UFC President Dana White has called on Iranian authorities to overturn the death sentence of fighter Navid Afkari, who was accused of participating in anti-government street demonstrations in 2018.
“He went to a peaceful protest in Iran – and he was sentenced to this. This caught my attention.
First, he is human. Secondly, he is one of us. He can become one of our fighters. The only thing I thought about was to call President Donald Trump and see what can be done to help him. He said: let’s see, let me talk to my administration, and then it will become clear if something can be done to save his life.
I would like to say that I humbly and respectfully ask the Iranian authorities to cancel the verdict and spare his life, ”White said on his Instagram.