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ISIS Is Training Its Recruits in Their Version of the Octagon

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By Fightland Staff

Since its inception in the early 90s, the sport of professional mixed martial arts has traveled a very long road, overcoming obstacles and setbacks, evolving with every step. We always attempt to show the sport as the art form that it is, but unfortunately, one of our symbols, the emblematic caged arena, has been taken for the purpose of building killers.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, better known as ISIS, has been active since the late 90s, but it wasn’t until the last couple of years that the organization rose to prominence. As of March 2015, ISIS controls a region with a population of 10 million people.

Famous for its violent depictions of punishment to those it perceives as its enemies pushed through the internet, ISIS has become a household name all over the world.

Now, a new video has surfaced in which young ISIS recruits are shown inside a cage fighting each other, hitting pads, and grappling. Supervising the activities is a man in fatigues. The same man beats the masked fighters with a stick as though to toughen them further. An image displays one of the fighters breaking a stack of tiles with his head. Check out a video below.

 

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