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Russian fighter Viacheslav Datsik to resume MMA career after prison release this month

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Former Russian MMA fighter Viacheslav Datsik is expected to be released from prison later this month and wants to resume his MMA career.

The fighter who is renowned for his KO win against Andrei Arlovski in his professional debut in 1999 is set to make an MMA comeback shortly after his release from prison.

According to Viacheslav Datsik's mother, Svetlana, the veteran fighter is interested in a MMA bout once he is released from his six-year imprisonment.

"He's just going to fight," Svetlana told tass.ru. "They (Krasnoyarsk) has a gym that he trains. I do not want to advertise [his opponent] in advance."

The 36-year-old was once considered one of the most diabolical figures in Russian MMA. He competed for the likes of M-1 Global in 1999 and Fight Nights and compiled a lopsided 6-9 professional record. His kickboxing record was a more respectable 6-1 overall.

Datsik was detained in 2007 over a series of armed robberies of phone shops in St. Petersburg. Following an examination of his mental health following his proclamations that he was the son of a Slavic pagan god, it was deemed that Datsik was afflicted with schizophrenia and was not imprisoned. He was transferred to a psychiatric clinic, where he escaped in 2010 by tearing a hole in the fence. Datsik escaped to Norway, where he illegally crossed the border and handed himself in to the authorities for political asylum. He was eventually jailed again for his relations to neo-Nazism. He was extradited back to Russia in 2011 to serve the remainder of his sentence.

Datsik will be released from prison later this month.