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Former UFC champs shoot guns in Chechnya at warlord Kadyrov’s invitation 

Kamaru Usman, Justin Gaethje and Henry Cejudo visited Chechnya this week at the behest of dictator Ramzan Kadyrov.

First ever boxing center to be built in Palestine 

A total of 2,600 square metres of land has been designated for the venue, which is set to be officially opened in 2024.

Fedor: Russian athletes are treated like ‘hostages’ due to bans

The legendary heavyweight fighter appealed to the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) to allow Russian athletes back into international competitions.

WWE returns to a Saudi Arabia at risk of ‘imminent attack’

Karim Zidan delves into the WWE’s latest foray to Saudi Arabia despite human rights concerns and threats of an "imminent attack" from Iran.

UFC champ Islam Makhachev visits Chechen dictator Ramzan Kadyrov

The newly crowned UFC lightweight champion was pictured alongside the Chechen dictator over the weekend.

Kadyrov squashes beef between Chimaev and Team Khabib

The Chechen dictator took to Instagram to proclaim that there are "no problems" between Chimaev and Abubakar Nurmagomedov.

Dariush tells Iranian protesters to ‘find freedom in Jesus Christ’

The UFC lightweight shared his support for Iranian protesters after defeating Mateusz Gamrot at UFC 280 in Abu Dhabi.

Chimaev attends UFC 280 with Kadyrov’s sons

The UFC star was in attendance alongside Kadyrov’s teenage sons who were recently sent to the frontlines in Ukraine.

Fedor Emelianenko’s younger brother volunteers for Ukraine war 

The MMA legend’s younger brother, Ivan, has signed up to serve in Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

Russian MMA champ set for final fight before being drafted in Ukraine war

Vladimir Mineev is scheduled to take part in a kickboxing bout in his native Moscow next month, according to promoter Kamil Gadzhiev.