When he did find one, he was frequently successful, notching a 7-1 record in promotions like MGL-1, RUFF and Legend FC (where he boasts a win over current UFC standout Kai Kara-France). Then the UFC came calling.

“The UFC was a dream for us,” he says, referring to both himself and the country of Mongolia. Being the first from his nation is clear point of pride for him, and deservedly so.

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“There are quite a few Asian fighters in the UFC, and to be the lone Asian fighter representing Mongolia is a huge responsibility,” he says. For his third time in as many fights, he’ll share the card with Chinese champion Zhang Weili, and Batgerel is certain that the day an Asian male becomes champion is coming soon. Could it be him? String together a few more wins like his last fight and the sky is the limit in a volatile bantamweight landscape.