Russian Oympic gold medalist reportedly announces UFC signing


Khadjimourat Gatsalov, Olympic Gold Medalist and four time world champion in freestyle wrestler has apparently posted on Facebookthat he has  been signed by the UFC, at 185lbs.

Despite an extraordinary background including at 2003 award as the greatest wrestler in Europe, and a reported but uncomfirmed black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the 29 year old Russian has never competed in MMA before.

It is extraordinarily unlikely that the UFC would sign anyone, however gifted, to a contract with zero competitive MMA experience. For example, Karam Ibrahim Gaber, won gold for Egypt in Greco at the 2004 Summer Olympics, but lasted 67 seconds in his one and only MMA match vs. Kazuyuki Fujita, who tried but failed to make the Japanese Olympic wrestling team.

Gatsalov has competed against Strikeforce heavyweight Daniel Cormier at the 2004 Olympics, dominating Cormier winning the match 5-0 (see below).

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Jake88 site profile image  

10/23/11 4:52 PM by Jake88


Yougottawanna site profile image  

10/23/11 2:21 PM by Yougottawanna

This is great news if true, but in the olympics he competed at 96kg, which would make him a LHW not a MW. So it's Jon Jones who should be worried, not Anderson, unless he's lost a lot of weight since then.

Jack Skellington site profile image  

10/23/11 1:45 PM by Jack Skellington

 sounds like a great wrestler but can he fight? 2 different things

GBDazzler site profile image  

10/23/11 12:52 PM by GBDazzler

Gatsalov is Alanian not Chechyan.

GBDazzler site profile image  

10/23/11 12:48 PM by GBDazzler

He tried but failed the medicals.

GBDazzler site profile image  

10/23/11 12:45 PM by GBDazzler

LOL at anyone believing:-A) Gatsalov has and uses facebook.B) Trains bjj in Vladikavkaz(south of russia probably a country away from the closest bjj school) when he wrestles 3 times a day.C) Would fight at 84kg when he hasn't competed at that weight for 7/8 years.D) Would sign with the UFC when the olympics are next year.

CajunPest site profile image  

10/23/11 10:47 AM by CajunPest

I love it when a story is proved false on page 3 but there are 3 more pages of people arguing and complaining

Bry Bry site profile image  

10/23/11 10:04 AM by Bry Bry

is this guy signed or not??i hate wrestlefuckers but watching this type of wrestling talent would be enjoyable..

GageIsLegend site profile image  

10/23/11 9:11 AM by GageIsLegend

Lol how does silvas nuts taste?

Brigham site profile image  

10/23/11 9:06 AM by Brigham

This. Lol @ people thinking a guy with zero fights has a chance against possibly the beat fighter to ever live. Get fucking real