Disturbing reports are coming out of Russia today…
UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor’s fame is undeniable. After a four-year run in the UFC, McGregor has won two titles and experiences a huge global following. Given his notoriety, he also has a lot of ‘haters.’
Usually the hate and negativity causes many arguments with McGregor’s fans on social media. Although on the internet is where this kind of debate usually stays, unfortunately it’s spilled out in to the streets of Russia now.
Rasul Mirzaev Shot, Beaten & Strangled After Argument
Russian MMA fighter Rasul Mirzaev was on a night out with Conor McGregor’s teammate, Artem Lobov recently. Also with the two fighters was UFC flyweight Ali Bagautinov. Sadly their evening in a garage night club nearly ended in the death of Mirzaev.
According to multiple reports online, the three fighters were approached by a group of Dagesthani men. The gang, from the same region as UFC lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov, were keen to discuss Lobov’s training partner, Conor McGregor.
What started as a friendly conversation soon escalated.
While the discussion died down relatively quickly, a fight broke out between Mirzaev and the Dagestanis who confronted Lobov. While security eventually intervened, the wheels had already been set in motion. Within a matter of days, Mirzaev was beaten within an inch of his life in his own apartment.
Shortly following the attack, Mirzaev was rushed to hospital, where he underwent surgery to remove the bullets from his body. He was declared in stable condition thereafter and remains in hospital. Leaked video footage also confirmed that the assailants robbed Mirzaev’s apartment and stole jewelry and cash before fleeing the premise.
Mirzaev (right) after being shot
This is far from Mirzaev’s first nightclub incident. Back in 2011, the MMA fighter got into a fight outside the Garage nightclub and struck 19-year-old student Ivan Agafonov with a single blow that killed him. Mirzaev was convicted for manslaughter after the court officially recognized that Agafonov died several days later in the hospital due to concussion caused by the base of his neck hitting the pavement immediately following the blow. He was released in 2012 after serving 15 months in detention.