Russian fighter Gadzhi Omargadzhiev earned a UFC contract by submitting his opponent with a brutal kneebar and some fights found the finish hard to watch
MMA fans were left feeling uneasy after a Russian fighter earned himself a UFC contract with a brutal kneebar submission of his opponent.
Unbeaten prospect Gadzhi Omargadzhiev appeared on the latest edition of Dana White’s Contender Series, facing off against Brazilian Jansey Silva in a middleweight fight.
Omargadzhiev pulled guard at the end of the first round as he latched on to the leg of his opponent with Silva quick to attempt to ground and pound his opponent as the Russian looked to lock in the submission.
But Omargadzhiev took full control of his opponent’s leg, bending it backwards as the Brazilian screamed in pain and tapped out.
Omargadzhiev was awarded a UFC contract for the impressive win and fans were quick to share their thoughts on the submission.
One user on Twitter wrote: “That savage kneebar submission by Omargadzhiev was painful to watch …I love it!”
“My leg hurts watching that replay. Vicious,” another added, while a third wrote: “Filthy kneebar by Omargadzhiev. That looked horrible”
And some even felt nauseous by the submission, as another added: “I’m gonna be sick”.
White awarded five fighters on the event a UFC contract, among those was Afghan fighter Javid Basharat who was called a “terrorist” by his opponent Oron Kahlon.
And White wasted no time in awarding Omargadzhiev a UFC contract after his win, describing the kneebar as “very impressive”.
“Gadzhi, there’s no suspense here. You’re a savage, you’re 13-0, you’re in your prime. Get over here, I mean I don’t even know what else to say,” White said.
“This guy, I’m excited to see more of him. He came and did what he wanted to do tonight, ripped that kneebar. Yeah, very impressive.”
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Omargadzhiev picked up 10 finishes in his 12 wins outside of the UFC, fighting for promotions such as Golden Team Championship and Counterattack in Russia.
And Omargadzhiev revealed he had drilled the kneebar submission with his coach before the fight.
“I’m very happy and very glad I accomplished this goal. This is very important for me. My next goal is start hunting on top in my division,” he said.
“I was ready for all aspects in this fight. My striking was great, grappling, wrestling and as you saw I delivered a great submission.
“We had a little practice [of the kneebar] right before fight with my coach. He did one time, I did one time, and he said ‘yes, you could do that’.
“I’m ready to fight in about a month. I think I have to fight with the best fighters, this is the only way I can grow in my career. I have no specific names, but I would like to challenge the best.”