Browser portal Bloody Elbow’s Karim Zidan expressed concern about the relationship of the ultimate fighting championship (UFC) with the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov on the background of the murder of the blogger Imran Aliyev Foundation in France. The note is available on the website of the American portal.
Zidane has described Aliyev as “a criticism of Kadyrov”. The author of the article stressed that the involvement of Chechen leader or his entourage to the murder of the blogger is not installed. However, according to Zidane, the incident recalled a number of killings and raised the question of the appropriateness of maintaining relations with the Chechen leader from the UFC. According to American journalist, promotion is one of the few organizations which works with Kadyrov.
Zidane recalled that the first communication with Kadyrov started a former UFC champion, the Brazilian Fabricio Werdum. In 2015, the athlete has announced the signing of a cooperation agreement with the fight club “Ahmad”. The author also quoted the then Vice-President for public relations of UFC Dave Scholer, who stressed that the fighters of the organization are as individuals. In this functionary remarked that they should remember that their actions reflect on the reputation of the UFC and the sport in General.
Kadyrov has repeatedly been a guest on UFC tournaments. So, in September of 2019, he visited 242 UFC in Abu Dhabi, where in the main fight of the evening celebrated the victory of the Russian champion organization Khabib Nurmagomedov. The head of Chechnya attended the first UFC tournament in Russia in the autumn of 2018.
Zidane specializiruetsya on investigations in MMA. He became widely known thanks to publications Manager Nurmagomedov, Ali Abdel-Aziza.