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Kadyrov targets UFC president in title fight – RT Sport News

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Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has questioned the integrity of UFC President Dana White after reacting to a controversial draw involving Russian fighter Magomed Ankalaev in the main event of UFC 282 in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Dagestan contender Ankalaev used the wrestling skills his region is famous for to dominate the latter stages of his fight against Polish rival Jan Blachowicz.

Despite this, the light heavyweight title the pair were fighting for remained vacant after the title fight ended in a contentious coin toss – with Blachowicz raising his Russian foe’s hand after the final bell rang and seeming to admit defeat.

Joining other voices such as UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev and heavyweight executive Francis Ngannou, Kadyrov voiced his opinion that Ankalaev clearly should have picked up the win.


In a post on his Telegram account, Kadyrov addressed UFC President White directly.

“Dana White, what happened to you?” Kadyrov asked.

“You were a normal man, with principles, and today you took the championship belt from the ring without handing it over to the undisputed winner.

“Or did politics come into the UFC ring and force you to officiate dirty? It’s a sport, Dana. Be honest.

“Take the example of Mairbek Khasiev (in the ACA league), who stops all league juggling, all bias, demanding objectivity and not mixing sport with politics,” he added. Kadyrov suggested.

“Hey, Dana White, where are you going? Save the championship face, your own face. Admit your mistake, give the real winner the belt, and apologize for the show. Save the reputation of your championship.

Partially responding to White, who called the title fight “terrible,” Blachowicz took to Twitter on Monday to “to reiterate something.”

“First of all, I honestly don’t think the fight was terrible at all. Second, I don’t feel like I’ve won but I don’t feel like I’ve lost either. A draw was fair.” writes the Pole.

“Endline – One guy cried and talked about his supposed injuries, another showed that honor can and still is respected in this game.

“I’m glad the fans see it and appreciate it for what it is,” he added.

Thanks to the coin toss, both Blachowicz and Ankalaev had to join the queue for a shot at the 205-pound crown, which either Glover Teixeira or Jamahal Hill could claim after White immediately ordered a fight between the two for the win. UFC 283 in Brazil next month.

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