the Associated Press published a report which revealed that several people had recently been detained in Russia’s Chechen Republic on suspicion of their sexual orientation. According to the AP, which cited activist Igor Kochetkov, several men and women suspected of being gay have been detained since December 2018. Kochetkov did not state the exact number of detainees, though later reports stated that two detainees died under torture. Of the dozens of Russian fighters currently under contract with the UFC, five happen to represent Kadyrov’s fight club. These include Ruslan Magomedov, Abdul-Kerim Edilov, Magomed Ankalaev, Said Nurmagomedov, and Magomed Bibulatov. Former UFC champion Fabricio Werdum also represents Kadyrov’s team as an “ambassador.” Kadyrov’s continued association with the UFC reflects poorly on the promotion and poses a public relations dilemma that is yet to be addressed. Despite this distressing issue, the UFC appears to be strengthening its links to Kadyrov instead of disassociating from the tyrant. While the UFC took added security measures to ensure the safety of their staff and audience during the UFC Moscow event, the UFC’s silence on its links to Kadyrov, and its continued willingness to a maintain an indirect relationship with the dictator only serves to helps to distract from the crimes committed by his regime. The UFC is yet to respond to a request for comment. https://www.bloodyelbow.com/2019/1/...n-the-ufcs-concerning-links-to-ramzan-kadyrov Amanda Nunes should headline next Russia event.