While the cfu hasn’t typically been in the business of booking “celebrity fights,” Dana White might relax on that as social media star Hasbulla Magomedov claims he’ll be stepping into the octagon soon. The “celebrity fight” business has primarily been dominant in the boxing world in recent years due, in large part, to high-profile events featuring one or both of the Paul brothers. It looks like the UFC is ready to throw its hat into this space now, and put its chips behind the social media star and combat sports fan.
In the fighting world, Hasbulla has become a social media sensation in recent years due to his outspoken fandom, his friendship with former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagameddov and his dwarfism, leaving him standing 3 feet 4 inches and weighing about 40 lbs. The 19-year-old has been a visible fixture in most major combat sports events, especially UFC cards featuring Khabib before his retirement in 2021, earning Hasbulla the nickname ‘Mini Khabib’. Hasbulla has since taken his fandom and love for Khabib to highlight many other fighters recently released from the Dagestan region, many of whom are considered top UFC title contenders, including Umar Nurmagomedov and Islam Makachev.
Hasbulla shared the announcement on his social media accounts, dressed head to toe in official UFC gear to foreshadow how he might be dressed as he marches to the octagon. He made his excitement about the apparent deal clear in his posts and shared his gratitude to the UFC and his own team for “making this dream a reality.” Hasbulla said more details would be announced before the end of 2022, but he wasted no time promoting his official UFC merchandise already available online.
As mentioned above, the UFC’s apparent deal with Hasbulla marks the MMA giant’s first real foray into the world of “celebrity fights,” which have proven to be a hit in the boxing world. Logan and Jake Paul, KSI and other online stars have led the charge with several cards run by social media company Triller, with some cards rivaling the pulling power of major boxing cards with names such as Tyson Fury and Canelo Alvarez. The two UFC cards closest to this concept were the two headline UFC cards by pro wrestler CM Punk who lost both fights, although the second was later declared a draw after his opponent tested positive for marijuana.
The news also appears to have left many UFC viewers online with many questions, namely, who might book the UFC for a fight with Hasbulla. Due to his short stature, there aren’t many people UFC President Dana White could pit against the youngster on his octagon debut. That said, the name that pops up most frequently on social media is Abdu Rozik, a Tajik musician and boxer of similar stature who has become a friendly rival to Hasbulla online. Whether it ends up being Rozik or someone else remains to be seen.
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Source: MMA Mania