The World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 23 "Gaethje vs. Palomino 2" card was a chance for Vagab Vagabov to make a big splash on the North American fighting scene. WSOF touted his signing back in May, noting that he hailed from the Russian republic of Dagestan, which MMA fans may recognize for the Nurmagomedov brothers, among others.
The undefeated middleweight was originally scheduled to face Kelvin Tiller, but due to injury, wound up facing Brian Grinnell instead as a late replacement last Friday night (Sept. 18, 2015) at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, on NBCSN.
Maybe he was unhappy about the change of opponent.
Vagabov continued to drill his foe well after referee Al Guinee stepped in and called a halt to the bout via technical knockout at 2:29 of round two, clearly ignoring the stoppage and even prompting WSOF color man Chael Sonnen to call for order inside the cage.
Watch the replay here.
WSOF decided not to wait until the Arizona Boxing & MMA Commission made its ruling, opting to suspend Vagabov for five months and we will see what further penalties may await him from the state's sanctioning body down the line.
For all of his talent, and for WSOF desperately needing more challenges for middleweight champion David Branch, this kind of behavior has to move an otherwise promising fighter to the bottom of the list.
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