The presence of Ramzan Kadyrov in the front row of a UFC show foreground a disturbing is connected with the Chechen strongman and the MMA promotion
On Saturday 15 September, Ramzan Kadyrov walked into Moscow’s Olimpiyskiy Stadium to watch the evening’s crusades. Dressed in beige jeans and a white-hot t-shirt with a matching coat, the notorious Chechen strongman was surrounded by three of his most loyal cronies– one of whom has been accused of torture and another of planning an homicide– as he made his lane to the front row of the 35,000 -capacity arena. Sat just a few feet away from the cage, Kadyrov and his chums watched the evening’s battles in a totally new determine. Though used to attending motley martial art phenomena on a near-weekly basis in his native Chechnya, this was the first time that Kadyrov was present at a Ultimate Fighting Championship show.
Given Kadyrov’s well-documented human rights abuses- the latest of which includes a deadly crackdown on LGBTQ+ people within Chechnya developing in torture and summary executions – his existence in the front sequence of a UFC event foregrounds a concerning link between the dictator and the world’s largest MMA promotion.
Kadyrov’s decision to attend the UFC’s first ever show in Moscow is due to the presence of Magomed Ankhalaev, a UFC light heavyweight potential from Dagestan who represents Kadyrov through the dictator’s crusade sorority, Akhmat MMA. That night, Ankalaev defeated Marcin Prachnio by head-kick knockout in the opening round. During his post-fight interrogation in the octagon, Ankalaev thanked Kadyrov for his support and finished off with Kadyrov’s now-infamous slogan “Akhmat Sila”( Akhmat Power ).
Founded in 2015, the Akhmat MMA campaign guild consists of an MMA promotion and various course facilities throughout Chechnya and numerous other post-Soviet commonwealths. The oppose golf-club is sponsored by Kadyrov himself through his government’s budget and countenances the mention of Kadyrov’s father, Akhmad Kadyrov. Fighters who are signed to the fight club’s official listing are paid monthly allowances that cros medical expenses, develop rates, and jaunt fees. Depending on high levels of success achieved, fighters are also gifted with expensive cars and other pompous goods.
The Akhmat MMA opposed sorority is performed by Abuzayed Vismuradov, a colonel to be one of the stronger humankinds in Chechnya. Known by his nom de guerre’ Patriot ‘, Vismuradov once fought in the Chechen battles against Russia alongside Kadyrov himself, before being elevated to commander of the Chechnya’s Special Forces, the’ Terek’ Chechen SWAT unit, as well as Kadyrov’s private security detail. Kadyrov’s decision to place one of his most influential defence illustrations in charge of his MMA promotion and engage golf-club suggests that the Akhmat fight club is likely an extension of Kadyrov’s own government.
Through Kadyrov’s patronage and assistance, the Akhmat fight club has risen to become one of greater MMA training facilities and advertisements within the Russian Federation. The campaign golf-club has signed various conspicuous boxers from other MMA organizations and has targeted its promotional might and natural resources behind them. Five of these campaigns have moved on to sign with the UFC: Magomed Bibulatov, Abdul-Kerim Edilov, Ruslan Magomedov, Said Nurmagomedov, and Magomed Ankalaev. Four of those fighters remain under contract with the UFC, despite the undeniable link between them and Kadyrov, while Edilov- who reportedly peril an HBO journalist in Chechnya– was reportedly exhausted from his UFC contract in August 2018.
Other UFC battles have established relationships with Kadyrov. For precedent, in 2015 former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum signed a” lucrative” treat to become an ambassador for Kadyrov’s Akhmat MMA contended team. He, very, was gifted an expensive auto for his services to the authoritarian, though has now been deleted the video of the car from social media.