UFC star Khamzat Chimaev 'choked out' by Chechen warlord and Vladimir Putin pal Ramzan Kadyrov in sparring session

UFC star Khamzat Chimaev 'choked out' by Chechen warlord and Vladimir Putin pal Ramzan Kadyrov in sparring session

May 30, 2022

UFC welterweight Khamzat Chimaev was choked out by Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov during a playful sparring session.

The surging UFC star paid a visit to the Chechen dictator’s Akhmat Fight Club during a recent trip to his homeland.

And the pair took part in a playful sparring session, which began with both men trading blows on the feet.

Chimaev eventually decided to take the spar to the ground but quickly found himself reversed by the MMA mad Kadyrov.

Kaydrov eventually grabbed a hold of Chimaev's neck and forced him to tap to a one-arm guillotine.

The pair returned to their feet and had a brief laugh before resuming their spar – which ended with Kadyrov taking Chimaev's back.


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New fan favourite Chimavev – who rose to prominence in the summer 2020 – also sparred with two of Kadyrov's six sons.

But their respective clashes with Borz appeared to be much more frenzied than their father's.

Kadyrov released footage and images of the sparring sessions on social media with the accompanying caption: "The grandchildren of the First President of the Chechen Republic, Hero of Russia Akhmat-Khadzhi Kadyrov – Adam and Eli Kadyrov met face to face with the thunderstorm of the octagon.

"Despite the fact that this is only a friendly sparring, the ‘Chechen Wolf’ exhausted his rivals in his usual manner, once again proving his skill and composure in the fighting arena.


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“Despite the formidable and eminent opponent, the guys were in no way inferior to Khamzat in skill. As befits the fighters, they analysed the movements and weaknesses of the opponent, after which they proceeded to counter-attacks.

"At the end of the training, I myself could not resist the temptation to test my strength in a friendly duel with our dear brother.”

Chimaev's relationship with Kadyrov has come under scrutiny due to the allegations of kidnapping, assassination and torture of human rights activists and their relatives, critics of his regime in Chechnya and abroad that have been levelled at the 45-year-old.

Kadyrov – who has also been accused of anti-gay purges – also sent a legion of Chechen troops to support Vladimir Putin's illegal invasion of Ukraine.

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Chimaev, 28, was last in action at UFC 274 against former welterweight title challenger Gilbert Burns.

The Russian came out of the thrilling contest victorious via unanimous decision, which catapulted him into the upper echelons of the welterweight division.


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