WSOF 13’s Ozzy Dugulubgov Says Highlight Reel Victory Came After Being KO’d by Headbutt
By Kelsey Mowatt
Ozzy Dugulubgov buzzed the MMA world with his emphatic, KO win over Keon Caldwell at World Series of Fighting 13, but the lightweight also took some heavy shots during the memorable scrap.
In fact, following his third round, stoppage win, Dugulubgov has revealed he too was knocked out at the September 13th event.
“What happened is, in the first round, as we collapsed in the first seconds, he headbutted me and I was knocked out,” Dugulubgov relayed on a recent episode of Full Contact Fighter Radio. “I don’t think anyone even noticed that, but I was on the floor, and my body, the muscle memory, automatically, I don’t know how, my body reacted itself and it grabbed him, but mentally I didn’t know what was happening…”
“Then I opened my eyes and the blood started going in my mouth, it wasn’t coming out my nose, so I had to sit up, blow my nose, to open it up and let the blood come out of it…” Dugulubgov said while recalling the gory details. “After that it was all hell. I had to recover from losing my conscious, come back on my feet, and with God’s will I got the victory.”
Despite the accidental headbutt, the 25 year-old had indeed managed to work his way out of trouble, and back into the fight by the end of round one. In round three, Dugulubgov did his part to produce a viral, highlight reel clip, by blasting Caldwell with a crushing right hook.
“I wasn’t really on the internet too much right now; I try to stay away to relax a little bit after the fight, but it sounds like people are talking about it,” said Dugulubgov, when asked if he’s aware of the attention his latest victory has received.
In addition, the victory returned Dugulubgov to the winner’s circle, after he dropped a split decision loss to Jonathan Nunez at WSOF 9 in March.
“Every fighter, when you ask them, they say every fight is important, which it is actually” noted Dugulubgov, who has gone 3-1 with WSOF to date and holds an overall record of 6-2. “But, this time it was a little more important for me because the fight before with Nunez, one week before the fight I got very sick, and throughout the fight I was going not being in my full conditioning.”
“Unfortunately the fight had to go to the decision, and the decision went to Nunez, but this fight I prepared myself so hard and I tried to watch my health and everything,” furthered Dugulubgov, who was born in the northern regions of Caucasus.
While Dugulubgov emerged with win, it remains to be seen when the lightweight will be ready to fight again.
“I’m not sure, these couple of days my head was a little dizzy,” said Dugulubgov, who spoke to FCF a few days after his victory at WSOF 13. “Honestly the first round I don’t remember what happened…God’s power and the muscle memory, the training I’ve been through at my gym, it pushed me through and in the second round I kind of woke up…”
WSOF 13 was hosted by the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.