Victim's family to appeal MMA Champ Mirzaev's sentence on Dec. 21
MOSCOW, December 20 - RAPSI. The Moscow City Court will consider the appeal against mixed martial artist Rasul Mirzayev's two year restricted freedom sentence on December 21, attorney Oksana Mikhalkina told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.com) on Thursday.
Mikhalkina said that she did not know what time the hearing would be held.
Prior to his arrest, Mirzayev had been widely regarded as a promising MMA fighter. He was undefeated in the ring and two of his five victories were won with knockout punches.
On August 16, 2011, after the incident but before his arrest, Mirzayev made headlines in the MMA world for signing a professional multi-fight contract with the sponsor Bellator Fighting Championships.
Mirzayev was initially charged with intentional infliction of grievous bodily harm, resulting in Agafonov's death. During their fight outside a popular Moscow nightclub, the 19-year-old student received a blow to the head and collapsed. He died in a hospital days later without regaining consciousness.
Mirzayev was eventually convicted of having negligently caused the death of 19-year-old student Ivan Agafonov in a 2011 Moscow street brawl, and was released on time served.