Polish MMA fighter killed in Ukraine – media

According to the Polish MMA Federation, Tomasz Walentek was killed while fighting for the Kyiv government

The Polish MMA Federation has announced the death of fighter Tomas Walentek, who it says died fighting as a mercenary on behalf of Ukraine in the ongoing conflict with Russia.

Valentek was an intelligent amateur fighter and, according to RIAwon a tournament in Gliwice, Poland in 2021 but was recently fighting as part of the International Ukrainian Defense Legion – a group made up of foreign mercenaries.

It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Tomko, who, as a Polish volunteer, fought and died in the International Ukrainian Defense Legion.The Polish MMA Federation said of Valentek in a social media message.

it was ReportedHe was reportedly killed by artillery fire in the Donbas region, although the Polish government has not confirmed this information.

According to reports, Walentek was a member of Warsaw’s Unique Fight Club – a popular mixed martial arts gym in the Polish capital, which has seen former world champions Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Alistair Overeem walk through its doors.

Russia announced last month that it had killed 80 Poles.“Mercenary”Airstrike on zinc factory in Donbass adds to the death toll of foreigners who took up arms for Ukraine.

Read more: Dozens of foreign fighters killed in Donbas attack – Russia

Volantek was one of several war sports players fighting against Russia since the military operation began in late February.

Former world heavyweight boxing champions Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko – a former mayor of Kyiv – have been embroiled in the controversy, as have top pound-for-pound boxers Oleksandr Usyk and Vasyl Lomachenko.

Reigning Bellator welterweight mixed martial arts champion Yaroslav Amusov, who is currently undefeated at 26-0, is also joining the Ukrainian forces.