In the world of mixed martial arts (MMA), there are many fighters all over the world who are talented, skilled and full of potential, yet, are not too well known to the mainstream media and your casual every day fan.
Such fighters are just waiting for an opportunity to shine and display their skills stateside, where MMA has exploded into the heart of mainstream outlets thanks in large part to the popularity the sport is enjoying at the moment, and is only increasing by the day.
Big time national television deals like the one Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) struck with the FOX network, as well as the Bellator and Spike TV partnership are just a few examples of just how far the reach of MMA has in today's mainstream exposure.
Fighters who are still fighting and clawing their way overseas to one day get the opportunity to strut their stuff on such huge platforms are plenty, and the Chechan-born fighter, Mamed Khalidov, is one of them. One the most talented international fighters they you may not have heard of, Khalidov is inching his way back to the states in hopes of one day earning a shot in the big leagues.
After the jump, we'll take a closer look at Mamed, and see why soon you may be hearing a lot more of this talented middleweight.
Sporting an overall record of 24-4-2, Khalidov, who is the current KSW Light Heavyweight Champion, has competed once before in the US, at ShoXC on Oct., 10, 2008 defeating Jason Guida via technical knockout (TKO), but has otherwise spent his entire career overseas in Poland under the Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki, (KSW) banner and Japan's World Victory Road (WVR).
Now competing in the 185-pound division, Mamed has won his last four bouts, including three consecutive submission victories, in the very first round against the likes of former UFC vets Jesse Taylor, Matt Lindland, James Irvin and international star Yuki Sasaki.
Not wanting to bore his fans and spectators, Khalidov always aims for the early finish, and more often than not, he gets it. In fact, of his 24 victories, 20 of them have not made it past the opening round. His last four wins have barely totaled just over six minutes of ring time for the Polish pugilist.
Having lost only once in his last 24 bouts to Jorge Santiago for the Sengoku middleweight title, Khalidov is truly one of the best 185-pound fighters on the planet and he will look to raise his stock even higher as he takes on yet another former UFC fighter in his next fight.
"Cannibal" will face Rodney Wallace on May 12 at KSW 19 from Lodz, Poland, as he looks for his fifth consecutive win. Wallace, who has not seen action since April of last year, when he defeated Cale Yarbrough at Scrap Live 7, lost his three fights in the UFC.
The 31 year-old Khalidov states he is currently comfortable fighting in front of his home crowds in Poland, and doesn't feel there is reason to leave a great promotion such as KSW and bolt for the United States of America (USA). However, should Zuffa come knocking at his door with an offer that he can't refuse, don't be surprised if you see the Pole fighting under the Strikeforce or UFC umbrella, sooner rather than later.
Here's a look at the trailer for the upcoming KSW 19 event for May 12, 2012, in Lodz, Poland:
For more on KSW 19 click here.