Russian porn star who ran for president takes part in unusual MMA fight

A Russian porn star who challenged Vladimir Putin for presidency has switched careers again and taken part in a bizarre MMA fight.

Elena Berkova, 36, shot to fame thanks to her X-rated videos and became one of her nation's most popular adult actresses, with over two million followers on Instagram.

She looked to capitalise on her celebrity by first running for mayor of Sochi in 2009, and then staking her claim to be president in 2017.

Needless to say she wasn't successful, so her next public stunt has been to make her combat sports debut against a social media influencer known as Irishka Chikipiki.

After the bell had rung it soon became apparent that the opponents were a complete mis-match.

Chikipiki came out swinging wildly and stumbled around the cage like a middle aged man walking home after one too many down the pub.

Berkova kept her at bay and then went for a swift takedown which was met with no defence whatsoever.

Chikipiki did kick her off but couldn't get back to her feet before she found herself in a rear naked choke hold.

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Berkova wrapped her up and with nowhere to go, her opponent tapped out with less than a minute gone in the fight – but that wasn't the end of it.

As she got to her feet, Chikipiki cheap-shotted the former porn star with a kick to the stomach.

The fight was put on by Epic Fighting Championship on a card which was filled from top to bottom with strange match-ups.

There was another X-rated performer on the card named Alexander Pistoletov, who faced off against blogger Sasha Mamaha in an inter-gender bout.

Pistoletov was nearing victory in the third round against his female opponent when a fan, who has been described as a friend of Mamaha, stormed the cage.

More shenanigans followed as Mamaha tapped out but the fight was then re-started and she eventually won on a points decision.

MMA fans were quick to criticise the event on social media with one tweeting: "Trying to keep track of all these Russian freakshow events is exhausting."

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