Fighters from various MMA gyms were among the soldiers who found themselves embroiled in an attempted uprising in Russia.
Fascinating read as always. I read an interesting tidbit that, when the Wagner group were marching on Moscow (this whole thing might just be a big rouse, though) Chechen fighters were sent to guard the city and Putin. If there were a Wagner vs. Kadyrov element in a Russian civil war (again, if the Wagner Rebellion stuff is to be believed) there would be plenty of combat sports tie ins to cover there.
Super interesting, Karin! Shared (many times)
MMA and mercenaries? Why am I not surprised?
Russian commentators have included Wagner founder Dmitri Uykin in their rants about the Convoy for Justice, but not the West. Utkin is a pagan Neo Nazi who, like the Azov , uses this profile to intimidate. Utkin got involved in the spat between Delimkhanov and Prigozhin, and Delimkhanov was then hit, with Kadyrov pleading with Ukraine for information about his comrade before dismissing the hit as fake.( Ibrahimov was involved in an assault on a Russian journalist and her camera man in Melitopol last January. ) Utkin must have authorized the rebellion , and he may even have been playing a double deck of cards ?!
Feels like a common trend among “militias,” aren’t many of the questionably aligned AZOV people also found in dubious MMA circles?
Great work, Karim!