Tragedy in Dagestan: MMA & Grappling coach killed by a bullet that ricocheted off the ground during group brawl

For international UFC fans, it’s common knowledge that Dagestani athletes are next level dedicated.

The ruthless weather, society and discipline made for so many great combar sports athletes including UFC Hall of famer Khabib Nurmagomedov. Nurmagomedov once ridiculed Nate Diaz for pretending to be a gangster and even laughed off Conor McGregor’s bus attack.

MMA community in Dagestan is mourning a tragedy. President of NFC Grappling and MMA League Vidadi Mardanov was shot dead in Derbent.

Grappling coach Vidadi Mardanov was killed in Derbent. Cover © / Ask Rasul
Grappling coach Vidadi Mardanov was killed in Derbent. Cover © / Ask Rasul

36-year-old was struck down in the early morning February 21st near his house during a mass brawl between residents of Makhachkala and Derbent. The video of the incident was subsequently released by the police.

“According to investigators, during the mass brawl between the residents of Makhachkala and Derbent, one of the participants in the conflict fired several shots from a hunting rifle into the ground. As a result of the ricochet, the bullet hit the victim, a 36-year-old resident of the city of Derbent,” the Investigative Committee informed as per

A 27-year-old man is being held under the suspicion of having committed the crime.

Previously, there was a conflict between the suspect and Mardanov on social media, after which they decided to sort things out there on the street.

The alleged beef is tied to another incident we recently covered, the case of Gadzhi Navruzov. Navruzov recently announced he no longer considered himself Dagestani after repeated criticism after he got a big chest tattoo.

Tattoos are considered sacrilege among Muslims in Dagestan. Navruzov previously got a pagan symbol tattooed on the center of his chest. Many Dagestanis including viral sensation Hasbulla publicly called for him to renounce citizenship as a result.

Navruzov and his pagan tattoo
Navruzov and his pagan tattoo

UFC’s latest Dagestani hot prospect Sharaputdin Magomedov reacted to the tragic  incident saying:

“To be honest, this is a very sad story. I heard it on Instagram. I’m in Thailand and haven’t heard much news. I just arrived from the road and heard the news. I’m not from the village, I don’t know what the situation is like inside.”