It feels like everybody has forgotten about it but the current health crisis is a tough time for everybody. One of the biggest changes to society has been the increased wearing of face masks. The Russian Federation is one of the worst-hit countries in the world, with regions like Dagestan particularly affected.
To sum up, most businesses require you to wear a face mask when you enter. We’ve seen this at UFC events where all cornermen and media members have to wear them. Meanwhile, fighters also have to wear them. However, not everybody wants to cover their face. Just ask Dana White.
But some people do more than sulk about it. An MMA coach in Russia decided to assault a store worker who refused service to his girlfriend because she wasn’t wearing a face mask. It was definitely a drastic reaction and wasn’t exactly social distancing either.
The incident took place in the village of Sudak in the Crimea. This region is famous because Russia annexed it from Ukraine. Anton Sergeyev, a St. Petersburg-based MMA coach went to a store with his girlfriend. However, the store clerk denied the girlfriend’s service because she wouldn’t follow their safety measures.
You’d think putting a mask on for a few seconds wouldn’t be a big deal, but it turned out to be more than that. The girlfriend verbally abused the woman, who remained silent. But then Sergeyv came into the shop. That’s when things went out of control as he entered full thug mode.
Sergeyev stormed into the store where he proceeded to spit in the clerk’s face. Obviously this is disgusting in normal times, but it’s also potentially deadly in the current situation. But he wasn’t finished there. He got physical with the woman, punching her several times in the face and stomach. This man shouldn’t be allowed to coach.
Reports later confirmed that the victim suffered multiple bruises, a hematoma, rib fractures, and a suspected concussion. “I can’t sleep on my back, it’s impossible to feel sick and breathe, ” the woman said. In January 2020, Sergeyev drove his new BMW into a bus stop. In sum, he’s a lunatic.
The wearing of masks has become a point of contention at UFC events. Dana White point-blank refused and promised to watch the recent Las Vegas fights in his room at the Apex. Furthermore, Justin Gaethje’s coach Trevor Wittman also refused to wear one when he was cornering his fighter.
After Joe Rogan didn’t wear one for his in-octagon interviews, the UFC had to change their style. They are now conducting post-fight interviews via monitors. However, their measures do appear to be working as no fighter has tested positive since events returned.
In short, the world has changed very quickly. It remains to be seen how long the current safety measures stay in place and if we will ever go back to normal. But if you don’t want to wear a mask, don’t punch a store clerk. That isn’t going to help anybody.