World Series of Fighting on Wednesday announced that it has signed three top Russian prospects to its growing roster, two of which are undefeated.
WSOF signed Vagab Vagabov (15-0) of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia; Magomed “Gladiator” Bibulatov (9-0) of Grozny, Chechnya, Russia; and Magomed “Tiger” Magomedov (10-1) of Khasavyurt, Dagestan, Russia. Each has signed an exclusive, multi-fight, multi-year agreement to compete under the WSOF banner.
Each fighter’s WSOF debut, which will be announced soon, will also represent his first start in the U.S.
“We are excited to welcome these three fast-climbing, young stars to the WSOF roster and expect them to shake things up in the world of MMA,” said WSOF President, six-time world champion and two-time Hall of Famer Ray Sefo.
“Over the last couple of years,” continued Sefo, “we have seen a tremendous amount of high-caliber talent being unearthed from Russia, and I am proud to say that WSOF has been pro-active and played a significant part in these discoveries, and will continue to search and sign the most promising talent from this part of the world as well as elsewhere around the globe.”
Vagabov, a 29-year-old middleweight (185 pounds), boasts an incredible 74-percent finish rate over the course of his 15 professional fights, with 7 of his wins having come by way of knockout or TKO and 4 of his victories via submission. He is coming off a second-round TKO stoppage of Chris Katanga in Moscow, Russia on April 18.
A 26-year-old flyweight (125 pounds), Bibulatov notched his ninth career win on March 14, scoring a first-round knockout of Eduardo Felipe in Grozny. Bibulatov’s best accolade to date is perhaps his victory of a one-night, eight-man tournament in Lamego, Portugal on Aug. 24, 2013, when he defeated three consecutive opponents, including two by way of first-round submission, to emerge the winner of the single-elimination affair.
Magomedov is a surging bantamweight (135 pounds) who will put a nine-fight winning streak and an outstanding finishing rate of 70 percent on the line when he makes his WSOF debut. In his last start, Magomedov earned a unanimous decision over Paata Robakidze in Astana, Kazakhstan on May 24, 2014.