Rasul Magomedov will make his official MMA debut in June under the umbrella of Brave CF. Magomedov is one of very few men to have ever defeated legendary wrestler Kyle Snyder in a freestyle contest.
Magomedov will weigh 205 pounds and take on Mohamed Hisham Baraka (1-0) at Brave CF 72 in Bahrain on June 23, according to officials with the promotion.
Magomedov has won 13 consecutive amateur mixed martial arts fights, winning two IMMAF World Championship titles as a heavyweight in the process.
“My amateur career helped me a lot,” Magomedov told MMA Fighting of his decision to turn pro in 2023. “After hundreds of fights in wrestling and sambo, I didn’t feel the pressure of competition in MMA. I see this happening a lot with fighters who start straight in MMA, so I didn’t have the pressure.”
Magomedov said that combat sambo is “very similar to mixed martial arts, so when I did make my debut in amateur MMA, it wasn’t completely new to me.”
Magomedov scored three knockouts and one submission across 13 amateur MMA bouts.