Over the past few months, UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum has made his relationship with controversial Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov abundantly clear. Despite Kadyrov's unsavoury past, the Brazilian champion suggested that the UFC should host an event in Chechnya and feature Werdum against Fedor Emelianenko in the main event.
"I wish that, one day in the near future, Fedor and I can fight in the first UFC in Chechenia," Werdum said on his Instagram. "I think this would be a glorious inaugural event in Chechenia, and I think the fans would love to see this competition between two legends."
Werdum made numerous trips to Chechnya over the past year since he became the brand ambassador for the Akhmat MMA promotion. He was even filmed walking with Kadyrov in the palace gardens for a local television show.
"I know that Chechenia has a rich history in combative sports, and I also know that the president of Chechenia is a huge MMA Fan. He has his own team and he passionately invests and supports our sport. I would hope to make this dream come true someday."