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Yaroslav Amosov: MMA champion recovers world champion belt from Irpin

Bellator, the MMA promotion company Amosov is signed to, announced last month that the 28-year-old had pulled out of his May 13 title fight against Michael Page because he was “actively defending his home country. “.

In the video, Amosov climbs up a ladder in a house carrying a plastic bag, which he opens to reveal the belt.

“A belt with great history,” he wrote in the caption. “Now I certainly won’t give it away. My mother hid it well and it survived the bombardment.”

In the video, Amosov says he was “getting the belt for the second time”, laughing. “He is in one piece and he is saved,” he adds.

In a separate post on his Instagram profile, Amosov is pictured holding the belt aloft as he is surrounded by a group in military uniform.

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At 26-0, Amosov currently holds the longest active undefeated streak in all of MMA, according to Bellator, and was chasing Khabib Nurmagomedov’s all-time record of 29-0.

“Like the rest of the world, we have been shocked by the tragic events in Ukraine and the thoughts of everyone at Bellator MMA are with Yaroslav and all the people of Ukraine during this time,” said Bellator MMA President Scott. Coker, in a statement.

“We wish him and his family the best and look forward to seeing him return safely to happier times, both inside and outside the Bellator cage.”

In a video posted to his Instagram account last month, Amosov said he “would like to talk about this ‘special operation'”, a reference to the euphemistic description used by Russian officials to describe the invasion of Ukraine by the country.

“You [Russia] don’t save us, we defend ourselves from you,” Amosov added. “Russian troops have come to our territory and say they are ‘saving’. I wonder, who did you save in that particular house?

“And that’s only a small part. Orphanages, civilians are also affected,” he continued as an explosion sounded in the background.

According to local authorities, around 50% of Irpin’s critical infrastructure was destroyed.

Irpin is now fully under Ukrainian control, but some Russian agents remain in the area. Local authorities are organizing search parties for the remaining Russian soldiers.

Julia Presniakova contributed to this report.

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