One of the most deplorable incidents in Russian MMA history took place in Grozny, Chechnya on Tuesday afternoon.
Chechnya’s strongman ruler Ramzan Kadyrov hosted the latest World Fight Championships of Akhmat (WFCA) event on October 4, a show that featured WSOF flyweight champion Magmoed Bibulatov, former Bellator fighter Magomedrasul ‘Frodo’ Khasbulaev and others. However, in a baffling decision, the unsavory ruler placed his own children in MMA fights on the professional show.
The oldest of Kadyrov’s children, Akhmad, is 11 years old and weighs 30 kilograms. He eventually won his fight by KO. The other two sons, 10 and 9 years old, won unanimous decisions and were awarded miniaturized belts for their efforts while Kadyrov’s henchmen celebrated around them.
The video of the fight is available here.
The entire incident is a reminder of how Kadyrov controls Chechnya like his own personal fiefdom. While children fighting on professional shows is unlikely to be regulated by the Russian MMA Union, Kadyrov does not need such formalities to impose his will. His latest WFCA show came shortly after an alleged assassination attempt on his life.
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