Several MMA fighters, including prominent names like Khabib Nurmagomedov and Muhammad Mokaev, have echoed the sentiments of growing resentment over Vladimir Putin's conscription drive. Russia's first military mobilization since World War II, which mandates thousands of Russian men to serve in the nation's ongoing war against Ukraine, has been met with severe resistance.
The catastrophic outcome of the mobilization is apparent in several videos that have surfaced on the internet where women can be seen chasing away police officers in violent clashes.
Former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, whose unprecedented legacy played an important part in representing the region on the global stage, expressed his indignation in an Instagram post. 'The Eagle' wrote:
"But we are not ready ...." [Translated by Google]
Muhammad Mokaev, who was born in Dagestan and fled to the UK as a refugee, reacted to the suffering of his people in a lengthy Instagram post that read:
"Assalamu alaikum! A very unsightly situation is taking place in Dagestan, you are spreading rot against your people, it is clear that you have an order to stop the rally, but you can do without pulling women and shoot into the air. If they pick you up tomorrow, your women will also stand up for you .. Do your work carefully without straining your own people, tomorrow you do not know what the situation will be in your homes! In Dagestan, people already have low salaries, men earn as much as they can, and they are taken to fight .. understand your own people, at least women! May Allah give patience to all the peoples of the Caucasus at this difficult time!" [Translated by Google]
UFC lightweight contender Magomed Mustafaev and PFL welterweight fighter Magomed Umalatov have joined the motion and expressed their criticism in a series of stories posted on their Instagram handles.
Mustafaev's caption read:
"May Allah humiliate all the suppressors."
Umalatov's caption read:
"May the Almighty humiliate all oppressors."
Why are several fighters, including Khabib Nurmagomedov and Muhammad Mokaev from Dagestan, protesting the Russian mobilization?
Khabib Nurmagomedov played a pivotal role in putting Dagestan on the map throughout his illustrious fighting career. 'The Eagle' has extended support to his hometown in the aftermath of Russia's military mobilization.
The hostitliy was triggered when the majority of Russia's mobilization comprised of poor ethnic minority regions like Dagestan and Crimean Tatar communities. At least 100 people were detained for the protests in Dagestan's capital Makhachkala.
Although mutiny has taken place in major cities across Russia, the visuals of Dagestani demonstrators fighting with police have an underlying note of years of hostility with the ruling government.
In a video that has caught the attention of netizens, Dagestani women can be seen explaining to police that Russia waged the war against Ukraine.
While Khabib Nurmagomedov has never been openly vocal about the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, it is notable that 'The Eagle' walked out with the Ukrainian flag during the early days of his fighting career.
Watch Khabib Nurmagomedov walking out with the Ukrainian flag below:
Khabib Nurmagomedov has always maintained a diplomatic stance, so it would be encouraging for his hometown people to see their beloved fighters take a stand for them.