-- Bellator MMA is proud to announce that undefeated, highly touted prospect Usman Nurmagomedov
(11-0) has signed an exclusive multi-year, multi-fight contract with the ViacomCBS-owned promotion.
Unbeaten to start his mixed martial arts career, a run that has taken place in regional promotions around the globe, the younger cousin of Khabib Nurmagomedov has been lauded by those close to both fighters as an elite talent that is capable of eclipsing the current world champion. Training under the tutelage of Javier Mendez at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif. as well as Khabib's late father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov in Dagestan, Russia, Usman has utilized his stellar wrestling and Muay Thai credentials to breeze through his first 11 professional contests, with finishes in all but one outing.
"With today's signing of Usman Nurmagomedov, we are making it clear that Bellator is home to the best fighters on the planet and an organization where the sport's future stars are coming to compete," Bellator President Scott Coker said. "I am thrilled to have Usman join the promotion and he will be placed in an immediate position to showcase his skills and contend at 155-pounds. We hope to have him in action inside the Bellator cage by December or January."
Nurmagomedov will compete in Bellator MMA's lightweight division, a weight class currently championed by double champ Patricio "Pitbull"
and includes other top athletes, including brother Patricky "Pitbull
," Sidney Outlaw
, Brent Primus
, Benson Henderson, Goiti Yamauchi
and Chris Gonalez
, amongst others.
Please visit Bellator.com
for additional information.
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Bellator is a leading global mixed martial arts and kickboxing organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator events take place in major cities worldwide and can be seen on television in over 160 countries to an available audience of over one billion people. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on both CBS Sports Network and DAZN, the world's first truly dedicated LIVE sports streaming service. Bellator is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations. Bellator is based in Hollywood, Calif. and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world's premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.