A Russian MMA champion selected to surrender his personal title moderately than defend it towards his fellow Muslim fighters.

Gorilla Preventing Championship (GFC) middleweight champion Rinat Fakhretdinov revealed that he has no intention of preventing his fellow ‘Muslim brothers’ within the cage, citing his spiritual motives as the rationale for relinquishing his title.

The information was confirmed by the Russian promotion in an Instagram submit.

“I don’t struggle towards my brothers attributable to my spiritual beliefs. Now the belt contenders are Faridun Odilov and Dauren Ermekov. They’re Muslim and I don’t struggle towards my brothers,” Fakhredtinov stated within the submit. “A struggle is struggle, it’s worthwhile to be totally centered getting into the cage. I’m a fighter. I can’t beat my brothers at full power, and I don’t wish to play the idiot within the cage and punch any individual within the face. To be truthful I must carry out towards any opponent chosen by the league. However I can’t do it attributable to my spiritual motives.”

The 28-year-old middleweight holds a 19-2 skilled report, which features a 13-fight win streak relationship again to 2014. The overwhelming majority of his victories have come by submission or knockout.

Whereas Fakhretdinov is now not the GFC middleweight champion, he has no intention of retiring and plans to return to the cage so long as his opponent just isn’t of the Muslim religion.