Sharaputdin Magomedov, better known as “Shara Bullet, ” will make his highly anticipated UFC debut on October 21st against Bruno Silva. Magomedov is an 11-0 undefeated Dagestani prospect, who almost had his career cut short.
After suffering a severe eye injury early in his career, Magomedov required eight surgeries on his right eye. In essence, he’s got a dead right eye.
There were concerns that Magomedov would not be able to fight again. At the end of all the procedures, the doctors cleared him to compete in MMA. The whole process resulted in a nearly two-year layoff, but since his return in 2021, he has looked nearly unstoppable.
Sharaputdin gave details of the procedures following his eye surgeries in an interview with the Athletistic:
“– Before the operation, I was mainly afraid of an injection in the eye. I watched this video. Very unpleasant. I thought that was the most boring thing ever. And there were such operations when an injection in the eye had to be made, where it was removed, one might say. At this time, local anesthesia is administered, but you feel everything.
– “They gouged out the eye”?
“They pierce it from two or three sides. It seems that a puncture is a camera, and the other two are something to pump, upload something there. I had many different stages, my eyes were tortured specifically.
– What was the doctor’s final recommendation?
– The doctor says: the worst thing that can happen to your eye has already happened. Therefore, you can practice.”
Sharaputdin Magomedov has won 11 straight, including 8 first-round finishes. However many are still skeptical as he has yet to face an elite-level opponent. Most notably, Magomedov beat City Kickboxing’s Blood Diamond in a kickboxing bout in 2019.
If you are skeptical, the good news is, that all your questions will be answered when he enters the octagon on October 21st.
UFC 294 is chalked full of storylines. Figured I’d quickly fill you in on the first UFC fighter with one eye.