Usman Nurmagomedov earned his first appearance on the Bellator MMA franchise after promotional boss Scott Coker confirmed the undefeated Russian would make his debut with the company on April 2nd.
Usman – cousin of UFC lightweight superstar Khabib – had signed a contract with Bellator back in August but had to wait for his bow to be promoted when the Covid-19 pandemic unfolded.
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Bellator is preparing for a reboot this spring, and light fighter Nurmagomedov will be among the protagonists when he appears on the main Bellator 255 map on April 2nd at Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Arena.
The 23-year-old Nurmagomedov can look back on an 11-0 record in professional MMA and meets the American Mike Hamel, who stands 7-4 overall and lost his Bellator debut against Adam Borics last August.
“Excited for this one,” Coker wrote as he shared the match-up update on Twitter.
As part of the Nurmagomedov clan, Usman trained alongside Khabib and was a student of the UFC star’s late father, Abdulmanap.
He has also worked extensively with Khabib’s American Kickboxing Academy trainer, Javier Mendez.
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Speaking to RT Sport earlier this year, Mendez described Usman as “the most gifted fighter I’ve trained in my entire life”.
“He can do anything. He needs spices, he needs experience and mentality [strength], but he’s by far the most talented and gifted fighter I’ve ever had, ”said Mendez.
Nurmagomedov has got 10 placements in his eleven career wins, with his last four wins coming from TKO in the first two rounds.