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Murat "The Machine" Shokhzodayev

We get the chance to talk with a fighter that although young, has been practicing Jiu Jitsu, learning Sambo and boxing as well from the age of 7. For the past ten years he has been perfecting and building a foundation for his skills that have brought him much success in competitions.

Murat Shokhzodayev from Dayton Ohio has been perfecting his skills in Jiu Jitsu, Sambo, Boxing and now Wrestling! One thing that is clear and proven is his commitment, perseverance and record.

He has been practicing Jiu Jitsu from the age of 7 and boxing since 13. He has been a 2x National Champion, and has aspirations to be internationally known and a great fighter in the UFC. He is training at the UFC in West Chester and has been seen and praised by the likes of Mark Coleman @HammerHouseMMA. Now as a Jiu Jitsu practicioner one of his goals is to gain experience in Brazil, which is where some of the best fighters have come from. His boxing is going to be crisp as well by conditioning with Middleweight Chris Pearson.

For this year he want to work on his Jiu Jitsu and his boxing as well as wrestling and hopes to catch a title in boxing next year, Five Grappling as well to work on his Jiu Jitsu. Some of his inpiration comes from Fedor Emelianenko which he saw when The Emperor beat Brett Rogers. He looks up to Daquan Mays, Chris Pearson and Floyd Mayweather in boxing. Sambo is actually his fathers style which was taught to him as well, (father was a champion in Russia) so the sports run in his blood and family. Fighting is not a sport for him it is a way of life. 

Murat has had his eye on great things, competitions in Abu Dhabi, training in Brazil and Vegas. Now the sports of MMA and Boxing needs to remember that the great champions come from people like Murat. Dedication, pain, blood sweat and tears and the way of life that Murat lives is what will make him the champion he will be. 

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