Hasbullah Magomedov has promised a terrific fight as he prepares to face Tajik opponent Abdu Rozik. Magomedov has threatened to shatter Rozik in their future bout in a recent video that went viral on social media.
Magomedov said, “No worries guys, the time will come. And I will show you one bombic, spectacular fight. I’m going to break Abdu Rozik.”
Magomedov has been dubbed as “Mini Khabib”. He is estimated to be around 18 and suffers from a growth problem. He hails from the Russian territory of Dagestan. Magomedov now has 175,000 followers on Instagram.
Rozik is said to be the same age as Magomedov and has a large social media following. He has 670,000 Instagram followers and is known for his distinct Tajik rap style.
Magomedov and Rozik’s fight has been criticised
Chechen blogger and MMA fighter Askhab Tamaev has been heavily promoting Magomedov’s forthcoming fight with Rozik. While the match has piqued the excitement of fans, it has also been met with some criticism.
Ulyana Podpalnaya, the head of the Russian Dwarf Athletic Association said, “It’s not even like a show fight – they get paid a lot of money and it’s a show to make people laugh. There’s nothing serious about this, this isn’t sport. This is unethical, wrong, from my point of view.
“It seems to me that only on the one hand it can be correct and beautiful – if martial arts among small people are made a Paralympic sport. It could be judo, karate, and people will understand that this is a serious sport, serious performances, and not some kind of laughing show.
“Events like this don’t draw attention to the sport of little people. If interest in this appears, it’s only because a lot of money is being invested in it. And from the point of view of the sports career growth of these guys, there are no prospects.”