By Ollie Brockett
Born in the Republic of Dagestan from where he emigrated to the UK at the age of 12,
Muhammed Mokaev travelled 2736 miles to achieve his dream of signing for the UFC.
On the 17th of November the 21-year-old was named the youngest fighter on the UFC roster. This occurred after UFC president Dana White was impressed with Mokaev’s ‘Khabib like style’ and combined undefeated MMA record of 27-0 at amateur and professional ranks.
In addition, Mokaev stated: “My main dream is to become the youngest UFC champion, then I need to find something to stay there, another goal, maybe I’ll go up to the bantamweight division.”
Within recent years – especially in the UFC – fighters have elected to move up weight divisions, for example Charles Oliveria and Robert Whittaker.
However, when asked why he feels like he can punch a hole within the bantamweight division, Mokaev responded: “I had 16 fights at bantamweight division, I’ve sparred with champion Petr Yan and gave him tough rounds.”
I don’t want to just be there; I want to be a championMokaev showed his ambition when asked why he came to the ufc
Mokaev was full of confidence, even claiming he ‘could beat most bantamweight guys.’
With UFC London been set for March 19th in the new year, Muhammad eyes up a possible
debut against Cody Durden in the UK: “March UFC London. March 19 th . This is what I am preparing for.”