Former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is moving into the breaking news game. Nurmagomedov on Thursday told MMA Junkie that Bellator has inked PFL and WSOF veteran Islam Mamedov (19-1-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) to a multi-fight deal, a signing Bellator officials subsequently confirmed. Nurmagomedov also said Mamedov is targeting a July debut for the promotion, fighting on the same card as Usman Nurmagomedov, Khabib’s cousin who debuted for Bellator earlier this month. Bellator officials declined to comment on that possibility. Mamedov, unbeaten in his last 19 fights, is a longtime training partner of Nurmagomedov who first fought in the U.S. under the WSOF banner, where he posted a perfect 4-0 mark, including a win over future two-time PFL lightweight champ Natan Schulte.

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