5 MMA fighters who killed people
"Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn't"
What truth was Mark Twain alluding to? The truth that the mastery to build the Taj Mahal and bless the world with the polio vaccine, is born in the same place that drove Hitler to want to annihilate an entire race; the human mind? You have to admit, it could be.
We will never fully fathom what could possess a person to take a life. Some troubled minds are more dangerous than others and nowhere is this truer than when it comes to MMA fighters.
MMA is, above all, a sport and it's safe to say that 95% of mixed martial artists are level-headed enough to keep their work from creeping into their personal lives. True fighters know what they're capable of and don't need to puff out their chests to establish that they're alphas.
A lot of modern day gladiators are humble enough to admit that they were bullied as kids and turned to combat sports to learn to fend off tormentors. They stuck to it for the right reason - the thrill of competition and the ecstasy of triumph.
But there are exceptions to any rule and sadly, in a sport where violence is an instrument, these exceptions could prove deadly. Here are five times when MMA fighters killed people:
#5 Anar Alakh Ziranov
This August, it was reported in the Russian city of Khabarovsk that a 25-year-old MMA fighter named Anar Alakh Ziranov had killed a world champion powerlifter-cum-bodybuilder named Andrey Drachev. According to witnesses, the fatal encounter was sparked off in the silliest way imaginable — an argument over what was more macho, being a bodybuilder or an MMA fighter. Friends of ZIranov stated that Drachev called Ziranov a "piglet"
Ziranov immediately challenged Drachev to a fight, which the latter tried to evade by suggesting they should face each other later, in a ring. What followed is evident in the above video.
A public memorial was held and more than a hundred local powerlifters signed a petition demanding Ziranov to be brought to justice, but the culprit is still at large.