One to Watch at UFC 251: Roman Bogatov

Roman Bogatov (10-0) is the M1 Global Lightweight champion from Southern Russia. Born and still fighting out of Orenburg, he travels down to Abu Dhabi to make his anticipated debut on Fight Island.

Bogatov found his fighting style through BOETS FC in his hometown. Although a small outfit, he trains in elite competition with fellow UFC 155er Damir Ismagulov (19-1). The Kazakhstani was the M1 titleholder before he debuted in the octagon. Ismagulov held the belt for two years and four wins then sprang out to a 3-0 record in the UFC. Roman then recaptured the vacant belt in 2018 and brought it back to his family in Orenburg.

Roman Bogatov is a smart takedown artist who uses intuitive grappling and Jiu-Jitsu to find his finishes. Extremely seasoned on the mat, the Russian gets creative to control opponents and uses traps for his signature arm-triangle choke. If you manage to sniff out his favored finish, he flows right into the rare Brabo choke whereby he’s tapped out two opponents.

Roman Bogatov has a tough test with Leonardo Santos (17-4-1) on his hands. The Brazilian hasn’t lost since 2009 and he’s 6-0-1 in the octagon. Both extremely talented on the ground, this intriguing matchup is part of a STACKED prelim card. Bogatov aims for eleven in a row Saturday, July 11, at UFC 251.

Roman Bogatov | 10-0 | 5’9 155 lbs. | Age 29 | Reach N/A | Orthodox Stance | Fighting Out of Orenburg, Russia

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