Dagestani internet icon Hasbulla Magomedov has become astronomically viral on the combat sports community at the moment, and his upcoming proposed fight against fellow social media star Abdu Rozik of Tajikistan is a highly discussed topic at the moment.
Nicknamed “Mini Khabib”, Hasbulla became famous among the MMA fans for his hilarious impressions of his fellow Dagestani Khabib Nurmagomedov and is even seen performing various acts on social media, from being a goalkeeper to impersonating Jorge Masvidal and his 5-second flying knee KO of Ben Askren.
On the other hand, Rozik is known as the “world’s smallest singer”, and gained fame for singing Tajik rap songs. Hailing from the village of Gishdarva in the Panjakent district of Tajikistan, Rozik often makes appearances on the YouTube channel Avlod media.
Hasbulla and Rozik suffer from Growth Hormone Deficiency
As Hasbulla and Rozik were not that famous outside Dagestan and Tajikistan until recently, fans were confused about their appearance and despite both of them being 18 years of age, they were often confused for being small kids for having child like features.
The thing is, both Hasbulla and Rozik suffer from a medical condition called ‘Dwarfism’, most commonly caused due to Growth Hormone Deficiency (GHD), which hinders physical development during the growing age.
Furthermore, there are also speculations done by fans that Hasbulla may also suffer from progeria, a genetic condition that causes the body of a child to grow rapidly. It is also known as Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) or the “Benjamin Button disease,” named after the 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
The fight between the two, promoted by Dagestani mixed martial artist Asxab Tamaev, also known as “Russian KGB Hulk”, recently gained much fame on the internet. However, it also drew some controversy, especially from the Dwarf Athletic Association of Russia, which called the bout as “unethical”.
“It’s not even like a show fight — they get paid a lot of money and it’s a show to make people laugh,” Uliana Podpalnaya, the chief of Russia’s Dwarf Athletic Association, told Gazeta.ru, “this is unethical, wrong, from my point of view. It seems to be that only on the one hand it can be correct and beautiful — if martial arts among small people are made a Paralympic sport.“