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UFC Fighter Has Contract Terminated After Disastrous Debut On Fight Island

UFC Fighter Has Contract Terminated After Disastrous Debut On Fight Island

Roman Bogatov has had his contract with the UFC terminated after just fight in the promotion.

The Russian lightweight made his UFC debut at UFC 251 on Fight Island last month after an impressive 10-fight win streak in his professional career.

But he suffered a first loss against Leonardo Santos in Abu Dhabi after being deducted two points by referee Marc Goddard due to multiple illegal blows in the same round.

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There were three separate instances of Bogatov hitting Santos with foul shots, including knee strikes below the belt right to his groin and then a knee to the face while his opponent was on one knee up against the cage.

"Woah... What are you doing?" the official shouted, before saying, "How many times?"

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Following the points deduction, which came after two warnings, the bout was scored 29-26 in favour of Brazilian Santos by all three judges - though clearly Bogatov could have quite easily been disqualified.

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UFC president Dana White previously denied reports that Bogatov was released but the fighter, along with his manager, Sayat Abdrakhmanov, have confirmed the termination was in relation to the low blows displayed inside the Octagon.

"Yes, they told me today they had terminated the contract," Bogatov told TASS as per RT.

Prior to signing with UFC, Bogatov was in fine form competing for M-1 Global - winning all eight of his fights in his native Russia.

Topics: UFC News, MMA News, UFC, MMA

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