Salford MMA fighter Muhammad Mokaev is back for his second fight of the year, taking on Georgian Ibragim Navruzov at Brave CF 51: The Future Is Here.
The 20-year-old Mokaev is looking to build upon his professional record of 5-0-0 against Navruzov, who has a record of 5-1-1 and is slightly more experienced aged 27. The fight will be held in Minsk, Belarus.
The Next Dagestani Champion?
Mokaev is part of an talented generation of martial arts fighters specialising in wrestling from Dagestan and Chechnya in Russia along with the likes of Zabit Magomedsharipov, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and Khamzat Chimaev.
The fighter will be looking to build upon his impressive performance against Abdul Hussein in March. A good performance will surely go towards helping him to secure the spot in the UFC that he feels he deserves.
He has stated that he intends to end the year with a record of 9-0-0 and expects to be competing for the UFC belt next year, with dreams of becoming the youngest UFC champion. Jon Jones currently holds the record, winning his first belt at 23.
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Coming to Salford
The fighter trains at Force Fitness in Wigan and the British Wrestling Academy in Salford, close to where he lives.
Mokaev has an intriguing and inspirational story, first coming to the UK as a refugee aged 12. After living in Wigan and first getting into wrestling, he moved to Salford.
In Salford, he could train almost regularly at the Wrestling Academy, where he is still a member of the GB Wrestling Team.
The Home Office
During April, Mokaev made headlines as his wife’s visitors visa was rejected by the Home Office. However, he and many people felt this was an injustice particularly after representing the country’s wrestling team for 9 years.
The decision caused an uproar among friends and fans alike. Although following public pressure, the ruling was finally overturned on April 28 after the evidence was re-examined. At this point, the fighter gracefully thanked the Secretary of State and stated his gratitude.
You can find Muhammad Mokaev on Twitter at @muhammadmokaev
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