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FEATURE: ‘Fight without rules’: Russia’s No. 1 pastime

AFP, MOSCOW

Putin was booed when he took the microphone in the huge Olimpiysky Stadium to congratulate Emelianenko for defeating American Jeff Monson — an incident explained away by Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who said the jeers were aimed at the fallen US contender.

Yet Anton Nemov, an MMA tournament organizer who was present, said the crowd was angry “basically because it was Putin.”

However, Emelianenko is a Putin supporter and member of the pro-Kremlin United Russia Party, last year traded his shorts for a suit and accepted Putin’s invitation to join his Council for the Development of Physical Culture and Sport.

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