Former KSW middleweight and light heavyweight champion Mamed Khalidov, who retired after back-to-back losses in late 2018, has found his way back into the headlines for reasons unrelated to his fighting career.
According to a report from Polish outlet TVP.info, Khalidov was recently arrested by the Anti-Terrorist Operations Office in Poland for allegedly forging documents related to the illegal importation of luxury cars. Per RT.com, the cars were apparently purchased in the Czech Republic before being illegally imported into Poland.
It’s unclear why this alleged crime fell under the jurisdiction of the Anti-Terrorism unit.
Per RT.com’s report, a statement from the National Public Prosecutor’s office read:
“On the orders of the prosecutor of the Silesian Branch Office of the Department for Organized Crime and Corruption of the National Prosecutor’s Office in Katowice, officers detained Mamed K. on the luxury car pickup.
“In the course of the proceedings, the prosecutor of the Silesian Branch Office of the Department for Organized Crime and Corruption of the National Prosecutor’s Office in Katowice determined that the vehicles were purchased in the Czech Republic. Among the luxury cars, there were such vehicles as Porsche Panamera, Range Rover Evoque, BMW M6, BMW 7 series.”
See a video of Khalidov’s arrest below:
Polish police have published the footage of Mamed Khalidov's arrest
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For most of his sterling MMA career, Mamed Khalidov was regarded as one of the very best fighters outside the UFC. For a brief period, the Las Vegas based promotion pursued the Chechen born Pole, but they were unable to match watch KSW was offering him.
Highlights of Khalidov’s incredible run include victories over Luke Barnatt, Michał Materla, Brett Cooper, Maiquel Falcão, Melvin Manhoef, Kendall Grove, Jesse Taylor, Matt Lindland, James Irvin, Yuki Sasaki, Jorge Santiago, Jason Guida, Igor Pokrajac, Tor Troéng and many others. After back to back losses to Tomasz Narkun — a submission and a decision — he retired with a 34–6–2 record.
Stay tuned for further info on this unfortunate Mamed Khalidov situation as details emerge.
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 6/12/2019.