Video: Yaroslav Amosov retrieves Bellator championship belt from ruined building in Ukraine


Yaroslav Amosov made the decision to stay in Ukraine to defend his home country, which meant he had to pull out of an upcoming Bellator title fight.

But, this doesn’t mean that he has forgotten all about his belt.

On Friday Scott Coker, President of Bellator shared a social media video showing Amosov reclaiming his welterweight title in what appeared to be an abandoned building in Ukraine. Amosov has a smile on his face as he climbs out of a hole in the ground and takes the belt out of a plastic bag.

Watch the video above.

An accompanying caption includes a quote from Amosov:

“A belt with a lot of history! Now I won’t give it away, mom safely hid him and he survived the bombing”

Amosov (26-0) was scheduled for his first title defense against Michael “Venom” Page at Bellator London on May 13. However, with his country under attack from Russia, it was announced that Amosov would stay home to fight in the war and not compete at the London event. Logan Storley will be fighting Page as an interim title.

On March 13, Amosov provided an update on his situation, in which he criticized reports coming out of Russia that he claims are misrepresenting the war.

“Greetings to all,” Amosov said on Instagram. “Wanted to say — well, wanted to repeat — many people talked about this special operation. You’re not saving us. We are defending ourselves. Russian troops arrived on our territory, and they speak of saving us. It’s very interesting to me, who did you save in this house? And this is just a fraction of it. You can find it in orphanages as well as regular homes. They shoot at civilians.

” Terrible things are taking place. It is hard to understand people who believe that there is nothing wrong with our country. They watch TV and assume everything is fine here. These people believe you [the Russian people] will save us. You’re not saving us, I don’t know how people of Ukraine will forgive Russia for what they did to our country. And this is not even the end.”