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VIDEO: Two MMA fighters including former UFC fighter gets lifetime ban

LockerRoom Team
03 March 2024

A shocking incident marred the atmosphere ahead of Saturday's Oktagon MMA event, resulting in lifetime bans for fighters Reza Madadi and Milad Zxkavakto from all future Oktagon MMA tournaments. The altercation, which unfolded backstage, prompted swift action from Oktagon MMA officials, who confirmed the identities of the individuals involved.

In an official statement released on Twitter, Oktagon MMA disclosed that the brawl occurred following a pre-fight press conference between Sahil Siraj's team and Akonne Wanliss. Wanliss was reportedly assaulted by two coaches as he exited the hall, leading to their immediate banishment from all Oktagon MMA events.

The incident has raised concerns about Wanliss's well-being and its potential impact on his performance. However, both Wanliss and Siraj, who was not implicated in the altercation, are set to continue their scheduled bout at Oktagon 56 in Birmingham. Oktagon MMA expressed regret over the incident and extended apologies to fans affected by the altercation.

Reza Madadi, a former UFC competitor with a notable career spanning seven fights over five years, has faced controversy in the past. In 2017, Madadi suffered a split decision loss to Joaquim Silva in his last UFC appearance before being sentenced to 18 months in jail for aggravated burglary charges.

Now, Madadi finds himself banned from participating in any future Oktagon MMA events due to his involvement in the backstage brawl. The incident has cast a shadow over Oktagon 54, which marked the commencement of the €1 million lightweight tournament, featuring fighters like Makwan Amirkhani, who is making his debut in the tournament after parting ways with the UFC following the expiration of his contract.

A shocking incident marred the atmosphere ahead of Saturday's Oktagon MMA event, resulting in lifetime bans for fighters Reza Madadi and Milad Zxkavakto from all future Oktagon MMA tournaments. The altercation, which unfolded backstage, prompted swift action from Oktagon MMA officials, who confirmed the identities of the individuals involved.

In an official statement released on Twitter, Oktagon MMA disclosed that the brawl occurred following a pre-fight press conference between Sahil Siraj's team and Akonne Wanliss. Wanliss was reportedly assaulted by two coaches as he exited the hall, leading to their immediate banishment from all Oktagon MMA events.

The incident has raised concerns about Wanliss's well-being and its potential impact on his performance. However, both Wanliss and Siraj, who was not implicated in the altercation, are set to continue their scheduled bout at Oktagon 56 in Birmingham. Oktagon MMA expressed regret over the incident and extended apologies to fans affected by the altercation.

Reza Madadi, a former UFC competitor with a notable career spanning seven fights over five years, has faced controversy in the past. In 2017, Madadi suffered a split decision loss to Joaquim Silva in his last UFC appearance before being sentenced to 18 months in jail for aggravated burglary charges.

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Now, Madadi finds himself banned from participating in any future Oktagon MMA events due to his involvement in the backstage brawl. The incident has cast a shadow over Oktagon 54, which marked the commencement of the €1 million lightweight tournament, featuring fighters like Makwan Amirkhani, who is making his debut in the tournament after parting ways with the UFC following the expiration of his contract.

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