News, features and investigations focusing on Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.
UFC 294 adds shopping mall sucker punch artist Sharabutdin Magomedov
UFC 294 will feature controversial Russian MMA prospect Sharabutin Magomedov, a year removed from a shocking sucker punch incident.
Child boxing match involving 9-year-olds being promoted in West Virginia
A promotion in West Virginia is hosting a child boxing fight involving nine-year-olds.
That time Ali Abdelaziz tried to kill my first big Kadyrov story
Karim Zidan looks back on some of the threats he faced from Ali Abdelaziz, MMA’s infamous manager.
Karim Zidan Interview with Kid Nate | MMA Tête-À-Tète
Tête-à-tête (French “head-to-head”): noun – a private conversation between two people, usually in an intimate setting. | adjective – involving or happening between two people in private. | adverb – between two people in private.
Kadyrov suspected in boxing champion’s disappearance
Former IBO light-heavyweight champion Umar Salamov disappeared shortly after his most recent boxing bout in September 2022. Kadyrov is likely responsible.
Combat sports in the Russia-Ukraine war
Combat sports has emerged as a tool for recruiting soldiers, platforming wartime propaganda, and as a target of international sanction.
Kamaru Usman and other UFC fighters visited warlord Kadyrov. Now they’re headlining UFC 286
Former UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and former interim lightweight champ Justin Gaethje will be prominently featured at UFC 286 despite potentially violating sanctions.
The UFC can help stop Ramzan Kadyrov’s MMA influence, if it cared to
Despite the recent scandal and mounting government pressure, Ramzan Kadyrov’s influence continues to loom large over the UFC.
All the Champion’s Men: A look at the shady figures linked to UFC champ Khabib Nurmagomedov
Karim Zidan delves into Khabib Nurmagomedov and the concerning cast of characters involved in his illustrious career.