The “Lazy King” is able to placed on a “lazy present” for “lazy individuals.”
With a document of 15-1, Abdoul Abdouraguimov is considered by many as probably MMA’s greatest prospect outdoors of a significant promotion, if somebody with 16 skilled fights will be even thought of a prospect.
Born in Dagestan, Abdouraguimov has made it a precedence to develop into fluent in English, lower promos, placed on thrilling fights, end opponents, and show his quirky character. So why isn’t he the UFC?
“That is the actual query,” Abdouraguimov not too long ago instructed MMA Junkie. “Myself, even everybody round me, we don’t know. UFC is a non-public firm. They do what they need. Actually, I don’t know why. Immediately, it’s a enterprise. It’s a must to know some good individuals on this planet to get previous. Immediately, I don’t have this type of connection, these sturdy connections. That’s why with ready. I’m a man, I wish to keep constructive. I’ll do my job and we’ll see if the alternatives are going to come back to us after every struggle. It’s at all times one thing new that comes, so we’ll see. We’re very constructive. Let’s see what occurs.”
🇫🇷Recap #02:Le jeudi 3 février 2022 avait lieu #ARES3:🇫🇷Abdoul Abdouraguimov -🇧🇷Godofredo PepeyLe fight pour le titre à 77kg a tenu ses (courtes) promesses.✅Victoire par soumission à 2:54min de la fin du premier spherical.Bravo @LazyKingMMA qui passe à (14-1) pic.twitter.com/6NT2M4KNJ7
— French MMA (@FrenchMma_) February 7, 2022
In a day and age the place the “new breed” of combined martial artists, fighters who began working towards at a younger age, is spotlighted, Abdouraguimov is a uncommon exception. Whereas he wrestled since 16, he started his MMA fighter path at 21. Inside two weeks, he was a blue belt. He turned professional with none novice bouts.
Abdouraguimov credit a lot of his swift success to an uncommon fighter attribute that earned him his nickname: laziness. Don’t get it twisted, Abdouraguimov places within the work, however solely when he feels prefer it, when it’s vital.
“I’ve a lazy character,” Abdouraguimov mentioned. “It’s lazy however good. I’m able to work. I’m able to work arduous and all these items, but when it isn’t environment friendly, I don’t need it. For me, it should be environment friendly and optimized. I’m smart-lazy. … To be lazy, you’re going to get much less injured. An excessive amount of work is rarely good. An excessive amount of of something is rarely good. I see some novice fighters. They practice greater than me. They practice 4 or 5 occasions a day.”
From Dagestan to Germany to France, Abdouraguimov has been all over the world. That’s why he doesn’t prefer to single out one particular area, location, or group of individuals he represents. However he does perceive the worth in connecting with followers by means of language and character.
Simply try the time he stole the present – from the gang – throughout a possible No. 1 contender struggle for his ARES FC welterweight title.
Throughout this break, Abdoul Abdouraguimov warms up the viewers within the dome 🤣🤣 #ARES9 pic.twitter.com/1ZruDDsTpm
— ARES Preventing Championship (@ares_fighting) November 3, 2022
Multilingual, Abdouraguimov is presently pushed because the face of ARES, a France-based promotion. Already a star amongst followers within the area, Abdouraguimov appeared to many to be a shoo-in for the UFC’s debut in Paris this previous September.
Regardless of a “Submission of the 12 months” candidate triangle in opposition to UFC alum Godofredo Pepey, and a one-sided mauling of Bellator alum Karl Ammosou that led to a physician stoppage, the decision from the UFC by no means got here. Abdouraguimov attended the occasion as a fan as an alternative – all swagged out, in fact.
As he walked the streets of Paris within the hours previous to the occasion, Abdouraguimov had an opportunity encounter with an important participant within the grand scheme of issues, UFC matchmaker Mick Maynard.
“I went to speak with him a bit of bit and he mentioned, ‘Sure, I do know you,’ however he doesn’t have the facility to make (these) selections,” Abdouraguimov mentioned.
Maynard is answerable for the UFC girls’s divisions, in addition to males’s flyweight, middleweight, gentle heavyweight, and heavyweight. Sean Shelby heads the welterweight division’s matchmaking and is the one Abdouraguimov would’ve most popular to run into.
Vous connaissez tous ma propagande acharnée pour Abdoul , vous pensez vraiment que j’allais laisser Mick Maynard 🇺🇸 (recruteur ufc) . Ce baladé tranquillement dans la capitale ? 😂
C’est mal connaitre MMAPropagande 😈.. #ABDOULATUFC Trad en com au cas ou 🤷🏻♂️ pic.twitter.com/uEhDGLQKBV
— MMA PROPAGANDE 👊🇫🇷 (@MMAPropagande) September 4, 2022
Till the UFC alternative comes, nonetheless, Abdouraguimov plans to maintain doing what he’s good at: profitable. In the meantime, his supporters will proceed their marketing campaign of adorning the UFC’s remark sections with crown and koala emojis, an ode to Abdouraguimov’s impromptu upside-down victory celebration.
Le Lazy present 🤸🦥 pic.twitter.com/Jj6NYo6129
— ABDOUL ABDOURAGUIMOV (@LazyKingMMA) February 17, 2022
With 12 finishes in 15 professional appearances, Abdouraguimov has already captured one title and can go for a second division’s strap Jan. 20 at ARES FC 11 vs. Rafal Haratyk (16-4-2). If the decision comes thereafter, Abdouraguimov will nonetheless be prepared.
“It’s apparent I’ll convey the lazy present to the American individuals,” Abdouraguimov mentioned. “I’m the ‘Lazy King’ and I’m making the lazy present. There aren’t many fighters who could make a struggle and who could make a present. I could make each. I can discuss in English. Present me a number of fighters who got here from Dagestan, Russia who can discuss English and who aren’t shy to speak. I’m not shy to speak. I’m not shy to make a present, a efficiency. I’m not shy to struggle, additionally.
“Even in my fights, I don’t know the way it’s going to be completed. I, myself, in one in every of my final fights, was stunned I hit an inverted triangle choke. I had by no means accomplished it in my life. I’m very inventive and you’ll count on the sudden. I’ll placed on a ‘Lazy King’ present.”
Take a look at MMA Junkie’s full interview with “The Lazy King” under: