It’s Canada vs. Russia at WSOF 26 as Dawodu takes on Magomedov


Hakeem Dawodu LEADIt’s been rumored for a little while now that one of Canada’s top Featherweight prospects “Mean” Hakeem Dawodu would be competing on the World Series of Fighting 26 card. But until now it was unclear if the rumors would come to fruition or just fade away. Sources close to the bout confirmed today that Dawodu was indeed on the card and has an opponent set in fellow undefeated prospect Marat Magomedov.

Hakeem Dawodu enters the bout on an impressive 5-0 start to his MMA career with five straight victories by KO or TKO all of which have come under the World Series of Fighting banner. Despite his young MMA record, Dawodu is no stranger to combat as he sports a 12-0 pro muay thai record as well as a 42-5 amateur record. The Mike Miles Muay Thai and Champion’s Creed product has never shied away from a tough fight as he’s shown so far in his MMA career, consistently taking on more experienced opponents. With a win here Dawodu has a chance to put himself in a good position in the WSOF Welterweight division and position himself for a run towards a title shot.

Marat Magomedov is a relative unknown to North American fans however he is coming out of the Republic of Dagestan, a place that has recently become a hotbed of talented fighters and boasts the likes of Khabib Nurmagomedov, Ruslan Magomedov, Omari Akhmedov, Ali Bagautinov and Rashid Magomedov not to mention countless prospects. The undefeated Magomedov holds 6 of his 7 wins by way of submission and could offer a good test for Dawodu’s grappling skills who has as of yet not needed to delve into that side of his game.



World Series of Fighting 26 goes down December 18 from The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitin in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the main event Featherweight Champion Lance Palmer defends his title against Alexandre Almeida. Also on the card Glory and K1 veteran Tyrone Spong returns to the cage to take on Jake Huen and Ontario’s Josh Hill takes on another undefeated Dagestani prospect Bekbulat Magomedov.

6 Responses to “ It’s Canada vs. Russia at WSOF 26 as Dawodu takes on Magomedov ”

  1. Blackout says:

    Hakeem’s got this.

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  2. EPerez says:

    Hakeem is a an absolute killer, my new favorite Canadian fighter to watch.

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  3. Coach C says:

    Horrible matchup for Hakeem! What a shame to have this kid with such a bright future being mismanagemed.

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  4. Mitchlol says:

    I don’t understand how this is going to be a bad match-up for Hakeem Coach C?. Hakeem is going to smash this dude bad. Marat may be 7-0 but only 2 of his opponents have a win on their record.

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  5. mmafan says:

    Because those kids from dagestan are tough mofo’s, there wrestling is off the charts, its one of the poorest regions in all of russia, they dont even go yo school they start wrestling at like 4. Over there wrestling is like religion, your either a wrestler ora gangster, wrestling is there ticket out of the slums.

    That region of 130,000 ppl have produced 8 olympic gold medalists in the past 4 olympics. (Freestyle wrestling).

    So hes going to try to wrestlefuck Hakeem all night long, hopefully hakeem catches him with a knee on his way in but its going to be a tough fight.

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  6. Hakeem is a true fighter and wants tough fights,would you rather have him languish for years in in the minor leagues and fight bums on the local shows, or get the call to the big show and win or lose hel gain valuable experience and respect. I dont believe once you get the call to the big show you can start demanding to fight the shady yellowbirds or the cody knapps of the mma world. This is reminiscent of when rama was matched up against the very highly decorated ex collegiate wrassler steve mocco, all the naysayers were crying to high heaven about what a bad match up this was for rama, and we all know how that script turned out.
    At the other end of the spectrum if we follow the career of a sheldon wescott who made a career of fighting weak to mediocre opposition and then folded like a cheap lawn chair when faced against an opponent of any significance.

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