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Yaroslav Amosov: MMA champion recovers world championship belt from Irpin home

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Bellator, the MMA promotional firm that Amosov is signed to, introduced final month that the 28-year-old had withdrawn from his Might 13 title struggle towards Michael Web page as he’s “actively defending his dwelling nation.”

Within the video, Amosov climbs again up a ladder in a home carrying a plastic bag, which he opens to disclose the belt.

“A belt with the nice historical past,” he wrote within the caption. “Now I undoubtedly will not give it away. My mother hid it nicely and it survived the bombing.”

Within the video, Amosov says he was “getting the belt for the second time,” whereas laughing. “It is in a single piece and it is rescued,” he provides.

In a separate put up on his Instagram profile, Amosov is pictured holding the belt aloft whereas surrounded by a bunch in army uniform.

At 26-0, Amosov at the moment holds the longest lively unbeaten streak in all of MMA, in keeping with Bellator, and was chasing Khabib Nurmagomedov’s all-time file of 29-0.

“Like the remainder of the world, we have been shocked by the tragic occasions in Ukraine and the ideas of everybody at Bellator MMA are with Yaroslav and all of the Ukrainian folks throughout this time,” mentioned Bellator MMA president Scott Coker in an announcement.

“We want he and his household the most effective and look ahead to seeing him return safely to happier occasions, each in and out of the Bellator cage.”

In a video posted to his Instagram account final month, Amosov mentioned he would “like to speak about this ‘particular operation,'” a reference to the euphemistic description utilized by Russian officers to explain the nation’s invasion of Ukraine.

“You [Russia] usually are not saving us, we’re defending from you,” added Amosov. “Russian troops got here to our territory and say that they’re ‘saving.’ I’m wondering, whom did you save on this explicit home?

“And that is simply the small a part of it. Orphanages, civilians are additionally getting hit,” he continues as an explosion sounds within the background.

In line with native authorities, round 50% of Irpin’s important infrastructure has been destroyed.

Irpin is now underneath full Ukrainian management, however some Russian operatives stay within the space. Native authorities are organizing search events for Russian troopers who stay.

Julia Presniakova contributed to this report.