THIS fighter with TWO wives and 12 children will return to the octagon at UFC Vegas 65


THIS fighter with TWO wives and 12 children will return to the octagon at UFC Vegas 65

Zhalgas Zhumagulov fights at UFC Vegas 65 this weekend

Every once in a while, we come across a fighter with so compelling a story, that we get drawn to them instantly, regardless of their fighting ability.

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Arguably, Paddy Pimblett comes to mind – despite all his exploits in the cage, it is his persona that has won him fans all over the world. The fighter in focus this time is Zhalgas Zhumagulov, who fights out of American Top Team, despite being from Kazakhstan.

However, what makes his story interesting is the fact that he is a self-admitting polygamist, with six children from two wives, respectively. Yes, you read that right! The fighter has twelve children, and at the same time, two wives. [H/T TheSun]

Speaking about it on the Let Me Interrupt You podcast, he said, “Yes, I have two wives – two wives and six children. In principle, it’s normal. At first there were challenges but now everything is fine.” One of the most intriguing things, that most people cannot relate to, is him talking about which wife to return to, after a fight. He said, “Well, where did I leave from? If I left, for example, from my second wife, I go to the first. If I left the first, I go to the second. A day here, a day there.

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Zhumagulov returns to action after more than six months out against Charles Johnson at Vegas 65, this weekend.

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A brief recap of Zhalgas Zhumagulov’s UFC career so far

Zhalgas Zhumagulov (R) against Raulian Pavia in 2020.
Zhalgas Zhumagulov (R) against Raulian Pavia in 2020.

Despite the questions over polygamy, Zhumagulov is still a good fighter – although, he has had a mixed run in the UFC so far, his very presence on the roster indicates that he must be a special talent out of Central Asia.

After a successful stint in the Russian promotion FNG, where he also had a win over Tagir Ulanbekov (who is part of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s camp), Zhumagulov made his way to the UFC, to test out his talent against the very best in the world. However, the flyweight division of the UFC is a bit of a tough cookie to crack, and that shows on the Kazakh’s record.

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Zhalgas Zhumagulov's (L) sole win came against Jerome Rivera (R) in 2021
Zhalgas Zhumagulov’s (L) sole win came against Jerome Rivera (R) in 2021

In 2020, he lost his debut fight to Raulian Pavia (most famous for fighting Sean O’Malley) and followed it up with yet another loss, to Amir Albazi the next year, in Abu Dhabi. He finally caught a break against Jerome Rivera at UFC 264 where his win came by way of submission.

The break didn’t last too long, as he lost consecutive fights to Manel Kape and Jeff Molina, thereafter. At present, his record stands at 14-7, and 1-4 in the UFC. That just goes to show the depth of the UFC roster. That being said, Zhalgas Zhumagulov has a chance to revive his career against Charles Johnson this weekend, at UFC Vegas 65.

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