As reported by MMA Fighting, UFC fighter Mairbek Taisumov continues to struggle to secure a US visa in an issue that dates back more than six months, and unsurprisingly, he’s extremely frustrated with the whole situation.
The 30 year old, who has only fought twice in the last three years, is currently riding a five fight win streak but hasn’t stepped foot inside the octagon since September 2017. He was scheduled to face Evan Dunham back at UFC 223, but was unable to do so due a US visa issue.
My lawyers kept telling me, ‘Hey, Beckan, two more weeks and we’ll get the visa’, but I am still waiting. They promised me they would get this visa, but nothing is happening. I don’t know what is the problem.
I am not a criminal, I haven’t done anything wrong. I’m just a sportsman. I’ve put all of my life into the sport and because of a piece of paper I cannot fight with the best guys in the best promotion. That’s the situation [at the moment], but I hope very soon I will get this visa. I haven’t lost hope to get the title and get the visa.
Taisumov will be making his long awaited return this weekend, as he faces Desmond Green in the UFC’s debut event in Russia.
While he has certainly been inconsistent in terms of how frequently he’s been fighting, fans still believe that Taisumov could become a big player as he goes in search of a title shot.