Las Vegas – Get to know Dana White’s Contender Series 32 fighter Khadzhi “Best” Bestaev.
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NAME: Khadzhi Bestaev
NAME: Khadzhimurat Bestaev
NICKNAME: Khadzhi “Best” Bestaev
WEIGHT CLASS: Middleweight
AGE: 32 years old – 7/16/88
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-6, 185
LEG REACH: 45”
BIRTHPLACE: North Ossetia-Alania
FIGHTING OUT OF: San Jose, CA
LANGUAGES SPOKEN: English, Russian
TRAINER: AKA – Javier Mendez head coach, Ron Keslar BJJ
TRAINING: 4/5am 2 to 3-mile run. 12pm sparring or wrestling at AKA, 7pm conditioning or
PROFESSIONAL MMA RECORD: 10-3
Thoughts on opponent, Phillip Hawes? I don’t know much about him; I heard he is a tough wrestler.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training MMA in 2012. I still don’t know why; maybe to prove to myself I can be as good as all fighters.
What ranks and titles have you held? None
Do you have any heroes? My parents are my heroes.
What would it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It would mean a lot. When I get to UFC I will prove to myself that everything is possible, because I don’t have any martial arts background, and this will be motivation to a million kids that you have to believe in your dreams.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I did in Russia, but I dropped it when I moved to the USA.
What was your job before you started fighting? I was doing some moving and was an Uber driver.
Favorite Striking technique: Kicks, knees, elbows
Twitter account name: @khadzhibest
Facebook account: @khadzhibest
Instagram account: @khadzhibest
OTHER KEY POINTS:
- Pro since 2013
- On two-fight winning streak
- Five wins by KO, five by submission (3 guillotine, RNC, undisclosed submission)
- Nine first round finishes
- Lost 2017 bout to UFC vet Alonzo Menifield
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