- © RIA Novosti. Alex Nesterov
© RIA Novosti. Alex Nesterov
MOSCOW, January 22 (R-Sport) - Former mixed martial arts world champion Rasul Mirzaev is training for a comeback to the sport after being convicted of causing the death of a student, the Russian national team coach told R-Sport on Tuesday.
Mirzaev was sentenced to two years in prison in November but immediately released on time already served after he floored 19-year-old student Ivan Agafonov with a single punch in 2011.
Mirzaev said after his release that he was considering a return to competitive fights, and Alexander Konakov, Russia's national sambo coach, said his charge was already in training.
"As soon as he became clean from a legal point of view, I know that Rasul Mirzaev started training," Konakov said.
"And because he's training, that means he intends to return to the ring and revive his career," he added. "That's his work, that's what he does best. And he is yet to fulfill his potential."
Mirzaev was a world champion in the Russian martial art of sambo before moving into MMA, where he won all five of his bouts.
He is currently on stringent probation conditions that forbid Mirzaev from leaving his home district in Dagestan or taking part in any large-scale public events for the next two years.
He escaped a longer sentence on Monday, when Moscow City Court rejected the appeal of Agafanov's family to keep him behind bars for years.