27 year-old MMA fighter, Ibragim Todashev, was shot and killed by FBI Agents during the early hours of May 22. Todashev was an acquaintance of Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was also an aspiring mixed martial arts fighter.
Given his connection to one of the suspects of last month’s terrorist attacks, his recent visit to Boston, and the fact he was planning a visit to his native Chechnya, FBI agents sought him out for questioning.
However, things went sour at some point while the Chechen immigrant was being interrogated in his Orlando Fla apartment. Investigators claimed Todashev became threatening, prompting the use of deadly force.
Todashev’s friend Khusen Taramov strongly disagrees with the FBI’s version of events, even implying his friend might have been set up.
“No, there is no way. I know that for sure. All he wanted was to talk to them so they could leave him alone,” Taramov said when asked if he thought Todashev was capable of provoking FBI agents. “FBI started following him, asking questions, ‘Why you guys, what kind of connection do you have with them?’ Trying to make the connection between them, you know what I mean. But there’s no connection. There’s no connection. I know that for sure. … And they contacted him. Pretty much stole him from his house, they came to his house with the guns armed and they took him,”
Todashev made his MMA debut less than a year ago, a bout he won by submission at 2:29 of the first round.
While his friend paints him as a law-abiding citizen, he did have a brush with authorities earlier during the month when he allegedly assaulted a 54 year-old man and his 35 year-old son over a parking spot. As a result, the 35 year-old suffered a busted lip and several knocked out teeth, while Todashev was hauled off to jail.