The UFC has signed three-time Russian Combat Sambo champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
According to a report from MMAWeekly.com, three-time Russian Combat Sambo champion has signed a six-fight deal with the UFC:
Undefeated Russian prospect Khabib Nurmagomedov has signed a six-fight deal to compete in the UFC's lightweight division.
The signing comes courtesy of Nurmagomedov's management team at MVC Sports Management, who confirmed the news to MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday.
At 23-years of age, Nurmagomedov is already 16-0 as a professional MMA fighter, while also becoming a 3-time Russian Combat Sambo champion.
MVC Sports Management is headed up by Mike Constantino, who also happens to be the lead trainer at AMA Fight Club in New Jersey. The camp houses UFC veterans Jim Miller, Dan Miller, and Charlie Brenneman along with a number of prospects from Europe including Russian Adlan Amagov. The signing seems to be on par for Constantino as he's been tapping into the Eastern bloc, a region that's long been ignored by most MMA managers and promoters.
Nurmagomedov sports an impressive 16-0 record with a background in Combat Sambo that translates well to the ring or cage. Unfortunately, he's fought subpar competition throughout his career, and much of the footage on Khabib shows immaturity in his skills despite amassing such a bloated record. Hopefully, that's where AMA Fight Club can help him. I'm not keen on the signing by the UFC as there are a number of other Eastern bloc fighters worth a look, but he's definitely earned the chance.