Oleg Taktarov Picture: People with Character / YouTube
A former fighter of the mixed style (MMA) Oleg Taktarov told about the attitude of the representatives of the athletes not from the United States in the early tournaments of the ultimate fighting championship (UFC). Interview with 52-year-old actor took to the YouTube channel “People with nature”.
Taktarov said that in early tournaments, the organizers gave preference to local athletes and obstructed by foreigners. “Everything was arranged for the non-American man to merge. Between battles gave you 12 minutes. Ten of them hurts you, doctor. And the next match you come out more tired than they were after the last one,” says Taktarov.
Early UFC was conducted according to League system. Became champion fighter, the victorious in each of the three matches. In his debut tournament Taktarov has played two matches, losing to American Dan Severn — the fight was stopped by the doctor because of the cut on the face of the Russian athlete. At UFC 6 in 1995 Taktarov won three suffocating receptions. The last battle the Russians defeated the American Tank Abbott.
After success in the UFC Taktarov continued promotion. The Russians took part in two more tournaments. After that, the fighter fought in various organizations: Pride, Bodog Fight, World Vale Tudo and Pancrase.
After a career of a fighter, Taktarov focused on the job in the movie. In particular, he played one of the leading roles in the movie “Predators”.
Video, photo All from Russia.