Amon Amarth’s Johan Hegg clarifies his criticism of UFC, says it’s ‘right’ to target Russian fighters with sanctions

AMON AMARTH leader John Hegg clarified his criticism of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (cfu), saying Russian fighters should be banned from finishing on upcoming cards in order to put enough pressure on the Russian president Vladimir Poutine and his regime to end his country’s war in Ukraine.

Earlier this week, Hegg taken to his Twitter to say he was boycotting the American society for the promotion of mixed martial arts (MMA) as long as it allowed Russian fighters “to compete and make money while children are dying in Ukraine”.

After a number of people objected to Hegg‘s suggestion that Russian athletes should also be punished for their government’s aggression, the 48-year-old Swede returned to his social media to further explain his views while criticizing Putin for creating “the greatest humanitarian disaster in modern history”.

Johan wrote, “I feel like I need to get my point across.

“I love watching @ufc and have nothing but respect for the skill and dedication of the athletes who compete in the octagon.

“What is happening right now in Ukraine is a tragedy. It is the biggest war we have seen in Europe since World War II.

“Two weeks ago Putin launched an unprovoked attack on Ukraine. A democratic and sovereign nation. In doing so, he caused the greatest humanitarian disaster in modern history. 1.5 million people have fled the war so far.

PutinIsrael’s armies commit war crimes, such as shelling residential areas, hospitals and even shooting civilians who try to flee. So far more than 30 children have been killed in this war. More than 70 injured.

Putin repeatedly broke ceasefire agreements, essentially luring people out of their shelters to hit them with artillery.

“Am I angry and frustrated? Yes.

“This war does not threaten or affect only Ukraine. Putin threatened to invade Finland and Sweden. It threatens all of Europe. Ukraine will not be able to export wheat and other crops during the invasion, which will have consequences for countries in the Middle East and Africa that rely heavily on the Black Sea region for food. world food program (WFP) executive Director David Beasley warned that “the world cannot afford to allow another conflict to further increase the number of hungry people”. Putin threatened the world, including the United States, with nuclear weapons.

“Is it right to target Russian fighters/athletes with sanctions? I think so. It’s not that I want to hurt them personally, but there’s no middle ground here. The athletes have influence If they don’t want to speak out against this war then why should they evade sanctions when people protesting the war in Russia, risking jail or worse, don’t ?

“You don’t have to agree with me, I don’t expect everyone to, but in my opinion the world needs to put enough pressure on Putin and his regime that he will end this war.”

Hegg apparently chose to go public after it was announced that cfuThe long-awaited UK return this month would be headlined by the promising British prospect Tom Aspinal and Russian heavyweight competitor Alexander Volkov.

Although the Russian fighter has apparently received the necessary documents to compete in the UK, the status of his fight against Aspinal remains unknown.

Hegg is passionate about combat sports, having already enlisted formercfu champion josh barnet and veteran Shanie Rusth play in AMON AMARTHthe clip of the song “Mjölner, Hammer of Thor”.

In a 2019 interview with MMAWeekly.com, Hegg said it was his wife, Married, who introduced him to combat sports. “She has done boxing in the past and is currently a yoga teacher and has developed a special type of yoga for athletes,” he explained. “Currently she is working with a few MMA fighters, Örebro Hockey, the local Swedish Hockey League team in our home town and a few other hockey players in Sweden. A few years ago my wife and I were in New York when I was promoting our previous album, ‘Jomsviking’and there we met Josh and his girlfriend at the time, Colleen [Schneider], at a dinner party. The next day we met them at a gym, and they tried yoga with my wife, and in exchange, they offered to train MMA with us the next time we were in LA. The next time we were there, we met them and trained, and I had a blast.

“I’ve played hockey and football, but honestly, this might be the most fun training I’ve had. I’ve never really been into combat or martial arts before. I want say, I had seen MMA fights and stuff, but honestly, I wasn’t interested, but training with Josh changed all that, and I’ve been training ever since. Now I’m both cfu and Bellatoras well as looking at other organizations like Cage Warriorsif there is an interesting fight.”

less than a week ago, Hegg denounced the invasion of Ukraine by Russia and called for the restoration of peace in Europe. He took to his Twitter to write: “My lyrics are often about glorious battles and brave warriors, but these are just stories, sometimes based on history. This does not mean that I condone war as a matter of conflict resolution. War is never a solution to a dispute.It can only generate more animosity and hatred between people.

“At present Putin invaded Ukraine, a democratic and sovereign state, and although it was far from the only armed conflict in the world, it affected me deeply. I thought as Europeans we embraced that, especially given our troubled past.

“My hope is that Putin will end this attack on Ukraine, & that peace will be restored in Europe. My fear is that even if this happens, it will take a long time for trust to return between Russia and the rest of the world. I stand with Ukraine and all Russians who oppose this war.”

On February 24, Putin announced a “special military operation” in Ukraine. Putin made the announcement during an early morning televised address, peddling accusations of Nazi elements in Ukraine to justify the attack on its western neighbor, a move experts have called defamatory and false. (Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is Jewish and lost three family members in the Holocaust.)

The Russian leader called for the “demilitarization and denazification” of Ukraine and warned other countries that any attempt to interfere with Russian action would lead to “consequences they have never seen”.


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