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Ramzan Kadyrov: Sons' MMA Kiddie Bouts Make Chechen Leader Proud

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Chechen regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov speaks at his inauguration ceremony in Chechnya's provincial capital Grozny, Russia, on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)

By    |   Thursday, 06 Oct 2016 02:18 PM

Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechnya's leader, faced criticism on Wednesday after his sons participated in televised MMA fights involving kids as young as 8 years old.

Kadyrov’s 10-year-old son, Akhmad, won his fight by way of technical knockout during the so-called exhibition bout, The New York Post noted. Kadyrov’s younger sons, Eli and Adam, also won their fights during which they were encouraged by a crowd of adults.

The set up was much like you see on TV when watching the adult professionals in MMA, as the children each walked into the ring to the sound of background music and were announced the same way that pro fighters are. They were awarded belts for winning their bouts.

The fights were broadcast from the Chechen capital, Grozny, which is usually focused on adult bouts, but switched things up this time around, adding professional commentary and graphics as they introduced the child fighters, the Post noted.

Leading Russian MMA pro Fedor Emelianenko referred to the broadcast fights as “unacceptable” in a statement on his Instagram page.

“What happened at the tournament in Grozny is unacceptable and, moreover, cannot be justified,” he said. “There were little ones, 8 years old, punching each other in front of happy adults. Is it really so important for you to organize a spectacle at the cost of children’s health?!”

According to USA Today, Kadyrov entered his three young sons in the MMA bouts, where the kids wore no helmets and could be seen taking blows to the head during the fights.

Emelianenko said children 12 years old and younger should be forbidden from taking part in any MMA fights, The Post noted. He also added that fighters younger than 21 should be required to wear a helmet and protective gear when fighting.

Chechnya's leader doesn't appear to be moving toward backing his children out of these televised fights or even bear-headed MMA at this point, as he took to his Instagram page to encourage his 10-year-old son's defeated opponent in saying he "showed real masculine character"; and that he's sure "there are victorious fights ahead," the Post noted.

In Russia's most recent parliamentary elections, Kadyrov won after receiving over 98 percent of the votes in Chechnya, USA Today noted.

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Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechnya's leader, faced criticism on Wednesday after his sons participated in televised MMA fights involving kids as young as 8 years old.
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