How old is Hasbulla? His age, nationality and condition explained
Hasbulla Magomedov is in Abu Dhabi for UFC 280 after recently signing a lucrative deal with Dana White's promotion.
The social media sensation is in compatriot Islam Makhachev's corner for his UFC lightweight title fight with Charles Oliveira at the Etihad Arena.
“I didn’t know this was coming, but yes we did sign Hasbulla,” UFC president Dana White revealed to Barstool Sports.
“And what he’s going to end up doing remains to be seen.”
But who is Hasbulla and why is he famous?
Hasbulla attracted the attention of the likes of Kanye West and became an overnight cult MMA hero when he recreated a video of one of fellow Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov's UFC weigh-ins, earning the nickname "Mini Khabib". His fight announcement and face-off with rival Abdu Roziq, who sings and raps on YouTube, quickly became one of his most popular videos online.
Here's everything you need to know about Hasbulla.
How old is Hasbulla?
Don't be fooled by the baby-face, Hasbulla is actually 19 years old but suffers from dwarfism, giving him a child-like appearance and voice due to his stunted growth.
Is Hasbulla related to Khabib?
Despite the pair being from the same part of Russia - Dagestan - and Hasbulla being dubbed "Mini Khabib" they're actually not related. They have, however, become best mates since Hasbulla's rise to internet stardom, appearing in a host of TikTok videos together and even butting heads in the Octagon.
What is Hasbulla's condition?
There's no official information on Hasbulla's disease but it's been reported that he has dwarfism, which affects growth and can cause other physical problems, such as bowed legs or an unusually curved spine, according to the NHS. Genes can play a part but it's usually a result of the body not producing enough growth hormone.
It can be caused by over 400 medical conditions, say experts at the Restricted Growth Association, but most sufferers are able to live normal, healthy lives. Five-time Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Simmonds OBE and Tyrion Lannister himself, Peter Dinklage, for example, both have achondroplasia, whose primary feature is dwarfism.
Where is Hasbulla from?
The TikTok star is from Dagestan, which is a republic of Russia in the very south of the country, bordering Azerbaijan and Georgia. It's a country known for producing fighters - whether that's in taekwondo, wrestling, muay thai, boxing or MMA. Khabib is the best-known but he opened the door for several of his compatriots to join him in the UFC, including flyweight Askar Askarov and welterweight Muslim Salikhov.
Featured Image Credit: Image: Hasbulla