According to Swiss News Radio Channel Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, German Muay Thai champion Valdet Gashi is currently in Syria, where it is believed that he has joined the Islamic State (ISIS).
The World Muay Thai champion, who claimed to have been in Thailand training for the last few months, revealed his true intentions in a 90-minute phone interview with the SRF journalists. Gashi confirmed his support of the ISIS ideology and justified his involvement with the terrorist organization.
"I want to do something good and to die while doing it. That is what would make me happy," he said.
Muay Thai champ who joined ISIS addresses 'haters'
Valdet Gashi, who recently joined the Islamic State, had a unique response to haters on social media.
The site also added that Gashi is currently located in the city of Membij, which is located near the Turkish border. However, prior to joining ISIS, he attracted controversy when he travelled to Winterthur, Switzerland to establish the ‘MMA Sunna' gym, which was set up for devout muslims and banned women, music and swearing during training sessions.
Once news was revealed that Gashi had joined ISIS, he provided a Facebook update that requested his friends and family not to judge him without knowing the entire story.
Gashi's family responded to the news of Valdet's travel with criticism, as they explained that his "place is with us - with his children, his wife and his parents." His father even referred to his son's endeavors as "nonsense."
The entire segment can be viewed below (starts at min. 19).