UFC fighter turned alleged contract killer dies aged 40

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Former UFC fighter, turned alleged contract killer, Amar Suloev passed away this week at the tender age of 40.

Suloev, who fought twice in the UFC during his illustrious and well-travelled career, lost his battle with stomach cancer and passed away in his childhood home at 3am on Monday after asking to leave the Moscow hospital he was being treated at so he could live out his final days in the presence of family.

Suloev was much more than just a fighter, in the octagon and in the hospital, but a potential assassin as well.


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Assassination Attempt

Following his retirement from fighting, Suloev hit the headlines in his homeland when after a 2013 arrest as part of a gang charged with the attempted assassinations of various political figures in Russia.

Suloev, who fought the likes of Chael Sonnen and Chuck Liddell during his mixed martial arts career, spent the next three years behind bars and on trial.

The Yazidi-born star was released from prison on bail upon the discovery of his stage four stomach cancer and was immediately transported to a hospital where his condition worsened dramatically. His case was suspended at the time and in recent days, two witnesses have come out to provide alibis for him on the day of the aforementioned attempted assassination.

Solid Career

Suloev trained alongside Fedor Emilianenko and competed in a number of promotions. He finished his career with an impressive 24-7 record including big wins over Yushin Okami, Din Thomas, Murilo Bustamante and Dean Lister.

He faced Chuck Liddell and Phil Baroni in the UFC, losing both but taking The Iceman to the edge, lasting all three rounds.

2016 has been a bad year for MMA with Jordan Parsons, Kevin Randleman, Joao Carvalho, Ivan 'JP' Cole, Kimbo Slice and Ryan Jimmo all passing away. Amar Suloev can now be added to that tragic list.

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