Vladimir Mineev, the Russian MMA fighter who chose to go under contract for the special operation zone, told TASS that he had suspended his athletic career.
When Mineev was asked how his career is going, he said, “At the moment, my career is being put on pause.”
The fighter said that in the near future, he will have to train more before being sent to the occupied territory of Ukraine. “I’ll go to school, like everyone else. You have to remember your skills and learn something new,” he added.
Earlier this month, Mineev joined the Russian Airborne Forces. The 25-year-old athlete was previously serving with a contract under the cover of a private military company (a PMC). But he signed a contract for military service in September and left his previous employment due to having completed 10 working years.
Mineev agreed to fight the Brazilian Fernando Rodriguez according to the rules of kickboxing during his preparations for the fight. The preparation for the battle in Mariupol was a part of one of Mineev’s rounds.
Mineev won by technical knockout on November 18.
18 Professional MMA Fights, 16 Wins, 1 Loss, 1 Draw