Werdum wants ‘dream’ fight against Fedor at inaugural UFC show in Chechnya

Over the past few months, UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum has made his relationship with controversial Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov abundantly clear. Despite Kadyrov's…

By: Karim Zidan | 7 years ago
Werdum wants ‘dream’ fight against Fedor at inaugural UFC show in Chechnya
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Over the past few months, UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum has made his relationship with controversial Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov abundantly clear. Despite Kadyrov’s unsavoury past, the Brazilian champion suggested that the UFC should host an event in Chechnya and feature Werdum against Fedor Emelianenko in the main event.

“I wish that, one day in the near future, Fedor and I can fight in the first UFC in Chechenia,” Werdum said on his Instagram. “I think this would be a glorious inaugural event in Chechenia, and I think the fans would love to see this competition between two legends.”

Werdum made numerous trips to Chechnya over the past year since he became the brand ambassador for the Akhmat MMA promotion. He was even filmed walking with Kadyrov in the palace gardens for a local television show.

“I know that Chechenia has a rich history in combative sports, and I also know that the president of Chechenia is a huge MMA Fan. He has his own team and he passionately invests and supports our sport. I would hope to make this dream come true someday.”

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Karim Zidan
Karim Zidan

Karim Zidan is a investigative reporter and feature writer focusing on the intersection of sports and politics. He has written for BloodyElbow since 2014 and has served as an associate editor since 2016. He also writes for The New York Times and The Guardian. Karim has been invited to speak about his work at numerous universities, including Princeton, and was a panelist at the South by Southwest (SXSW) film festival and the Oslo Freedom Forum. He also participated in the United Nations counter-terrorism conference in 2021. His reporting on Ramzan Kadyrov’s involvement in MMA, much of which was done for Bloody Elbow, has led to numerous award nominations, and was the basis of an award-winning HBO Real Sports documentary.

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