Tragedy Strikes Khabib Nurmagomedov as 20-Year-Old Student of His MMA School in Dagestan, Russia Shot Dead

Published 01/31/2024, 11:55 PM EST

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A young fighter from Dagestan, who was a student of UFC Hall of Famer Khabib Nurmagomedov, was recently shot dead. The incident took place in Dagestan’s capital of Makhachkala, and the culprit is still at large. Dagestan is known to be the home of some of the toughest MMA fighters in the world. With many notable names becoming world champions, including Khabib Nurmagomedov, young fighters aspire to follow in the same footsteps.

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However, the recent incident has shocked the community. Magomedrasul Mutaev, who faced an unfortunate end, was just 20 years old. The reason behind this incident is not known.

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s student had just started professional fighting

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A recent post by ‘Red Corner MMA’ revealed that Magomedrasul Mutaev had passed away after he was shot in Makhachkala. The 20-year-old fighter had only one professional MMA fight back in November 2023. He fought Elgun Yusibov at AMC – Fight Nights 122: Piraev vs. Butorin and won the fight via a unanimous decision.

The post revealed that Mutaev was scheduled to compete in his next fight this month. However, his aspirations have come to an end. The post also had a video that allegedly showed the culprit shooting Mutaev. It is said that 19-year-old Dagestan native Nadyrkhan Kadyrkhanov is the suspect and there is a warrant out for him.

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While the reason behind the action isn’t clear, ‘Global Thinker’ shared on X (formerly Twitter), “At the moment it’s alleged that MMA fighter might have beat up and humiliated the younger guy a few months ago. The 18-year-old waited for Mutaev to come back home at night, as Mutaev was about the reach the door of the house the guy jumped out and shot him 8 times with a gun.”

Further, Igor Sushko, a racecar driver, took to X and mentioned that Mutaev once beat up Kadyrkhanov and hence, the latter took the drastic step. The veracity of these bits of information needs to be checked. However, this wasn’t the first time that an MMA fighter was shot dead in Dagestan. Another similar unfortunate incident took place a few years ago.

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Shamil Abdulmuslimov shot dead over dispute in 2020

The native region of Khabib Nurmagomedov had seen the death of another MMA fighter over three years ago. The incident took place in Khasavyurt where Shamil Abdulmuslimov was shot dead by two gunmen and the culprits were later identified as a father and son duo. Land was the reason behind the shooting, as the father and son started to argue with Abdulmuslimov moments before shooting him dead.

The incident was reported by ‘RT Sport’ and they even released the CCTV footage of the incident as well. Furthermore, shooting down an MMA fighter doesn’t seem to be a novel thing, as another dispute claimed the life of former Bellator fighter Shahbulat Shamhalaev in 2016.

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It is a sad day, not just for the MMA community, but for people around the world to hear the news of such violence. It remains to be seen what comes out of the investigation by the police in the days ahead.

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