According to the founder of the UFC Art Davey, that is Oleg Taktarov should be considered the first champion of the promotion of Russia, and not Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“Oleg was the first UFC champion from Russia,” said Davey in an interview with “Sport-Express”. – “At UFC 6, he won the championship belt. To win this competition, had to beat three different opponents in one night. I respect the fact that Habib is doing now, but he fights once or twice a year. It’s a lot easier. Imagine three fights in one night, and you don’t know who your opponent is until the press conference, which was held the day before the starting Gong. It is unrealistic to even imagine now.
And then we have the rules really was not, was lying to beat than you want, even knees. It was very hard. So Oleg was the first Russian UFC champion, he is not to take away. It will always be with him, and so he should be in the Hall of fame. Speaking of which, I was told this is Dana white, he knows about it. Dana white know about what I think about Oleg Taktarov”.