Photo via Mairbek Taisumov's Instagram

After UFC 223 Removal, Mairbek Taisumov Eyeing UFC 224 in Rio

Russian UFC lightweight optimistic about future, despite recent visa struggles.

Mairbek Taisumov’s visa woes continue to haunt him.  This past week, the heavy handed Russian was forced out of his UFC 223 bout against ranked lightweight Evan Dunham due to the same, reoccurring problem.  The 29-year-old is highly regarded as one of the best lightweights in the world, but has only been able to fight twice in the past two and half years.

His removal from the April 7th card begs the question, what is next for “Beckan”?  Attempting to address the situation, Taisumov issued a statement via Instagram on Friday.  “My visa application for the USA is taking longer than my team and the UFC expected,” wrote Taisumov.  “The visa process is still ongoing albeit at a slower pace than anticipated.”

Not getting too discouraged, Taisumov is looking to get into the octagon as soon as possible– potentially at UFC 224 in Brazil this May.  “I am hoping that Sean Shelby will be able to find me a fight in Rio on May 12th and I hope to fight in the USA shortly,” declared Taisumov.

In a classy gesture, Taisumov made sure to give a tip of his cap to the combatant he was supposed face off against.  “Thanks to Evan Dunham who accepted to fight me unlike many others from the Top 15.  Wish you a good fight in Brooklyn and I’m ready to give you a fight either in Rio or once my visa run is done.”

While many are skeptical as to whether or not Mairbek Taisumov will ever fight in the United States, one thing is for sure– the MMA community wants “Beckan” back.  Hopefully for everyone, it will be sooner rather than later.


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