American Bobby Green, who competes in the ultimate fighting championship (UFC), was unable to continue communicating with a journalist after learning about the death of Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari.
On Saturday, the media reported that Afkari was executed in Iran. The country’s Greco-Roman wrestling champion was sentenced to death for participating in anti-government demonstrations in 2018. Green defeated Brazilian Alan Patrick at UFC Fight Night 177 in Nevada on the night of September 13. The fighter learned about the death of the Iranian athlete right during the interview after the fight.
“You just broke my heart. This guy lost his life!? Did he die for protesting? It just pisses me off. Terrible, terrible news. I’m standing here with you, and you’re telling me about it. I can’t believe it.
Bobby Green cut his post-fight interview short because he was "messed up" after learning, right before his fight, about the execution of Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari. pic.twitter.com/hNWzbgzN6W
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) September 13, 2020
Sorry, but I went, I can’t talk anymore,” Green said in an interview with ESPN, then took off his headphones with a microphone and left the frame.
Previously, the head of the promotion Dana white, and even US President Donald Trump stood up for the Iranian wrestler.