here is a photo on Werdum instagram of him and chechen leader Ramzan Kadryov. If you do not know he is the war lord ruler of Chechnya and has a pretty brutal human rights record. In the past A list celebs such as Sandra Bullock have been shamed for performing at his parties for millions of dollars. Is this a risky move for Werdum/ the UFC in general to be associating with a warlord when the general public still views MMA with suspicion? EDIT: Adding some info on Kadryov because apparently sherdog doesn't follow eurasian politics. I think he is a warlord because he defeated the Chechen insurgents for putin with his own personal army. I believe people call them Kadryovites or something along those lines. They are loyal only to him and have no offical position in either the Russian state or chechen republic. He also taxes all Chechens an additional 20% on their wages, which is "donated" to a "philanthropic" foundation named after his father who was originally a chechen insurgent during the first chechen war. This foundation is thought to support his extremely lavish life style. He has also been accused of ordering assassinations inside and outside of Russia including vienna. He essentially built his own castle with a zoo and everything. A documentary I watched made him seem more pablo escobar than legit politician. He also maintains several off the books prisons, including a dungeon in his personal residence. People routinely disappear in chechnya as well. He has created a cult of personality using instagram and traditional soviet tactics such as large images of himself in every public space. He also loves boxing and MMA and is often photographed during boxing practice.