery after suffering dislocated shoulder, still hopes to fight at UFC 286


Muhammad Mokaev was anticipating a busy 2023, but his new year will start off with surgery rather than a fight.

The 22-year-old flyweight prospect revealed on social media that he suffered a dislocated shoulder in training that will require him to go under the knife before he can compete again. Mokaev wasn’t booked for a fight, although he’s hoping to be recovered in enough time to fight at the upcoming UFC 286 card scheduled in London on March 18.

“Unfortunately I have dislocated my shoulder, now I will wait for the operation!” Mokaev wrote on Twitter. Thank you to my fans, I’ll be back as soon and as possible. I swear! Love you all!

“Exact same day last year I [broke] my hand before my UFC debut in London, I will do everything to fight on [the] UFC London card! Although I attempted to hold the fight until after, I couldn’t lift my arm .

This is unfortunate news for Mokaev who, after his UFC debut with a roaring start, quickly rose to prominence as a flyweight fighter.

The Dagestani native, who has called England home for several years, went 3-0 in the UFC in 2022 including wins over Cody Durden and Malcolm Gordon. He currently sports a perfect 9-0 record with one no contest through the first 10 fights of his career.

It’s not clear how long Mokaev will be sidelined while recovering from shoulder surgery, although it might be ambitious to consider a return as early as March.

Mokaev remains optimistic that he will bounce back quickly and he wants to keep his climb up the flyweight ranks, once he is healthy enough.