Sharaputdin Magomedov is a 27-year-old middleweight with an undefeated record of 10-0. Outside of MMA, he was an Eurasia champion in Burmese boxing, 18-2 in K1, and a Russian muay thai champion.
Magomedov has been in MMA since 2017, but started off fighting in smaller shows in China. In 2019, he captured a victory over current UFC fighter Blood Diamond in kickboxing. It wasn’t until last year when he started scoring highlight-reel knockouts in Russia for AMC Fight Nights that he started to get some notice.
There is no disguise to the style of Magomedov; he’s not gonna be someone to shoot takedowns, but instead will chip away from all angles on the feet. The best thing Magomedov brings to the table is diversity. He literally throws everything in the kitchen at you and throws in different varieties. Magomedov’s hands, knees, legs, elbows; he’s always implanting into his game.
Fluidity is huge for the Russian, as he just blends everything together beautifully. I would say seeing him fight is like using a fighter in the EA games. But nothing or no one does it as smooth as Magomedov, he has excellent dexterity in his legs. He throws a ton of sidekicks, hook kicks, crescent kicks, ax kicks, and wheel kicks. He can throw it all together as well, such as a hook kick to a roundhouse and a sidekick to a hook kick.
Magomedov is strong with both legs and will attack from both sides. He can throw the right head kick to a left head kick so effortlessly with no load up or any telegraph at all.
The beautiful thing about the “Bullet’s” style is he doesn’t need a lot of space to get his shots off. Magomedov is very capable of getting his legs up in tight spaces and creating danger. If that’s just throwing kicks to the body and legs, he will throw ax kicks and one of his favorite kicks, a hook kick. Never repetitive, never telegraphed, never hesitant, he’s always mixing it up using a lot of feints, always quick on his release, and staying volume-heavy.
When fighting Magomedov, the goal is indeed to put him on his back. Easier said than done though, as it’s been a very difficult task for past opponents. On the outside, to start off you’re going to have to deal with the kickboxing. When you’re able to get in close quarters, Magomedov can still get off some explosive strikes.
When they do finally tie up with Magomedov, they find it’s not so easy to get him down. He not only fights wrist and under-hooks well, he’s lethal with his muay thai. Framing off and landing elbows, and the knees especially are fight-ending. Magomedov is in his realm when in the clinch, the way he knees the body then the head, along with the shot placement and his hand positioning is extremely high level.
The 27-year-old may not have that one known name on his record, but he has been beating more established MMA fighters. He beat Bao Yincang in only his second fight, and Bao went on to compete for the PFL. He beat Mikhail Allakhverdian who is probably his best win.
In his most recent win, he moved up to 205 and beat a 47-fight veteran to win a title in Brazil. Someone with ten pro fights in Russia may not seem like a big deal on paper considering how loaded Russia is in talent. But when you look deeper into it, you might realize Sharaputdin Magomedov is a special talent.
Nobody fights like that guy in the UFC, Bellator, PFL, ONE, or anywhere else. Some may have a similar style, but nobody perfects it as he does. Magomedov is one of the most intriguing and exciting prospects out there and shockingly enough is a free agent…