Last week, the daughter of a “famous heavyweight” was attacked and hospitalized in Moscow. While the report did not name the fighter, BloodyElbow confirmed with multiple sources that it was heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko.
According to the report, the 16-year-old girl (incorrectly labeled as nine years old in the article) was on her way home from school when she was attacked by unnamed assailants and assaulted in the process. She was seemingly kicked in the chest, an attack that left a noticeable bruise on her body. The report added that the girl was transferred to the Research Institute of Children’s Emergency Surgery and Traumatology, where she was diagnosed with “contusion of the chest and abdomen.”
According to the police, who arrived once it became clear that Emelianenko’s daughter had been assaulted, the victim was unwilling to identify the assailants. “Perhaps she is intimidated by those who attacked her?” stated the article.
The incident, which occurred on October 9, coincides with the timing of Fedor’s condemnation of the child MMA fights in Chechnya hosted by Chechen dictator Ramzan Kadyrov.
In a social media post, Fedor explained that “what happened in Grozny is unacceptable & cannot be justified.” His comments prompted an investigation by the Kremlin and the Commissioner for Children’s Rights in the Russian Federation (review to be completed on October 18) but also drew the attention of Kadyrov’s cronies and henchmen in Chechnya.
Fedor’s condemnation of Kadyrov’s event also led to a series of abusive responses from the members of the Akhmat Fight Club, including WSOF flyweight champion Magomed Bibulatov and notorious State Duma member Adam Delimkhanov. Even UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov took aim at Fedor and stood in favor of the child fights in Chechnya.
All comments were later deleted at the request of Kadyrov, who declared on his social media account that Fedor likely “realized his mistake.”
For those interested in more information on Kadyrov and the political implications behind his child MMA stunt, read Karim Zidan’s feature here.
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