Bellator MMA signs Usman Nurmagomedov, cousin of Khabib Nurmagomedov, to multi-fight deal

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Apr 11, 2020

One of the top prospects in mixed martial arts has signed a new deal with Bellator MMA. Usman Nurmagomedov, cousin of undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, has signed an exclusive multi-year, multi-fight deal with the promotion, Bellator MMA announced on Friday.

Khabib shared the news on his Instagram account on Friday morning along with a photo of the cousins together at training.


"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 in a press release confirming the news. "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 is a perfect 11-0 in his professional MMA career, which began in 2017, with only one fight making it to the judges' scorecards. He has finished seven fights by knockout and three by submission, including a current five-fight streak of finishes, culminating in his most recent victory at a September tribute event for Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, Khabib's father and trainer who died earlier this year.

Nurmagomedov is expected to compete in the lightweight division for Bellator, which is among the deepest on the roster. The 155-pound division includes double champion at 145 and 155 Patricio "Pitbull" Friere, his brother Patricky "Pitbull" Freire, Sidney Outlaw, Brent Primus, Benson Henderson, Goiti Yamauchi and Chris Gonzalez. Former champion Michael Chandler recently left the promotion after an extended run to sign with UFC. He'll serve as the backup for Khabib's next title fight against Justin Gaethje.

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I'd rather have 4 quarters than 100 pennies.
Aug 7, 2015
Did they get Brett Johns too...?
This kid handled this perfectly too. At the very least he burned no bridge between himself and the UFC AND managed to go into free agency and see what he can get on the open market! Fuck I wish that more fighters would actually do this.
No matter how good you have it in your current organization you NEED to test the waters to truly determine your market value. That will drive pay up. But until more fighters do this the pay will stay lower than it really needs to in every organization.



get a job hippy
First 100
Jan 15, 2015
As usual bellator picks up a fighter based on the name recognition of a more successful relative hoping to get some of khabibs shine.kinda like how they signed a bunch of gracies just cuz or kimbos son