Muhammad Mokaev, a refugee on his way to MMA glory, talks about joining the UFC and motivating the next generation

Muhammad Mokaev

Muhammad Mokaev isn’t your average mixed martial arts fighter.

The 21-year-old, Muhammad Mokaev, who recently signed with the UFC, came to the UK as a refugee when he was 12 years old and has fought his way up the ranks both inside and outside the cage.

With a 5-0 record, ‘The Punisher,’ who was born in Dagestan, has established himself as one of Dana White’s most promising fighters. And he could make his London debut in March.

“I’m in a nice mood.” There are much too many texts and social media interactions. But I continue to practise every morning and night. “It doesn’t get me distracted,” he said of his new UFC contract to Sky Sports.

“People have remarked that this excitement has been around for a long time, dating back to my debut. Of course, it grew gradually, and there were so many messages like this even when I won world championships.

“I’d become accustomed to it. This is hardly the pinnacle of my accomplishments. The UFC belt is my crowning achievement. I’m still pursuing my dream at the moment. It’s not enough to simply sign with the UFC. I’m responsible for delivering the results.

“I’ve known since I was a child…

I had a feeling I’d make it. But being there, [enjoying] all the excitement, and then getting beaten isn’t enough. I’d like to make a point.

“I want to demonstrate to the younger generation that you can do great things without a lot of help. It’s all because of your hard work.”

A traumatic upbringing, he claims, has reinforced his mental resolve.

“That, I believe, has strengthened my mental fortitude. There will be no competition. Of course, competition has made me stronger physically, but I believe it has also made me mentally stronger, as it has taught me to keep calm and humble “He sketched out his plan.

“Even at the bottom of life, you can rise to the top.

“That’s what I’d like to demonstrate; at some point in 2015, I wondered, “What am I doing?” Existing? What am I supposed to be doing with my life? What are the advantages of $5 per day? School?

“Even on non-school-uniform days, I didn’t want to go since I didn’t have anything appropriate to wear. It was difficult for me. I went through a lot of ups and downs. My mother died in 2012. There were so many things going on.

“I want to show people that you can come to the country and do anything without knowing the language!”

And now that he has made the United Kingdom his home, he is proud to fly the flag:

“Because my life has altered [here], I shall raise the British flag.

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