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We’re predicting this Russian will be running the UFC middleweight division by the end of 2014

We’re predicting this Russian will be running the UFC middleweight division by the end of 2014

So far we’re 100% accurate in our picks of ‘Russian fighters we need to hype up before they hit big.’ Back in 2010, we told you about Alexander Shlemenko that had the power to back fist both time and space. Since then, he’s gone 13-1 in his MMA career with his only defeat being a unanimous decision against Hector Lombard for the Bellator middleweight title. Now, he’s the Bellator middleweight champion — so that fight is somewhat rendered void. Then we told you about Alexander Volkov — now he’s the Bellator heavyweight champion. A few weeks later, we informed you of a guy from RusFighters, Andrey Koreshkov. After mowing through the welterweight division, he’s next to face Ben Askren for the welterweight title.

If, in some freakish circumstance, the UFC would like to hop on our insanely-accurate predictions of future Russian fighters, perhaps they should pick-up on another Russian import: Muslim Salihov.[list class=”bullet-1″]

  • Muslim Salihov is from Dagestan, a region known for producing Russians iron-fisted Russians like Shahbulat Shamhalaev, Magomedrasul “Frodo” Khasbulaev, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Ruslan Magamedov, and the fighter with the nuttiest Twitter handle in the world, Rustam Khabilov (@89289474444).
  • He is a Sanda/Sanchau, Wushu , K-1 rules champion — now he’s looking to become an MMA champion.
  • Massive fan of Cung Le, desperately wants to be a representative of Sanda in MMA.
  • Believes that he was put on Earth to fight — there is nothing left for him to do on this planet.
  • His spinning back kick has broken nine ribs of six opponents. Yes, that means he literally broke the same guy’s rib more than once.
  • Claims he could fight at weltweight, but he enjoys eating and will fight MMA at 185 lbs.
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    Apparently Muslim Salihov has a fight coming up in M-1 Global (although we’re not sure when). Phuket Top Team created this highlight reel of Salihov which I’m sure you want to see. There, now you can be an MMA hipster and talk about Muslim Salihov at your friend’s party this weekend.

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