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Khadzhimurat Gatsalov

Khadzhimurat Gatsalov
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Native nameХаджимурат Солтанович Гацалов
Full nameKhadzhimurat Soltanovich Gatsalov
EthnicityDigor - Ossetian
Born (1982-12-11) 11 December 1982 (age 36)
North Ossetia–Alania, Russia
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight125 kg (276 lb)
96 kg (212 lb)
ClubCSKA Wrestling Club
American Kickboxing Academy (formally)
Coached byVladislav Ceboev (1997-)
Updated on 17 September 2008.

Khadzhimurat Soltanovich Gatsalov (Russian: Хаджимурат Солтанович Гацалов, born December 11, 1982 in Chikola, North Ossetia–Alania) is a Russian wrestler of Ossetian descent.

Olympic Champion 2004, Five Times World Champion.

He won the gold medal in the freestyle 96 kg class in the 2004 Summer Olympics, he beat future UFC Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier in the semi-finals. He won five world medals in the 96 kg class at the FILA Wrestling World Championships. In 2013, he moved up to the 120 kg class and won a gold medal at the FILA Wrestling World Championships. He started his senior level competitive career at 84 kg in 2002 before moving up to 96 kg and 120 kg. Khadzhimurat is a devout Sunni Muslim

In 2014, Gatsalov became Cormier's training partner ahead of Cormier's fight against Jon Jones in UFC 182.[1]


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