Nikita Krylov: “I shouted ‘Russia! For Donbass!’ – so the bonus was not given”

Nikita Krylov: “I shouted 'Russia!  For Donbass!'  – so the bonus was not given”

Russian UFC light heavyweight Nikita Krylov, who won his third victory in a row last weekend in a confrontation with American Ryan Spann, spoke about the conflict with Merab Dvalishvili, and also explained why he did not receive a bonus for Performance of the Night.

“Merab threw himself at me at the weigh-in,” Krylov said in an interview. Vadim Tikhomirov. “He shouted, ‘You want to fight me!?’, and I say, ‘I don’t fight with children.’ After the weigh-in, there was a battle of looks, they boiled there, Petya was kind of taken out, and Merab seemed to be being held by someone. Then he rushed, ran, saw that no one was holding him, and stopped himself. I say to him in English, ‘Why did you stop?’, and I laugh, and he began, ‘You want to fight me!?'”

Already in the first round, having effectively finished the opponent with a triangle choke, Shakhtar uttered words in the octagon that cost them fifty thousand dollars.

“I heard them yelling, ‘USA! USA!’ and I yelled, ‘**** are you USA?’ Then ‘Russia!’ shouted a couple of times and ‘For Donbass’. At this point, emotions prevailed, but I do not regret it. That’s why they didn’t give me a bonus, by the way. In general, surprisingly, they say, on the screen it was written ‘Donetsk, Russia’, and the ringanowner announced ‘Ukraine’. I seem to be the most controversial fighter of our time.”