UFC fighter opens up on being a polygamist with six children and two wives

UFC flyweight Zhalgas Zhumagulov has revealed he is a polygamist and has six children with two different wives.

Zhumagulov – who is from Kazakhstan – was signed to the UFC last year following a successful stint as flyweight champion in Russian promotion Fight Nights Global.

The 33-year-old has lost three of his four UFC fights, recently being knocked out by Manel Kape at UFC Vegas 44 last weekend.

Soviet authorities in Zhumagulov's native country banned polygamy – the practice of having more than one spouse at the same time – over a century ago.

But the practice has been decriminalised in Kazakhstan since 1998 and Zhumagulov said it is "normal".

"Yes, I have two wives – two wives and six children," Zhumagulov told the Let Me Interrupt You YouTube channel.

"In principle, it’s normal, at first there were challenges but now everything is fine."

Describing how his relationship works with his two wives, Zhumagulov said he goes back and forth between spending time with the pair.

"Well, where did I leave from?" he said. "If I left, for example, from my second wife, I go to the first. If I left the first, I go to the second. A day here, a day there."

In other parts of central Asia, the act of polygamy is a criminal offence and carries a maximum prison sentence of two years, whilst the form of marriages are also illegal in the US and UK.

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Having entered the UFC with a record of 13-3, Zhumagulov was touted as one of the top prospects at 125-pounds.

But the Kazakh was outpointed by Raulian Paiva and Amir Albazi in his first two fights, before rebounding with a submission win against Jerome Rivera at UFC 264.

Zhumagulov's recent loss against Kape means he is in desperate need of a win to stand any chance of breaking into the top 15 of his division.

The 33-year-old had picked up wins against current and former UFC veterans before signing being to the promotion, such as Ali Bagautinov, Tyson Nam and Tagir Ulabekov.

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