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Bjorn Rebney Offers Update On Where Magomedrasul Khasbulaev Is
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.07.2014

In an interview with MMA Junkie, Bellator MMA CEO Bjorn Rebney offered a status update on Magomedrasul Khasbulaev (21-5 MMA, 5-0 BMMA), who had a nine fight win streak before he went on hiatus. The fighter is 27, from Dagestani and is a national samba champion. He has been absent ever since he beat Mike Richman over thirteen months ago, thanks to visa issues that kept him in Russia. The INS recently gave Bellator and Khasbulaev permission to resubmit his application, which Bellator has already done.

Rebney said: "We did the due diligence with our investigators just to double and triple check because we usually do a pretty good background check on fighters before we sign them. But there's no history or affiliation with any kind of a foreign group that would be troublesome to the (United States) Immigration and Naturalization Service. (He's got a) wife, kids, solid job, great family. Everything that that kid has would say, why would you not let him in? It's the weirdest thing. It's almost like he inadvertently got on the wrong list and couldn't get off. For the longest time, we had to just sit and bang our head against the wall because they wouldn't even let us resubmit for whatever reason."

Khasbulaev has had 18 stoppages in 21 wins and could fit in nicely with the current featherweight division after Pat Curran got a shot at Daniel Straus and won the belt. Khasbulaev and fellow tournament winner Patricio Freire (Khasbulaev won the season eight featherweight tournament) could be up for a shot. Bellator has allowed Khasbulaev to fight in Russia until his US future is decided, but no fights have been booked. Rebney said the fighter sends video and photos from his training sessions to show he's in fight shape.

Rebney added: "It's a travesty. The kid doesn't have any kind of background at all."


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