European organization GLORY fired all Russian fighters

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Russophobia in civilized Western society is acquiring truly frightening proportions. The leadership of the kickboxing promotion GLORY announced the dismissal of all Russian fighters, including the organization’s light heavyweight champion Artem Vakhitov.

As a result, Luis Tavares and Sergey Masloboev representing the Netherlands and Lithuania, respectively, will compete for the title held by the Russian fighter on August 20 at the GLORY 81 tournament in Dusseldorf.

“We would like to thank our Russian athletes for their cooperation during these challenging times and for their historic performance in our league,” GLORY Vice President Scott Rudmann said in a statement. “We value them as athletes, competitors, friends, and this unfortunate situation is not their fault, nor ours.”

“We respect their careers and commitment to the sport, and have made great efforts to organize fights for them, but the problems involved have proved insurmountable under the circumstances.”

Rudmann clarified that Russian fighters will be able to return to the league as soon as Russia ends its military special operation in Ukraine.

Note that GLORY became the first world-class fighting league to massively fire Russian fighters. Given this precedent, it is possible that other organizations may follow suit.

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