MMA fighter ‘choked to sleep’ on sofa during wild pre-fight interview

An MMA pre-fight interview descended into chaos when a fighter randomly choked out an opponent who fell unconscious.

The incident happened in Russian promotion Hardcore Fighting Championship last year and saw native Zalimkhan Yusupov, who represented his country at the London 2012 Olympic Games, sneak up on an unsuspecting rival.

The pair were sat next to each other on a sofa during a chat between nine stars, but the victim was distracted at the time and blindsided by Yusupov. He couldn't escape the choke hold and by the time security guards intervened, he'd been put to sleep.

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One of the hosts pleaded: "Zalik, don't choke him. What the hell are you doing? Why are you doing this? Why? You've already been kicked out once."

After Yusupov had been dragged away by his hands and legs, the host continued: "What are you doing? Does it take a lot of brains? Zalik you have already been removed once for this same act."

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Yusupov later explained he choked him out so he'd "talk less", but fight fans were still left baffled by the shocking clip. One replied: "I’m missing something here…"

Another asked: "What? Why? I don't understand what provoked him to do that…" A third echoed: "Damn why he do that." And a fourth joked: "He hadda say something about his mom."

As alluded to, Yusupov has previous for getting into trouble outside of the cage. Back in March 2022 he tried to choke another fighter out backstage at a press conference, but on that occasion failed to do so.

And just last month he saw a bizarre attempt to intimidate a fellow fighter backfire. 'The Submission King' tried to do a handstand on a table and failed miserably.

He's set to make his return to action in the coming weeks against Nazir 'Volleyballist' Kishukov, having taken his record to 18-13 with a victory against Petr Romankevich in December.

The Hardcore FC has grown notorious for wacky press conferences which often see just as much action as their fight nights, with accusations of staging confrontations to create drama levied against them.


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