Midnight Mania! ‘Ukranian McGregor’ Askar Mozharov unceremoniously released after UFC debut loss

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So long Askar Mozharov, we hardly knew ye. Per UFC Roster Watch, “The Ukrainian McGregor” will not be given a second UFC fight after his debut loss to Alonzo Menifield.

It’s not often a fighter is released after a single UFC loss. Typically, even utterly bad performances are granted a bit of leniency and a second opportunity. After all, the famed UFC jitters are a real thing, and many fighters have really turned their careers around after rough starts. What makes Mozharov an exception?

I’m not the UFC matchmaker in charge of managing the roster, but I have to imagine it has something to do with his falsified record. Just days before his UFC debut, Sherdog’s team started really digging into Mozharov’s record. As a result, they found several of Mozharov’s wins occurred at fictional fight events that never happened. In addition, videos of additional defeats were uncovered.

As a result, Mozharov’s official record diminished from a shiny 25-7 to a far more pedestrian 19-12. Then, Menifield stopped him in the first round, so that record now sits at 19-13 … at best.

I wouldn’t expect Mozharov back inside the Octagon barring a very major — and very real — win streak on the regional scene.


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