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The toughness of competitors who hail from that region is legendary, and though jiu-jitsu-style submission wrestling is relatively new in the area the competitors often have long backgrounds training in judo or sambo as well as freestyle, Greco-Roman or traditional ethnic forms of wrestling (of which there are many).
Russia, particularly the federal republics of Chechnya and Dagestan, have already produced a number of very skilled competitors, such as Abdurakhman Bilarov, Arbi Muradov and more.
Their mix of jiu-jitsu submissions with an aggressive wrestling mindset marks them out as ferocious competitors. Take a look at the highlight video from the recent UWW Russian Grappling Championship to see what we mean.