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.
However, that doesn’t mean he forgot the belt.
On Friday, Bellator President Scott Coker shared a video on social media of Amosov reclaiming his welterweight title in what appears to be a destroyed building in Ukraine. Amosov has a smile on his face as he climbs out of a hole in the ground and pulls the belt out of a plastic bag.
Watch the clip above.
An accompanying caption includes a quote from Amosov:
“A belt with a lot of history! Now I won’t give it away, mom hid it safely and it 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 take part in the London event. Logan Storley stepped in as a substitute to fight Page for an interim title.
On March 13, Amosov provided an update on his situation, in which he criticized reports coming out of Russia that he said distorted the war.
“Greetings to all,” Amosov said on Instagram. “I wanted to say – well, I wanted to repeat – a lot of people have talked about this special operation. You are not saving us. We defend ourselves. Russian troops have come to our territory and are talking about saving us? This is very interesting to me, who did you save in this house? And that’s just a fraction of it. He falls [a shell] on orphanages and ordinary houses. They shoot at civilians.
“Terrible things are happening. I do not understand these people who do not believe in what is happening in our country, they watch their TV and think that everything is fine here. They believe you [the Russian people] save us. You are not saving us, I don’t know how Ukrainians will forgive Russia for what they did to our country. And that’s not even the end.