UFC Moscow: The New Dagestani Fighter to Look Out for, Ramazan Emeev

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Ramazan Emeev and Alberto Mina Credit: Sherdog.com

Ramazan Emeev has an opportunity to become a key player in the welterweight division at UFC Moscow this weekend.

Dagestan is a region in the south of Russia on the northwest coast of the Caspian Sea. Known for it’s mountainous, rugged terrain, Dagestan has slowly transformed into a factory for producing tough combat sports champions. Since embracing culture of fighting the area has produced amazing fighters like current UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Buvaisar Saitiev, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Mavlet Batirov and many more.

This weekend, among the many Russian fighters competing on the UFC Moscow card will be Dagestan-born Ramazan Emeev. Standing with a record of 18-3, “Goret” will enter the fight on a seven-fight winning streak. In his three-fight UFC run so far he is yet to see a loss. A former M-1 Global middleweight champion, Emeev made his switch to the welterweight division in 2018 and since then has gone 2-0. This weekend he has the opportunity to catapult himself ahead of many when he gets to face Anthony Rocco Martin.

Anthony Rocco Martin might be entering the fight with little momentum on his side, but before losing to Demian Maia in his last fight he was on a four-fight winning streak. He had delivered more or less strong performances and was building his way up to the top. The loss did set him back, but given he had just fought in the main event against a former title challenger, he became a name many began to recognize.

Which is key for Ramazan Emeev. If Emeev defeats Martin this weekend he adds a lot of credibility to his record. As of now Emeev doesn’t really have any standout names on his record. Not for lack of trying; Emeev did have fights booked with Michel Prazeres and Claudio Silva, only to have them fall through. The fight this weekend, however, gives Emeev the opportunity to cover all those misses and rise up as one of the forces in the welterweight division.

UFC Moscow will be live on ESPN+ in the USA, TSN 5 in Canada, and Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD in India on November 9.