Violence! Fighter kicks ring girl before fight and shocks MMA world; see scene

Ali Heibati shocks the public by kicking Maria, ring girl at the HFC MMA event; She doesn't accept excuses

Fighter kicks ring girl before fight and shocks MMA world; see scene. Photo: Reproduction/X

Fighter kicks ring girl before fight and shocks MMA world; see scene. Photo: Reproduction/X

An unacceptable gesture tarnished the event HFC MMA last Friday (19). Iranian fighter Ali Heibati shocked the audience by kicking ring girl Maria before his fight against Arkady Osipyan. The attack, filmed and quickly viralized on social media, generated widespread condemnation and resulted in severe punishments for the athlete.

Heibati, visibly angry and impatient, kicked Maria in the buttocks as she announced the start of the round. The young woman, stunned and embarrassed, quickly walked away. He later recorded a video in which she appears alongside the professional and apologized publicly.

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“I had bad behavior towards Maria and I wanted to publicly apologize to her. I'm a married man, so I respect women. She was just doing her job. After the fight I didn't admit my guilt because I had been hit in the head. Maria, I'm sorry. If you forgive me, I will be very grateful, as I respect women and I don't want you to have any grudges with me”, said the fighter.

Ring Girl did not accept apology

Despite trying to redeem himself with a public apology alongside Maria, Heibati did not obtain the ring girl's forgiveness. In an interview with the Russian website “Sports 24”, Maria was outraged by the fighter's attitude and stated that the excuses sounded empty and opportunistic.

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“He apologized on camera, but I didn’t accept it. Only on video and nothing else. After he hit me, everyone demanded a public apology from Ali in the cage, but he didn't want it”, replied the ring girl.

The HFC MMA organization did not shy away from strongly condemning the aggression. In an official statement, the organization regretted what happened and classified Heibati's behavior as “the lowest a man can go”. As punitive measures, the fighter was fined the amount of his salary, an amount that will be donated to Maria, and permanently banned from the event.

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