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Who is Hasbulla Magomedov? The Social Media Sensation Nicknamed ‘Mini Khabib’

UFC has it all. From McGregor to Jon Jones, Adesanya to Whittaker and Khabib to… Hasbulla Magomedov? You might’ve stumbled on this MMA newbie on TikTok or Instagram. And if case you haven’t, he’s the flash in the pan who’s reeled in over 1 million followers on Instagram since May and has had the fight world yakking ever since. But he’s not your typical cage warrior.

The newbie’s popularity picked up steam via his social media shenanigans, calling out the likes of McGregor, apeing Khabib, and whipping up a side-splitting pre-fight press conference. And despite a spate of criticism surrounding the event, he’s set to square off with fellow fighter Abdu Rozik in the octagon in due time. So forget Poirier vs Mcgregor 3, here’s the real hype to tune in to.

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Who is Hasbulla Magomedov?

Hasbulla Magomedov was born and bred in Makhachkala, Dagestan. He took to social media during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and began posting content to Instagram & TikTok where his notability slowly sprung. Early social media posts showed his hotheaded nature and the high jinks of his life. Later posts saw him sporting fighting gear, routinely boxing, striking & grounding opponents in the gym. And although Hasbulla bears a babyface, childlike features and a high-pitched voice, he is 18 years of age.

In May 2021, his popularity exploded after his pre-fight press conference with popular 17-year-old Tajikistan singer Abdu Rozik. Despite being born with Growth Hormone Deficiency (GHD), aka dwarfism, this has not curbed the charisma and commitment of the fighter to accepting challenges and calling out the likes of former UFC featherweight, lightweight, and current Twitter, champion Connor McGregor. So if you’ve mistaken him for some spoilt youngling when arbitrarily flicking through your Instagram — you’re not alone.

Age: 18 years old
Height: 99 cm/ 3 feet 3 inches
Weight: 16 kg/ 35 Ibs
Condition: Growth Hormone Deficiency (GHD) aka dwarfism

What is Hasbulla Magomedov Famous For?

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Mini Khabib

The Russian social media sensation has made quite a splash in the MMA world and has taken pride in his newfound moniker  ‘Mini Khabib’, which he gained after a video saw him copycatting Khabib Nurmagmadov’s iconic UFC 229 weigh-in. And interestingly, the two are homies. Since Hasbulla hails from Dagestan and has taken up MMA, he’s has struck up a friendship with UFC and the pair have been photographed and featured on one another’s social media. And while the two have a likeness in appearance, they are not of blood relation.

On Habulla’s social media, there are photographs & videos of him with prominent Russian fighters as well as he’s shown to roughhouse with his friends. And after several videos of his escapades and training went viral, Hasbulla blew up in the MMA world. His most popular video is his pre-fight press conference with singer Abdu Rozik, who suffers from the same growth condition and is about the same height as Habulla.

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Since Dagestan has been a steady supplier of formidable MMA fighters, to hop on to the herd mentality, Hasbulla has taken to boxing and mixed martial arts. The miniature fighter’s social media is heavy with videos of him bridging up to peers double his size and taking a jab at the camera.

And due to his camaraderie and go-getting nature, his posts also show him routinely weight training, sparing & ground opponents in the gym — but that’s probably just for show and antics — and the gradual progression of his training techniques, combination strikes and submissions.

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When is the Hasbulla vs Abdu Rozik fight?

Say what you want about their size, this pre-fight press conference, like any major UFC one, was purely a case of testosterone poisoning. From name-calling to cheap shots, barking to physical challenges and personal attacks to exposing one another’s shortcomings. The Hasbulla and Abdu Rozik pre-fight press conference, which was really a sit down in a living room of a humdrum house, is what the fight world is waiting for. Seeing the two pints trade barbs with their squeaky voices most probably had every viewer piss themself and had set fire to the comment section.

According to Chechen Fighter Ashab Tamaev, the pair are set to battle it out in mid-to-late June. But the matchup between two teenagers with dwarfism has been condemned by the Russian Dwarf Athletic Association for being “unethical”.

“It’s not even like a show fight — they 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.” – Head of the association, Uliana Podpalnaya.


Revving Cars

Fans of his Instagram will note, Hasbulla has an exquisite taste in cars. His social media channel is inundated with photos of him flanking and flaunting fresh BMWs & AMGs. Granted that he’s short, he has been shown to steer cars while lapping on the driver, recklessly riding a quad bike in the streets of his community and solely driving a 4WD on beach fronts. But he doesn’t stop there.

Aside from the cars, there are many videos of the daredevil toting 9mm guns and jokingly brandishing knives at his peers. He’s been seen firing an AK-104. With the help of a police officer, he tries to hoist the weapon himself and flops. But with the assistance of a cop, he fires multiple shots from the rifle as though he were a veteran soldier.

Hasbulla Net Worth

Since blowing up on TikTok, there have been many questions surrounding Hasbulla’s net worth. According to reports, his social media status and promotional works, have seen Hasbulla’s net worth swell to over $100,000, however, this cannot be verified. Should the Hasbulla vs Abdu Rozik fight go ahead, you can expect that figure to climb dramatically.

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General FAQs

How old is Hasbulla Magomedov?

Hasbulla was born in 2003. And as of 2021, he is 18 years old.

What condition does Hasbulla have?

Hasbulla has Growth Hormone Deficiency (GHD), also known as dwarfism. This genetic condition stunts growth and is the reason for Hasbulla's childlike features and high-pitched voice.

About the author

About the author

Madi Al Madi

Madi Al Madi is a writer for Man of Many. Pronounced 'Marty', he completed a Bachelor of Communications with a Journalism major at Western Sydney University. The Sydney-based journalist specialises in fashion, sport, cuisine, health, gear, pop culture & taboo. His work has been published in Aussie Gossip, Australian Business News, Beauty News Australia and his blog, The Sydney Tribune.