Fighters Only reported today that KSW's middleweight standout, Mamed Khalidov has been offered a deal with the UFC. Khalidov is comfortable with his current deal at KSW and apparently scoffed at the offer the UFC proposed to him:
Khalidov - currently in his native Chechnya, where his family still reside - has apparently declared the initial UFC offer to be ‘laughable’, which does not bode well for a move to the US. At the same time, he is a pragmatist who no doubt understands that his value in the US will not be anywhere near what it is in Poland and Eastern Europe.
Clearly Khalidov could benefit from some bargaining, as he is a very lustrous talent. He needs to look at a bigger picture for his career as a whole, and to see what will hold the brightest future for him. He is a top middleweight talent in a division that has been noted as fairly weak as of late, so it will be interesting to see how this unfolds.
Khalidov is currently on a five fight winning streak, all of which include finishes, and all in the first round. He holds an impressive 25 wins and 4 losses in professional MMA, and has fought under the KSW banner 12 times. He holds wins over Matt Linland, James Irvin, Jorge Santiago, and Igor Pokrajac. It is to be noted that he is 31 years old, so the clock is ticking on his prime. The fact that the UFC made an offer is very exciting, but for right now it doesn't seem like we'll see him there.