Ongoing war puts Russian and Ukrainian fighters in a difficult position

Nine days before Islam Makhachev defeated Charles Oliveira for the lightweight title at UFC 280 in October, he conducted a series of interviews about the fight.

Makhachev answered questions about the upcoming fight with relative ease, including questions about his home in the Russian republic of Dagestan. During a special media call, he was asked his opinion on the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, a war in which Ukrainian MMA fighter Yaroslav Amosov served. Instead of providing insight, he ended the conversation.

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