In lead up to UFC Vegas 56 much of the media attention was turned to Ukrainian MMA prospect Askar Mozharov. Once 21-12, he is now officially 19-13 with more and more suspicious fights unearthed.
With his UFC debut falling short the promotion opted to cut their losses and avoid further embarrassment.
Mozharov posted the following justification prior to UFC Vegas 56:
“For 7 years my record was fine but as soon as I got a fight in UFC you started destroying it. They didn’t like me from the start”
“I was framed by two people from Russia whom I trusted!”
Mozharov was matched up with Alonzo Menifield. Menifield finished him by elbows from crucifix.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) June 4, 2022
Menifield wasn’t pleased about the fight getting overshadowed by controversy.
“It’s preposterous. Madness… I don’t want to insult him, but I’m like, are you for real about fighting or are you not?”
And now it’s official – Mozharov was removed from the roster.
❌ Fighter removed: Askar Mozharov
— UFC Roster Watch (@UFCRosterWatch) June 15, 2022