Khadzhimurat Gatsalov

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Khadzhimurat Gatsalov
Personal information
Native name Хаджимурат Солтанович Гацалов
Full name Khadzhimurat Soltanovich Gatsalov
Nationality Russian
Ethnicity Digor - Ossetian
Born (1982-12-11) 11 December 1982 (age 32)
North Ossetia–Alania, Russia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 120 kg (260 lb)
Country Russia
Sport Wrestling
Event(s) Freestyle wrestling
Club CSKA Moscow
American Kickboxing Academy (formally)
Coached by Vladislav Ceboev (1997-)
Updated on 17 September 2008.

Khadzhimurat Soltanovich Gatsalov (Russian: Хаджимурат Солтанович Гацалов, born December 11, 1982 in Chikola, North Ossetia–Alania) is an Ossetian wrestler who competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

He won the gold medal in the freestyle 96 kg class in the 2004 Summer Olympics, he beat future UFC fighter 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]