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War with Ukraine may stop Russian fighters from competing at UFC London – MMA Root

War with Ukraine may stop Russian fighters from competing at UFC London

As if three years of COVID-19 weren’t hard enough on the world, we now have to deal with a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine.

It seems that a new Cold War has begun between Russia and the West in response, and while that is certainly better than a hot war involving nuclear powers, the far-reaching repercussions of sanctions and restrictions and trade embargoes being lifted they really haven’t changed. it started to take effect yet.

A small example of how this new geopolitical situation will affect everything can be seen with UFC London on March 19, 2022. The long-awaited return of the UFC to the UK was spearheaded by promising British heavyweight prospect Tom Aspinall and Russian Alexander. Volkov. According to MMA Fighting, behind-the-scenes sources have revealed that Volkov may not be able to obtain a visa to fight in the UK.

On Friday, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel announced was canceling the visas of a Belarusian basketball team that would play in the UK, adding: “The UK will not welcome national sports teams from those countries that are complicit in the illegal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by part of Putin”. Belarus has allowed Russian troops to move around the country to attack Ukraine and there are reports that its own troops are engaging in combat operations.

Three other Russians were set to fight at UFC London: Timur Valiev, Shamil Abdurakhimov and Sergei Pavlovich. Valiev will face Jack Shore, while Abdurakhimov and Pavlovich will face each other. The UFC is reportedly “investigating the situation for possible solutions.”

The United States has so far not announced similar visa bans on Russian athletes, but previous sanctions against Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov specifically targeted his Akhmat Fight Club promotion and resulted in many fighters being unable to obtain visas. Americans. So who knows what the future will hold as this unstable situation continues to spiral into further division and restriction.