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Karim Zidan is a investigative reporter and feature writer focusing on the intersection of sports and politics. He has written for BloodyElbow since 2014 and has served as an associate editor since 2016. He also writes for The New York Times and The Guardian. Karim has been invited to speak about his work at numerous universities, including Princeton, and was a panelist at the South by Southwest (SXSW) film festival and the Oslo Freedom Forum. He also participated in the United Nations counter-terrorism conference in 2021. His reporting on Ramzan Kadyrov’s involvement in MMA, much of which was done for Bloody Elbow, has led to numerous award nominations, and was the basis of an award-winning HBO Real Sports documentary.

MMA champ joins Russia’s war; now stationed in occupied Ukraine

Vladimir Mineev is reportedly stationed in the occupied eastern Ukrainian territory of Donetsk, where he is expected to take part in Russia’s ongoing offensive.

Indian wrestling champion accuses federation president with ties to Modi of sexual exploitation 

Vinesh Phogat says she fears for her safety after speaking out against the Wrestling Federation of India President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

World boxing champ Usyk says Putin is doing ‘Hitler’s work’

"You are the Third Reich in all the variety of its manifestations. What Hitler didn’t do, your president continues to do. Can you imagine? Yes."

MMA fighter-turned-mercenary awarded medal from Putin for service in Ukraine 

Hayk Gasparyan, a mercenary for the Wagner Group, was awarded the Order of Courage by Vladimir Putin during a ceremony in January 2023.

MMA fighter who appealed to Kadyrov to help locate missing aunt found dead on train 

Georgiy Gagloev was found dead on a train travelling from Moscow. Reports suggest the death may have been "violent."

Khabib has no plans to pursue political career 

The former UFC champion plans to focus on his non-MMA businesses and spending time with his family.

Report: Saudi Arabia in talks to buy WWE, expand sportswashing empire 

The controversial kingdom’s Public Investment Fund is reportedly interested in purchasing the world’s largest wrestling organization.

Hollywood actors criticize media response to Dana White slapping wife 

"If that had been a brotha, it’d be NONSTOP coverage…"

Khabib Nurmagomedov retires from MMA coaching to ‘spend more time with his family’

The former UFC lightweight champion shared an Instagram post that suggested he was leaving the sport.

Iran executes karate champion amid nationwide protests

Mohammad Mehdi Karami was hanged in Iran after being convicted of killing a Basij paramilitary force member.