Hasbulla Magomedov: Who is Hasbulla? Why is the Russian an online sensation? What’s his medical condition?

Hasbulla or ‘Mini Khabib’ became one of the world’s biggest online personalities after he went viral posting videos of himself on TikTok. Here’s everything you need to know about who he is and why he is so famous.

Despite being small in stature, Hasbulla boasts a huge online fan base with three million followers on Instagram.

Recently, Hasbulla made headlines after taking a trip ‘down under’ to Australia as part of his international tour, he said: “I can’t wait to see all my Aussie fans and visit these amazing cities, I come from a tiny town in Russia, so I am looking forward to experiencing a different culture.

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“I also know there are kangaroos, I would like to meet them.”

Hasbulla Magomedov and legendary pro MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov celebrate in the Octagon after a UFC 267 event in the UAE in 2021.
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Even if the name isn’t familiar it’s likely you’ve seen social media starring Hasbulla at some point.

Who is Hasbulla?

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Hasbulla Magomedov, or ‘Mini Khabib’, is from Makhachkala in the republic of Dagestan which is located in the Russian Federation.

He became an online sensation in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic after his videos on TikTok went viral, seeing him become the subject of thousands of memes, posts and tweets.

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The local newspaper based in Scotland published the picture of the Russian social media star in the snow, saying: "Hasbullah, seven, had never experienced snow before last week."

Although not formally affiliated, Hasbulla is widely associated with the international Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) community after one of his most viral videos reenacting a weigh-in of UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov went viral.

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Why is Hasbulla so famous?

Hasbulla has built up over 3 million followers on Instagram since November 2020.

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Last year he went viral on TikTok by building his platform based on mocking MMA (mixed martial arts) content.

He picked up the name ‘Mini Khabib’ after he replicated pro MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov’s iconic weigh-in. The two now regularly create content together.

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Hasbulla suffers from a debilitating condition that makes him abnormally short, yet he embodies confidence and charm which has added to his fame.

He is also a devout Muslim and often shares his love of Islam, which has seen him gain a large Muslim following.

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In Scottish pop culture, Hasbulla can regularly be seen featuring in meme-posting accounts.

In 2022, a Scottish newspaper was pranked by someone submitting a photo of the Russian star after the paper requested snaps from parents of their kids enjoying the snow.

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A user who spotted the picture tweeted: “Our local paper asked for pics of kids enjoying last week's snow and someone's sent in a pic of Hasbulla I'm dead”.

What is Hasbulla’s medical condition?

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Hasbulla’s unusual features like his very short height (around 100cm) are caused by Growth Hormone Deficiency or ‘Dwarfism’.

Growth hormone deficiency (GHD) is a rare condition characterised by the inadequate secretion of growth hormone from the anterior pituitary gland, resulting in abnormally short statures with otherwise normal body proportions.

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Those with this condition can suffer a variety of symptoms including fatigue, anxiety or depression, or intense feelings of being isolated from other people.

Hasbulla, however, is famed for taking the disorder in his stride with great humour and confidence; another reason for his massive popularity.

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How tall is Hasbulla?

Hasbulla is 3 feet and 4 inches according to an interview he did with SportsKeeda, meaning he measures at just over 100cm.

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Dwarfism in adults is defined as a height of 4 feet 10 inches (147cm) or less, while the average height among such adults is 4 feet (122cm).

How old is Hasbulla?

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The young Russian is thought to be around 19 years old as of 2022, but his exact date of birth is unknown.

Many websites state that he was born in 2003.