Chris Weidman explains 2015 visit to Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov: ‘I have no ties to him’

Last month, HBO’s Real Sports landed a rare western-media interview with Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of the Russian republic of Chechnya who also runs an MMA gym and promotion in the country. The interview was chilling, to say the least.

In it, Kadyrov said he would “condone” violence against homosexuals, who he referred to as “devils” and “subhuman.” Kadyrov scoffed at the widespread reports of kidnapping, torturing and murder of gay men in the region by his regime, while also...


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