UFC middleweight Edmen Shahbazyan will be disciplined for displaying the flag of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, which the Armenian American hung in his corner before his fight with Derek Brunson.
As you know, the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh has been the arena of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict for more than a hundred years, and the Consul General of Azerbaijan to the United States immediately filed a complaint with the UFC in connection with this incident, and the organization’s leadership took appropriate measures.
Informed sources close to the situation report that Edmen Shahbazyan and his coaches apologized to the UFC, Reebok stopped working with the fighter and refused to fund him, and Dana White personally fired a negligent 20-year-old employee who gave permission for the middleweight to carry the flag of the unrecognized republic. …
Recall that on August 1 at UFC Fight Night 173 in Las Vegas, 22-year-old Edmen Shahbazyan suffered his first career defeat, losing by technical knockout in the third round to 36-year-old Derek Brunson.