Video of Ramzan Kadyrov called out 2 UFC stars after their fight at UFC 280

  • On Saturday, two MMA fighters squared off on the sidelines of the UFC’s showpiece event in Abu Dhabi.
  • Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Khamzat Chimaev seemed to put things right after the surgery.
  • Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov called them both via video, apparently telling them to stop fighting.

mma stars Khamzat Chimaev and Abubakar Nurmagomedov brawled at the edge of the cage after Saturday’s conclusion UFC 280 at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.

Video footage appears to show Chimaev congratulating Nurmagomedov on his team member’s performance after Islam Makhachev won the UFC Lightweight Championship for his second-round submission on Charles Oliveira.

MMA Junkie Reported On Sunday, this animosity between the fighters began last year, with Nurmagomedov furious at comments Chimaev made regarding his cousin Khabib.

Abubakar even told Chimaev to “be careful” at the time, MMA Junkie said.

Things came to a head on Saturday when the two athletes were at cageside for the UFC’s showpiece event in the United Arab Emirates.

The altercation quickly turned physical and security had to restrain Chimaev, before eventually removing him from the area.

The fighters have since patched things up, as Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov video called both fighters and told them to bury their rivalry.

Kadyrov said he ‘personally’ made sure the fighters buried the hatchet

A head and shoulders photo of Ramzan Kadyrov, leader of the Chechen Republic, wearing a baseball cap, February 25, 2022.

The head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov.

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Kadyrov, the leader of the Chechen Republic, is a hugely controversial figure in combat sports, as the 46-year-old owns the Grozny-based MMA company Absolute Championship Akhmat (ACA) and has close ties to athletes from fight in his region.

The US Treasury sanctioned Kadyrov in 2020, citing human rights abuses.

The US Treasury said that the Kadyrovtsywhich is an organization ‘under the leadership of Kadyrov’, committed ‘blatant’ activities which included the ‘abduction, torture and murder of members of the LGBTI population in the Chechen Republic’.

“The Kadyrovtsy are accused of unlawful kidnappings, torture, extrajudicial executions and other abuses, including the detention of journalists and activists,” the statement said.

Kadyrov remains a widespread and influential figure in mixed martial arts, particularly in Russia and the Middle East. He appeared to use that influence recently to rebuild a more positive relationship between Nurmagomedov and Chimaev.

Kadyrov posted a screenshot of his video call on his Instagram account.

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“There is no quarrel between Khamzat Chimaev and Abubakr Nurmagomedov – I personally made sure of it and I pass this information on to the bad guys,” Kadyrov said.

“Don’t blow this issue on a global scale and try to incite and tease athletes and their fans. It happens, including between brothers. But it’s the misunderstanding that has been resolved.

“We were and will be brothers, Inshallah. So don’t write nonsense, don’t take sin into your soul, for every dirty word you will have to answer to the Almighty.”

Abubakar has also publicly stated that he has moved on.

Abubakar Nurmagomedov.

Abubakar Nurmagomedov.

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Abubakar, who won his UFC 280 match against Gadzhi Omargadzhiev, said on his own Instagram account that he moved on from the altercation.

He called the incident a “little deal” with Chimaev, and added that Khabib led a circle of fighters to intervene and also told them to stop bickering.

“Khamzat is my brother in faith and I always wish him health and success. I ask you brothers not to invent gossip and I hope our meeting will be beneficial between our brotherly people.”

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