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8 Up-And-Coming Russian MMA Fighters

Russia has always been at the forefront of the mixed martial arts world.

With heavyweight great Fedor Emelianenko still fighting, but past his prime years, another fighter has captured the hearts and minds of the Russian people.

UFC lightweight champion and Dagestan's own Khabib Nurmagomedov has catapulted to superstardom after dominating the ranks, including taking some of the fame from Conor McGregor after defeating the Irishman at UFC 229.

Fighters hailing from Russia are generally known to be stiff competition in combat sports. Notable names include of Vitaly Minakov, Sergei Kharitonov, Alexander Shlemenko, Andrey Koreshkov and Alexander Volkov.

Sherdog has compiled a list of eight names who can possibly be the next mixed martial arts star our of Russia.

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