It’s time for another episode of the Eye of the Storm MMA Podcast! Host Justin Pierrot is back, and this time he’s doing more than just recapping UFC Fight Night 92. Joining him today is MMA and political writer Karim Zidan of BloodyElbow.com, Sports on Earth, and OpenDemocracy.net! The situations around MMA and sports, especially in Russian and it’s North Caucasus region, are the focus of this week’s discussion. Whether it’s leaders like Ramzen Khadyrov using MMA fighters to enhance their appeal to the masses, or the Russian Communist Party trying to court the youth vote with Jeff Monson and free MMA gyms, it’s a fascinating look at how combat sports shape and are shaped by the political situations that surround them. Be sure to give this one a listen below, or subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher Radio!