Undefeated mixed martial artist Abdoul “Sinistro” Abdouraguimov, 23, was born in Dagestan, Russia but he spent his childhood in Germany. He and his family eventually relocated to Nantes, France where he got involved in martial arts.
Abdouraguimov adapted to his surroundings and became fluent in French. When he was 16 years old, he started his martial arts training first with freestyle wrestling after his cousin invited him to join a local gym.
Instantly hooked with the sport, the French-Russian fighter showed great composure and talent, traits that follow him to this day. When he was 19 years old, he added Jiu-Jitsu to his training under Beto Ramos, who owns a De La Riva affiliate gym in Nantes, and has never looked back, winning titles in both wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu.
At 21, Abdouraguimov made his MMA debut. While he always dabbled in training other disciplines, such as boxing and kickboxing, his rise through the ranks was surprising, even by his own standards.
“We used to do informal training sessions in the gym in boxing and kickboxing and stuff like that,” Abdouraguimov recalled. “I like all those sports so to mix all of them seemed like a good idea. I always thought to myself that I would like to try MMA one day so when I turned 21, I said to myself, ‘Let’s try this.'”
Currently, Abdouraguimov is signed with Bahrain-based MMA promotion Brave Combat Federation. He is looking forward to earning his 10th professional MMA win.
“I didn’t expect things to happen so fast,” Abdouraguimov said. “Fight after fight, one bigger than the other and now I’m here, fighting for a world title.”
On April 19, 2019, Abdouraguimov will challenge reigning Brave Combat Federation Welterweight Champion Jarrah “The Jordanian Lion” Al-Selawe, 26, of Jordan. They will headline “Brave 23: Pride and Honor,” which will take place at the Martyr Rashid Al-Ziyoud Hall Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan.
“Brave 23: Pride and Honor” marks the undefeated French-Russian MMA fighter’s third Brave CF bout. Here is a clip featuring him and Al-Selawe: