New UFC signy Russian prospect Ruslan "Leopard" Magomdov (11-1 MMA) speaks out about the "Russian UFC invasion" and more.
"Soon UFC president Dana White will regret signing Russian fighters to his promotion," Magomedov said. "Just remember how things turned out at Bellator, when the bosses said 'let them (russians) come to us and try fight within our promotion,' and what happened? The Russians beat up a couple of dozen strong fighters, took away their titles, won grand prix and now Bellator's CEO Bjorn Rebney don't know what to do about the thing."
Ruslan Magomedov, born in 1986 in Dagestan, Russia, made his MMA debut in November 2008 with a first-round TKO-win over Rasul Musrailov in Taganrog, Russia. He competes in the heavyweight devision, but his latest bout was within the super heavyweight division where he fought former UFC champion Tim Sylvia and won by decision at Fight Nights: Battle for Moscow 13 in Moscow, Russia on october 27 last year.
In addition to Tim Sylvia, Magomedov has beaten yet another ex-UFC title holder, Rico Rodriguez, by decision, at United Glory 15 in Moscow, March 23, 2012.
The only loss Magomedov ever suffered was a second-round KO (punch to the body) loss against, well-known in the Eastern Europe, Konstantin "Bear Slayer" Gluhov at the Warrior Honnor event in Kharkiv, Ukraine, May 2011.
Things turned out very well for the Russian as he was signed by the biggest MMA promotion in the world, UFC, on march 4 this year.
Magomedov was originally supposed to fight Bret Rogers at the Bellator quarter finals at Bellator 75, but due to some visa issues, he was replaced by fellow countryman Alexander "Drago" Volkov.
Magomedov regulary trains in the Russian MMA Academy sparring with Olympic Wrestling Champions, he also trains at Greg Jackson.