Karim Zidan, Bloody Elbow

Karim Zidan

Bloody Elbow

Toronto, ON, Canada

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Past articles by Karim:

The New Bloody Elbow Starts Now

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Boxing faces uncertain Olympic future due to US-Russia politicking

Karim Zidan delves into the ongoing power struggle between the United States and the Russian Federation over boxing’s Olympic future. → Read More

MMA fighter Jeff Monson plans to renounce US citizenship: ‘I love Russia’

"I am in the process of renouncing American citizenship," Monson told Russian state media. → Read More

The UFC can help stop Ramzan Kadyrov’s MMA influence, if it cared to

Through a series of proactive measures and common sense decision making, the UFC could effectively put an end to Kadyrov’s sphere of influence within MMA. → Read More

Diaz rep denies claim that Kadyrov offered $2 million to accept UFC 279 fight

Khamzat Chimaev recently claimed that Chechen dictator Ramzan Kadyrov offered Nate Diaz an extra $2 million to accept UFC 279 fight at a higher weight. → Read More

Oleksandr Usyk calls on IOC not to allow Russians to compete at Paris Olympics

The world heavyweight champion urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) not to allow Russian athletes to compete at the upcoming Games, including under a neutral banner. → Read More

Russian MMA fighter sporting neo-Nazi tattoos awarded medal for role in ‘denazification’ of Ukraine

Mikhail Turkanov, a neo-Nazi MMA fighter who joined Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, was awarded the Order of Courage for his role in the war. → Read More

UFC fighters train with Ramzan Kadyrov’s son and entourage in Thailand

Khamzat Chimaev and several other UFC fighters has been training with 15-year-old Ali Kadyrov at the renowned Tiger Muay Thai training facility in Thailand. → Read More

Iranian karate champion given 15 minutes to plead case before receiving death penalty

Mohammad Mehdi Karami was also not given final rights to speak to his family before execution. → Read More

Beterbiev thanks dictator Kadyrov after Yarde TKO, says he ‘proud to have such a brother’

"Your faith in me for many years has been an incentive for me to strive for new achievements," Beterbiev told Kadyrov following his win. → Read More

MMA champ joins Russia’s war; now stationed in occupied Ukraine

Vladimir Mineev is reportedly stationed in the occupied eastern Ukrainian territory of Donetsk, where he is expected to take part in Russia’s ongoing offensive. → Read More

Indian wrestling champion accuses federation president with ties to Modi of sexual exploitation

Vinesh Phogat says she fears for her safety after speaking out against the Wrestling Federation of India President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. → Read More

World boxing champ Usyk compares Putin’s Russia to ‘Third Reich’

"You are the Third Reich in all the variety of its manifestations. What Hitler didn’t do, your president continues to do. Can you imagine? Yes." → Read More

MMA fighter-turned-mercenary awarded medal from Putin for service in Ukraine

Hayk Gasparyan, a mercenary for the Wagner Group, was awarded the Order of Courage by Vladimir Putin during a ceremony in January 2023. → Read More

MMA fighter who appealed to Kadyrov to help locate missing aunt found dead on train

Georgiy Gagloev was found dead on a train travelling from Moscow. Reports suggest the death may have been "violent." → Read More

Khabib has no plans to pursue political career

The former UFC champion plans to focus on his non-MMA businesses and spending time with his family. → Read More

Report: Saudi Arabia in talks to buy WWE, expand sportswashing empire

The controversial kingdom’s Public Investment Fund is reportedly interested in purchasing the world’s largest wrestling organization. → Read More

D.L. Hughley and Jamie Foxx criticize media’s response to Dana White assaulting wife

"If that had been a brotha, it’d be NONSTOP coverage…" → Read More

Khabib Nurmagomedov retires from MMA coaching to ‘spend more time with his family’

The former UFC lightweight champion shared an Instagram post that suggested he was leaving the sport. → Read More

Iran executes karate champion amid nationwide protests

Mohammad Mehdi Karami was hanged in Iran after being convicted of killing a Basij paramilitary force member. → Read More