Dagestani Prospect Saygid Izagakhmaev Signs with One Championship

By Tudor Leonte Oct 13, 2021

One Championship continues to expand its roster with top Russian prospects.

On Tuesday, former Ultimate Fighting Championship 155-pound titleholder Khabib Nurmagomedov announced via Instagram that his 27-year-old training partner, Saygid Izagakhmaev, has been signed by One and would make his promotional debut in December. The red-hot prospect is the latest fighter from Dagestan to sign with One, following in the footsteps of former featherweight kingpin Marat Gafurov, Yusup Saadulaev and Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev, among others.

Nurmagomedov wrote, “I want to share news with you guys, my brother @saygid_izagakhmaev has signed a contract with @onechampionship and his next fight will be on December. Thank you so much @yodchatri it would be impossible without you, see you my Friend, it was nice to meet you.”

Former Gorilla Fighting Championship interim 170-pound champion Izagakhmaev (19-2) is currently riding a two-bout winning streak after submitting Paulo Cesar Oliveira and Maxim Butorin, both by rear-naked choke. In 21 fights, only current UFC welterweight Carlston Harris and UFC alum Elias Silverio have managed to defeat the Eagles MMA representative. If Izagakhmaev stays at 170 pounds, he will compete in One’s lightweight division.

At the moment of writing, One Championship has three events scheduled for December. The first is “One X,” followed by “Winter Warriors” and “Legacy,” which will go down on Dec. 5, Dec. 17 and Dec. 31, respectively. Considering that COVID-19 cases are spiking again in Singapore, that schedule might change, but fans can expect Izagakhmaev to debut on one of those cards.

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