Russian 'Popeye' Bodybuilder Taps Out In Three Minutes During MMA Fight
Remember the Russian bodybuilder who earned himself the nickname Popeye after injecting himself with chemicals to develop impossibly huge arms?
Well, he's just taken part in his first MMA bout - but things did not go well for the man with the synthol-boosted biceps.
Twenty-three-year-old Kirill Tereshin fought blogger Oleg Mongol at a gym in Abakan in Russia.
Although he got a few punches in early on, Kirill was knocked down and ended up tapping out in just three minutes.
He previously faced off against Russian slapping champ Vasiliy 'The Dumpling' Kamotskiy, where he was knocked to the ground after one hit. Not having a very good run, is he? Poor Popeye.
According to his manager Alexander, the Russian is on the hunt for a doctor who can fix his deteriorating arms.
Kirill was recently warned by medics that he is at risk of losing his arms and started a crowdfunder to get him to Europe to see a specialist.
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Speaking in August, Kirill said: "I used to go to the gym for two years before being called up for military service. In the army, I was worried that I would have a hard time and lose weight so I decided to try synthol oil.
"When I finished military service, I began to transform myself and did everything at home. My mum was very worried about what I was doing, but we are okay now that she knows synthol can be removed.
"In the beginning, I wanted to inject synthol oil into other parts of my body, but then the problems started and I stopped using it."
When he first hit headlines in 2017, Kirill was told by doctors that using the oil could cause pulmonary embolisms, nerve damage, infections, sclerosing lipogranuloma, strokes and oil-filled cysts or ulcers in the muscle - but their warnings went unheeded. Kirill continued to inject, pumping his biceps up to an eye-watering 62 centimetres (24 inch) in diameter.
However, he now says the injections caused tissue fibrosis which then resulted in necrosis.
He said: "At the moment, my arms are in a bad state and are reddening.
"I have launched a fundraiser to see a doctor in Europe for treatment that costs around 3 million RUB (£37,760).
"I would love to go the UK for it, but the most important thing is that the treatment is successful."
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