MMA fans joked that Hasbulla picked up his first victory inside the octagon after seeing him muck about inside the cage before UFC 280.
The social media superstar, 19, was in attendance at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi on Saturday night to support countryman and pal Islam Makhachev for his lightweight title fight with Charles Oliveira.
Hasbulla – full name Hasbulla Magomedov – managed to get inside the cage before the show kicked off and had a play fight with one of his pals against the fence.
The social media superstar – who suffers from a growth hormone deficiency – repeatedly kneed his downed pal’s body and triumphantly raised his hands after he collapsed to the canvas.
UFC fans were quick to comment on the clip of the viral sensation, with one saying: “The champ.”
Another said: “UFC is not ready.”
And another said: “I’ll bet on Hasbullla my whole paycheck.”
One remarked: “Absolutely no mercy.”
Another chimed in: “Hasbulla starts his UFC career 1-0.”
Hasbulla recently inked a lucrative deal with the UFC – although it’s unknown if he’ll actually step inside the cage.
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Prior to the card, he was presented with a mini replica of a UFC world title – which he took with him to his cageside seat.
The teenager had one of the best seats in the house as his fellow Dagestani Makhachev scored a sensational second-round submission of Oliveira to claim the 155lb title.
An elated Makhachev said: “First, I have to say I always ask God and he always gives me more than I ask. Alhamdulillah.”
He added: “I trained so hard for this moment.
“All my life, when I was a kid, I trained for that moment. I want to say thank you.”
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