Rasul Mirzaev, a combat sambo world champion and ex-Bellator signee, has been convicted of 'death by negligence' today in his native Russia, and given the maximum sentence of two years. But due to Russian law and the fact that he has already served so much pre-trial time, he has been released already. Russian news agency RIA Novosti has more:
The incident occured in August 2011 and the trial was repeatedly delayed by disputes over expert medical witnesses. It is common practice in Russian law that each day served in pre-trial custody causes the final sentence to be reduced by two days.
Nineteen-year-old Ivan Agafonov died after Mirzaev hit him with a single punch to the face, causing the student to fall and strike his head on a metal drain cover.
The two had argued after Mirzaev accused Agafonov of insulting his girlfriend. Agafonov’s friends have said he merely shared a joke with Mirzaev’s girlfriend.
The fighter, known as the Black Tiger, originally faced a sentence of up to 15 years before the charges were reduced in January. Mirzaev pled guilty to the lesser charge of causing death by negligence, saying there was no intent to harm Agafonov.
Mirzaev never actually had the chance to fight for Bellator, as this incident happened a few days after he signed. It is unknown if Bellator will continue to pursue him after this. He won the 65 kg. combat sambo division of the World Sambo Championships and was 5-0 in his MMA career. His most recent win was over former Sengoku GP champ Masanori Kanehara in July 2011.