In Russia and the former USSR, the extreme combat sport MMA has become a social phenomenon. The champions are superstars, adulated by their fans and paid fortunes. More than a sport, MMA is a social elevator, a political tool and even an instrument of propaganda glorifying the Russian man: virile, invicible and ready to defend the fatherland. In Chechnya, MMA is the national sport and the showcase of Ramzan Kadyrov, its ultra-authoritarian leader, who has created his own league and club.
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