Magomedrasul “Frodo” Khasbulaev’s Visa Issues Put Career and Bellator Title Shot On Hold

January 21, 2014
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Frodo KhasbulaevFeatherweight Magomedrasul “Frodo” Khasbulaev won the Bellator Season 8 Featherweight Tournament by defeating Mike Richman by unanimous decision on April 3, 2013, but visa issues have since prevented the Russian from entering the U.S.

Bellator has worked in an effort to sort out the visa troubles, but have been unsuccessful. Khasbulaev’s title shot and fighting career have been put on hold.

“Not a good place,” answered Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney when asked where Khasbulaev’s visa issues stand. “When you’re dealing with a government, trying to uncover what is the catalyst behind a guy not being allowed to come into the U.S., they don’t typically email you and give you all the specifics, but we cannot get him into the United States.”

Khasbulaev has fought three times in the U.S., all under the Bellator banner and all in 2013. After being informed that the fighter would be unable to travel to the U.S., Bellator worked to get the 27-year-old into Canada, where’s he’s fought twice before.

“We thought long and hard about getting him into Canada,” said Rebney. “But now there’s questions as to whether we can get him into Canada, so at this point we don’t know. He’s just on hold.”

By winning the Season 8 Tournament, Khasbulaev secured a shot at the Bellator featherweight title. Since his visa troubles, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire won the Season 9 Featherweight Tournament, earning a shot at the belt. While Khasbelaev sits idle, champion Daniel Straus will face Pat Curran for the third time at Bellator 112 in March and Freire will face the winner.

“Look, he won that tournament long before Pitbull or anybody else had won a tournament. The guy just literally can’t get into the U.S. at this point, or Canada. So we’re going to wait and see what happens, keep working with our immigration attorneys to try to get him in,” said Rebney. “When and if he gets the green light, hopefully he does, he’s a wickedly talented fighter, we’ll put him into the mix. But right now, Straus and Curran will go off on March 14, and Pitbull will face the winner.”

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  • DamianCross

    Nooo Mister Frodo! One does not simply walk into Canada…

  • Alex

    Sorry, but after Bjorn announced Attila Vegh injury and Attila himself said that he was 100% ready to defend his title in November – I don’t think this info is reliable.

    It’s obvious that Rebney wants Curran to fight for the title, and not anyone else.

    Don’t trust this crap until you hear these news from Frodo’s camp or manager.

    • Thinking warrior

      oh really then put up reliable info proving that frodo doesn’t have visa issue preventing him from fighting in usa and canada for bellator
      don’t worry I will wait.

      • Alex

        LOL why should I search for the info for someone else?
        If a person makes a certain claim, it’s HIS job to prove it, not someone else’s to prove him wrong. If he cannot, his words ain’t worth s***.

        If the info came from any reliable source, I’d buy it, but Bjorn has already failed with Vegh, and failed miserably.

      • Alex

        LOL why should I search for the info for someone else?
        If a person makes a certain claim, it’s HIS job to prove it, not someone else’s to prove him wrong. If he cannot, his words ain’t worth a dime.

        If the info came from any reliable source, I’d buy it, but Bjorn has already failed with Vegh, and failed miserably

        • Thinking Warrior

          so predictable typical of your kind lol you were the one who made the claim that Bjorn was lying and now like a typical internet fake you can’t even prove that Bjorn is lying.

          • Alex

            You’re funny.
            He has been CAUGHT lying once about the state of his champion, why should anyone trust him THIS TIME?
            After the Vegh incident, he’s just not a reliable source, and needs to bring proof for claims like this.

            I hope you got it this time, seems you have been struggling with the logical thinking ( like all the Zuffa blind haters, actually).

          • shakejunt

            so if you can’t prove someone is lying, then they’re telling the truth?

            your handle is ironic