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The social media star who took the internet by storm has just signed a five-year deal with the UFC dubbed as being 'worth more than many fighters', according to reports.
Hasbulla Magomedov, who suffers from a form of dwarfism, has become one of the biggest names on social media, with an impressive 3.2 million followers on Instagram and over 2 billion views on TikTok.
From his first 'fight' with Abdu Rozik, who also has a similar growth disorder, the 19-year-old Russian native has continued to rise up the ranks and now, has signed a media deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Combat sports journalist Igor Lazorin took to Instagram to report the 19-year-old's next steps.
Lazorin uploaded a snap of him and Hasbulla, along with the caption: "Hasbulla signed a five year contract with UFC! So far in the plan – attending tournaments, media activity.
"We will not talk about the amounts in detail, but there they are such that many fighters do not get that much. Hasbulla signed 5 year contract with UFC! No fights yet, but…”
The post has since generated lots of anticipation, but the UFC is yet to confirm the reported media deal.
Hasbulla, who hails from Dagestan, has since made some very famous acquaintances over the last few years - including the likes of former UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov - who he calls his brother.
Dubbed as a 'Mini Khabib', Hasbulla and Khabib seem to make quite an interesting friendship, especially after the 19-year-old punched the undefeated champion.
And Khabib isn't the only UFC fighter that Hasbulla has since struck up a relationship with.
A little less friendly and certainly a lot more hostile, the news comes right in the middle of ongoing beef between Hasbulla and UFC star Conor McGregor.
Taking to Twitter, McGregor posted a series of tweets aimed at the internet sensation - all of which have since been deleted.
He tweeted: "I’d love to boot that little g**p Hasbulla over a goal post. How much to get him on the volley?
"I’m gonna make it my mission to score a 3 pointer with him one day, hon the gaa."
What could have been interpreted as light-hearted or banter then took a turn as the MMA fighter dubbed Hasbulla a 'little smelly inbred'.
Hasbulla didn't take much time to snap back at McGregor though, requesting that Dana White, President of the UFC , to 'make it happen, let me eat this chicken' - referring to McGregor.
"I'm hungry, I’ll smash him with my mountain spirit," the 19-year-old added before goading McGregor further: "My brother
Khabib smashed him and all his team, now is my time to rise!"
He ended the response with the hashtags "#HasbullaTime" and "#CantDeleteMyTweetsConor".
Hey uncle @danawhite and @ufc please make it happen, let me eat this chicken @TheNotoriousMMA Im hungry, I’ll smash him with my mountain spirit. My brother @TeamKhabib smashed him and all his team, now is my time to rise!👊🏽 #HasbullaTime #CantDeleteMyTweetsConor pic.twitter.com/VdISS3U1Qm— Crypto Hasbulla NFT (@Hasbulla_NFT) September 8, 2022
Upon getting wind of the McGregor/Hasbulla beef, Dana White sent out a warning to McGregor when speaking on the podcast, My Mom’s Basement.
“Conor better watch himself. If he runs into Hasbulla then he's gonna be in some big trouble!” White warned.
LADbible has reached out to the UFC for comment on Hasbulla's signing.