Chechen Dictator Ramzan Kadyrov Slams Dana White Following UFC 282 Split Draw: ‘Has Politics Entered the UFC Ring?’

Ramzan Kadyrov, a Chechen warlord with close ties to many professional fighters, slammed Dana White and the UFC following Saturday night's split draw between Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev

Ramzan Kadyrov
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Ramzan Kadyrov, the controversial Head of the Chechen Republic, called out Dana White and the UFC for playing politics following Saturday night’s UFC 282 main event that ended in a split draw.

Promoted to the main event after former light heavyweight champion Jiri Prochazka was forced to withdraw and vacate due to a shoulder injury, Jan Blachowicz squared off with Magomed Ankalaev to crown a new 205-pound king. After 25 grueling minutes, we went to the judges’ scorecards.

Mike Bell had it 48-47 for Blachowicz while Derek Cleary scored the bout 48-46 for Ankalaev. Sal D’Amato then scored the bout 47-47. With no clear majority, the bout was ruled a split draw leaving the light heavyweight title without a champion.

In a report from Karim Zidan on Twitter, the Chechen dictator was none too happy about his fighter, Magomed Ankalaev, leaving the Octagon without the UFC title wrapped around his waist. In an online message, Ramzan Kadyrov demanded that the UFC President award Ankalaev the belt and apologize for what he believes is a politically motivated slight. 

“Dana White, what happened to you? You were a normal, principled man, and today you took the championship belt out of the ring without handing it to the clear winner. Or has politics entered the UFC ring and requires you to referee dirty? It’s a sport, Dana. Be honest,” Kadyrov wrote.

“Take an example from Mairbek Khasiev (ACA league), who stops any juggling in the league, any bias, demanding objectivity and not mixing sports with politics.Hey, Dana White, where are you going? Save the face of the league, your own face. Admit your mistake, give the belt to the real winner, and apologize for this show. Save your league’s reputation.”

Multiple UFC Fighters Have Ties to the Chechen Warlord Ramzan Kadyrov

Ramzan Kadyrov calling out an individual for doing something allegedly unethical based on their own political agenda is especially ironic for a dictator who has been accused of numerous human rights violations. Actively speaking out against the rights of women and the purging of the LGBTQ community from the Republic, Kadyrov has been frequently accused of being involved in kidnappings, torture, and assassinations.

Despite his deplorable reputation, fighters, particularly Khamzat Chimaev, have maintained a highly publicized relationship with the Chechen warlord. Recently, Kamaru Usman, Justin Gaethje, and Henry Cejudo were guests of Ramzan Kadyrov.

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