Russia’s Dwarf Athletic Association Concerned By ‘Unethical’ Hasbulla Magomedov Fight
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The Russian Dwarf Athletic Association has branded a potential fight between a social media superstar and singer 'unethical'.
It all started with social media footage of a face off between Hasbullah Magomedov and Abdu Rozik.
Although at this stage it's hypothetical, the fight is expected to be organised by MMA professional Asxab Tameav.
But the head of Russia's Dwarf Athletic Association, Uliana Podpalnaya said the potential fight would be 'unethical', saying it would be a 'laughing show'.
Speaking to gazeta.ru, Podpalnaya said: "It's not even like a show fight - they [Magomedov and Rozik] get paid a lot of money and it's a show to make people laugh.
"There's nothing serious about this, this isn't sport. This is unethical, wrong, from my point of view.
"It seems to be that only on the one hand it can be correct and beautiful - if martial arts among small people are made a Paralympic sport.
"It could be Judo, Karate, and people will understand that this is a serious sport, serious performances, and not some kind of laughing show.
"Events like this don't draw attention to the sport of little people. If interest in this appears, it's only business a lot of money is being invested in it.
"And from the point of view of the sports career growth of these guys, there are no prospects."
You may have noticed the pair showing up on your TikTok feed over the last few weeks.
In case you didn't know Magomedov is known as 'Little Khabib' - a reference to former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The pair seem to know each other as well, with Khabib sharing videos of Magomedov on his social media.
Standing at three feet, four inches, the 18-year-old is thought to have a genetic disorder that stopped him from growing when he was young. He is said to weigh about 16kg.
Although his condition isn't officially confirmed, he is thought to have a form of dwarfism.
Abdu Rozik is a Tajik singer, who is 17.
It's said he had rickets as a child which stunted his growth due to his parents being unable to afford to treat them.