In connection with this incident, the Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles (USA) sent a letter of protest to the UFC President. You have entered an incorrect email address! UFC middleweight contender Edmen Shahbazyan has reportedly been disciplined for displaying the flag of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic in his recent loss to Derek Brunson. He is now 22 years old.
Shahbazyan’s coach, Edmond Tarverdyan, later claimed that he was contacted by the UFC and was informed that an employee was fired for allowing the fighter to use the flag. On Aug. 1, #Armenian #UFC #athlete @edmenshahbazyan displayed fake “flag” of a fake regime established in #Azerbaijan’s occupied #Karabakh region. Connect with friends faster than ever with the new Facebook app. for the latest breaking news, rumors and content! Shahbazyan is a proud Armenian and most people watching the fight on Aug. 1, 2020, probably just thought he was displaying a provincial flag from the country as he was introduced in the cage. But it turns out the flag he displayed was that of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, an internationally-unrecognized breakaway region technically belonging to Azerbaijan. Karabakh was occupied by armenian armed forces in early 1990s. The same night I sent a letter of protest to @UFC. Shahbazyan lost that bout in the third round via TKO (watch the finish here). With reference to the UFC rules, it was noted that it is allowed to raise the flags only of states recognized at the international level and a requirement was made to take appropriate disciplinary measures against a fighter of Armenian origin for trying to politicize the competition and not repeat such cases in the future. Conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan escalated to war between 1988 and 1994, where a cease-fire was agreed upon. The artist’s income or the net worth details has not been disclosed yet. During the phone call, I said that we are trying to show that we stand by our country, we represent Armenia, in this way we present our complaint about the recent tense situation in Tavush and that Artsakh is our country, Armenians live there. More Government Aid Approved For Armenian Border Villages. Armenian Doctors Save The Life Of An Azerbaijani Prisoner Of War. I want everyone to know about this. I was called and informed that the Turkish embassy in Russia and Turkey had complained about the Artsakh flag and said that the Armenians were “terrorists” and had no right to go to the octagon with the Artsakh flag. The goal of our team in the United States is to represent the Armenians, the Armenian nation, our country in all major tournaments. Grateful to hear that necessary actions have been taken https://t.co/WEsZVNkGIY pic.twitter.com/SjhSUX7dco, — Nasimi Aghayev (@NasimiAghayev) August 11, 2020.
He continued, “We represent Armenia, in this way we present our complaint about the recent tense situation in Tavush and that Artsakh is our country, Armenians live there. The artist’s income or the net worth details has not been disclosed yet. It has an Armenian ethnic majority, though it is internationally recognized as a part of the nation of Azerbaijan. Consul General Aghayev, who brought this Edmen Shahbazyan situation to the UFC’s attention, seems satisfied with the discipline the promotion has undertaken. Armenian UFC middleweight Edmen “The Golden Boy” Shahbazyan did not receive his Reebok fight-night apparel check from the promotion because he displayed the Artsakh flag during his main event fight with Derek Brunson on August 1, coach Edmen Tarverdyan told NEWS.am. But it turns out the flag he displayed was that of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, an internationally unrecognized breakaway region technically belonging to Azerbaijan. Earlier, European freestyle wrestling champion Edmen Shahbazyan's wrestling coach Martin Berberyan told NEWS.am Sport that the embassies of several countries, particularly Turkey, had complained … So displaying the flag of the NKR is a sensitive issue, and it turns out it also happens to be against UFC’s rules.
Turkish and Azerbaijani embassies in different countries got what they wanted, Edmond Tarverdyan, UFC fighter’s trainer, manager, head of the Glendale Fighting Club in the US told NEWS.am Sport.
As it stands, NKR is an independent republic in practice but not by international law. “The big fights in the UFC are sponsored by Reebok. There was no such thing as harming the UFC. And what punishment was met out to Edmen? Now I’m no Karim Zidan so I can’t get in-depth on exactly what’s going on in that region. Edmen Shahbazyan was born on the 30th of November 1997. Thank you @DerekBrunson, congrats on your well derserved victory and thank you for teaching @edmenshahbazyan lessons he needed to learn to be a champion ♀️ https://t.co/sB1haYysmf, — Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) August 8, 2020, Sometimes the greatest lessons a fighter can learn are in defeat. Armenian UFC middleweight Edmen “The Golden Boy” Shahbazyan did not receive his Reebok fight-night apparel check from the promotion because he displayed the Artsakh flag … The victories elevated The Golden Boy up the rankings, and on August 1 he found himself in his first ever UFC main event. MMA Mania, UFC news, results, videos, rumors, fights, Edmen Shahbazyan punished for displaying ‘illegal regime flag’ at UFC Vegas 5, Fighters Speculate On Ortega’s Massive Jockstrap.
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