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Russian Olympic champion in wrestling Sadulaev rules out his future in MMA fights

April 10, 19:44 UTC+3 BUCHAREST

At the recent 2019 European Wrestling Championships, Sadulaev won gold in the under-97 kg freestyle event defeating Alexander Gushtyn of Belarus

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BUCHAREST, April 10. /TASS/. Russia’s Olympic champion in freestyle wrestling Abdulrashid Sadulaev told TASS on Wednesday he had no intentions of becoming a fighter of the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) tournaments.

On Tuesday at the 2019 European Wrestling Championships, hosted by Romania’s Bucharest between April 8 and 14, Sadulaev won gold in the under-97 kg freestyle event defeating Alexander Gushtyn of Belarus.

"I will never join the MMA," Sadulaev said in an interview with TASS. "I do have many friends fighting in the MMA tournaments, I am watching their fights and I get emotional."

"However, I am enjoying my sport, which is spectacular, courageous and without insults," the 22-year-old wrestler said. "Moreover, the sport of wrestling is what I am good at and I earn enough for my living."

Sadulaev was 20 years old, when he won the Olympic gold at the 2016 Summer Games in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro in under under-86 kg weight category. He was just 18 to win the 2014 World Wrestling Championship in the under-86 kg weight category.

In all, Sadulaev, nicknamed ‘The Russian Tank,’ is the three-time World Champion (2014, 2015 and 2018) and the 2017 World Championship in Paris silver medalist. He is now the three-time European champion - 2014 in under-86 kg category; 2018 in under-92 kg; and 2019 in under-97 kg.

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