Yusup Saadulaev to fight at DREAM 17 in Japan

Posted by Matt Giancarlo on September - 9 - 2011 with 1 Comment

It has been nearly two years since Yusup Saadulaev has been in action.  Once known as a Chicagoland up-and-comer, hailing from Dagestan, Russia, Saadulaev has not been in battle since January, 2010 where he defeated Chris Clark at XFO 33 in Chicago, IL.  Yusup Saadulaev gained several fans in the area, and was the talk among many after very impressive victories over the likes of Charles Wilson, Lloyd Carter, and Jared McMahan.

However, Saadulaev found himself back at home in the country of Russia, where he temporarily gave up fighting to pursue coaching.  Running an MMA and Grappling gym in Russia, he found success with coaching students.  It at one point seemed as if he fell off the face of the Earth, with very little contact with anyone in the U.S., until recently when it was made apparent that he would be making his return, and finally get to a big stage.

Yusup Saadulaev will be fighting September 24th in Saitama, Japan, at DREAM 17.  He will be facing off against Brazilian fighter 13-1 bantamweight Rodolfo Marques Diniz, in the DREAM tournament.  The DREAM tournament will also feature the likes of Antonio Banuelos, Abel Collum, and Bibiano Fernandes.

Yusup Saadulaev video of his preparation and interviews for DREAM 17:

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