‘I will retire if US visa issues aren’t resolved’: Mairbek Taisumov opens up after 7th UFC victory

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    Despite enjoying a successful 7-1 UFC run, Russian lightweight Mairbek Taisumov is still struggling to make the promotion’s top-10 list, as he has never performed in the octagon on American soil.

    The 30-year-old native of Grozny in the Chechen Republic entered the UFC in 2014 after a solid record of 20 wins and 4 losses. And, while he visited the United States back in 2011 to fight at the M-1 Challenge event in California, he hasn’t been able to attain a US visa since he started to fight under the UFC banner.

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    Talking to media after his unanimous-decision victory over Desmond Green at UFC Moscow on Saturday, Taisumov could not avoid the visa topic.

    “I want to be a champion. That’s why I am here in the UFC. That’s why I am still fighting,” he said.

    “I need that belt. This is the only thing that I want. If I cannot get that visa – maybe I’m gonna stop, I’m not going to fight, I think. I need a visa to fight in America and get that belt.”

    Talking about his next possible opponent, assuming that he continues fighting, Taisumov called out Kevin Lee.

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    “I want to fight Kevin Lee. Kevin Lee is a ‘Conor wannabe.’ Hey, fight me. You speak all the time, saying bad things about Russia. I am Russian, I am Chechen. Come and let’s fight. Don’t talk, man,” he said.

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