Russia has always been known for producing great wrestlers. Back in the 2012 Summer Olympics the Russians dominated and took home more medals then any other country with a total of eleven (four gold, two silver, and five bronze). In the World Wrestling Championships in over all medal count they are in third with 201 but in a way are also in first when they were a part of the Soviet Union who has a total of 415. Year after year they continue to produce world-class wrestlers whose end goal is claiming Olympic gold. But what if some of these amazing wrestlers had a different plan in mind?
The answer comes in the form of four UFC standouts. The most popular right now being Khabib Nurmagomedov (21-0), then there is Rustam Khaboliv (17-1), Ali Bagautinov (13-2) and Adlan Amagov (13-2). All four fighters have exploded onto the scene manhandling and suplexing the competition like a Russian Mr.Perfect. None of which have tasted defeat since joing the UFC.
While there have always been fighters from the mother country, none have made an impact like these four. Nurmagomedov has one of the longest streaks in the UFC right now with his last 5 being in the Octagon, and have some saying that after one or two more fights would be ready for a title shot and is next scheduled to fight Rafael Dos Anjos.
Khabilov was the original opponent for Dos Anjos but was sidelined by an injury. Before his misfortune Rustam had won his three UFC appearances two by TKO and the third by a dominant decision. After making easy work out of his last three opponents Dos Anjos (ranked #6 in the UFC) would have been a big step in competition for the Russians skills and would have really given us an idea if he was going to be a real player in the division or another gatekeeper.
With an eleven fight win streak Ali Bagautinov is the smallest of four, but in that small frame is a powerful and athletic fighter who most recently upset John Lineker with a unanimous decision victory and has won all three of his UFC appearances.
From the smallest to the biggest of the four Adlan Amagov had his best performance against T.J Waldburger when he knocked him out in brutal fashion. Recently Adlan stated he would take some time off to deal with some personal issues, which is apparently the thing to do these days. While he stated he was not retiring there’s no timetable for his return.
Its great to see how MMA’s influence has reached all over the world, and in this case taken the form of four mean Russians with bad intentions. It’s a breath of fresh air from the American and Brazilian talent that currently dominates the UFC. Expect big things from these four guys and also expect an “I told you so from myself”. I predict at least two of these guys to get title shots this year and wouldn’t be surprise if we even see one with a belt around his waist.
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