UFC 294 adds controversial character

UFC 294 will feature controversial Russian MMA prospect Sharabutin Magomedov, a year removed from a shocking sucker punch incident.

By: Tim Bissell | 2 months ago

Sharabutdin Magomedov to debut at UFC 294

UFC 294 will feature undefeated Russian MMA prospect Sharabutdin Magomedov, who will be making his debut for the promotion and hoping to add to his 11-0 record. At that event, which takes place on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi on October 21, Magomedov will face Bruno Silva.

The 29-year-old ‘Shara Bullet’ comes to the Octagon with plenty of hype and two notable controversies.

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Sucker punch incident in Dagestan

Last year Sharabutdin Magomedov was travelling down an escalator in a shopping mall in Makhachkala, not minding his own business. In front of him were a couple, who were very much minding their own business.

CCTV footage shows the man in the couple lean forward to give his beau a peck on the cheek. This prompted Magomedov to say something to that man and then step towards him. See what happened next below:

At the bottom of the elevator the man made the poor decision to throw a punch at the highly touted combat sports prospect. This resulted in a brawl, with Magomedov getting on top the man and striking him a number of time before bystanders could separate them.

The CCTV footage then showed, some time later, Magomedov waiting around a corner to ambush the man. As the man came into view, Magomedov levelled him with a brutal sucker punch. After the man hit the floor, Magomedov stomped on his head before being pushed away by more bystanders.

Magomedov was charged with hooliganism and disturbing public order for this incident. Magomedov defended his actions saying that there are “unwritten rules” the target of his attack should have followed and that the man could kiss his girlfriend in public in Moscow, but not in Makhachkala.

“If it was a tourist or a stranger then you could just ask him to stop,” said Magomedov. “I just wanted to tell him he was not behaving properly but I could not convey my message. He took it wrongly, there’s also a matter of pride – he hit me. It was unexpected, I suggested we talk about it – but he hit me. My last blow was definitely not necessary.”

Any punishment Magomedov faced over that incident hasn’t hurt his career prospects. He was signed to the UFC some months later.

Magomedov blew his lid at a BJJ comp, too

Fast forward to this year.

Sharabutin Magomedov was competing at an ADCC Southeast Asia Tournament when things got out of hand. See what happened below:

The clip shows Magomedov being caught in a heel hook. When he tried to scamper away, he slapped down on his opponent’s shin in a move which was immediately honoured as a tap out. Magomedov then lashed out at the other grappler with his heel and then advanced on him as if he was going to start beating him.

The opposing grappler threw his arms out as if to say, “what the hell are you doing?” and the red mist seemed to then subside. Before turning and walking away, though, Magomedov kicked the man in the thigh.

Magomedov was given an L on the match. He would later complain that he had been thrown into competition against black belts despite this being his first ever BJJ tournament.

UFC 292 is shaping up nicely

UFC 292 is set to feature a number of fighters from Dagestan and Chechnya, who may or may not be able to compete in the US for reasons. The main event is Islam Makhachev vs. Charles Oliveira in a rematch for Makhachev’s UFC lightweight title.

The co-main is Ramzan Kadyrov’s bestie Khamzat Chimaev vs. Paulo Costa. There’s also Magomed Ankalaev vs. Johnny Walker and Ikram Aliskerov vs. Nassourdine Imavov.

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Tim Bissell
Tim Bissell

Tim Bissell is a writer, editor and deputy site manager for Bloody Elbow. He has covered combat sports since 2015. Tim covers news and events and has also written longform and investigative pieces. Among Tim's specialties are the intersections between crime and combat sports. Tim has also covered head trauma, concussions and CTE in great detail.

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