Who Is Hasbulla and What Is His Relationship With Khabib Nurmagomedov and Islam Makhachev?

Published 10/30/2021, 3:23 PM EDT


Hasbulla Magomedov has caused a stir in the MMA world when he showed his support for a fellow Dagestani fighter, Islam Makhachev, ahead of his battle against Dan Hooker at the highly anticipated UFC 267. The internet sensation is diagnosed with a condition called dwarfism, which causes him to appear as though he is still a toddler. He is, in fact, an adult.

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Hasbulla got popular after a video of him picking a fight with Abdu Rozik went viral (another person who was diagnosed with dwarfism). The Russian online sensation is an avid MMA enthusiast. He frequently imitates that MMA legend, and a fellow Dagestani native, Khabib Nurmagomedov in his videos.

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Islam Makhachev is one of the most promising competitors on the UFC roster right now. Since he was a child, the Dagestani fighter has been training with UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov and his father. Except for Adrian Martins, Makhachev has defeated every fighter he has faced in his career. His lone defeat came by KO. As of October 2021, he is ranked fifth in the UFC’s lightweight division.

BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: Islam Makhachev of Russia celebrates after his knockout victory over Gleison Tibau of Brazil in their lightweight bout during the UFC 220 event at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Is Hasbulla related to Islam Makhachev and Khabib Nurmagomedov?

The answer to this question is no. Hasbulla Magomedov isn’t biologically related to Khabib Nurmagomedov or to Islam Makhachev. But he comes from the same place in Russia as both of the UFC fighters. Hasbulla grew up in Dagestan and the UFC fighter, Islam Makhachev, claimed to have known the internet star for over 10 years.

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Islam Makhachev and Khabib have been spotted with Hasbulla on many social media posts. It appears that they share a good friendship. Hasbulla also often refers to himself as a UFC fighter and fans fondly call him “mini Khabib.” Hasbulla Magomedov is reportedly going to be in attendance at the UFC 267 event, which is held in Abu Dhabi. In a recent interview, Makhachev stated that Hasbulla is most likely going to be there as he is in Dubai.

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Hasbulla is supporting his Dagestani friend and we can expect an appearance from him at UFC 267.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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