Professional mixed martial artist Akmal Khozhiev was arrested in Guam after an argument over the Covid-19 vaccination turned deadly.
According reports, 27-year-old Khozhiev was charged with first-degree felony aggravated murder with a deadly weapon and second-degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the stabbing of Dr. Miran Ribati on November 7 at the Poinciana Apartments in Tamuning, Guam. Bail was set at $1 million.
“Sir it’s me, I killed him,” Khozhiev allegedly told police prior to his arrest. Ribati was declared dead at the scene.
According to reports, Khoziev and Ribati, 42, knew each other from a local gym and reportedly returned to Khozhiev’s residence to have dinner after spending the day at the beach.
A witness said that the two men began arguing about vaccinations, and Khozhiev was heard telling Ribati, “I don’t trust you anymore.”
Khozhiev then began choking Ribati before a witness intervened. The witness was allegedly hit twice in the head once the choke was released before Khozhiev returned to the kitchen to grab an animal bone from dinner, and he then allegedly proceeded to stab Ribati in the neck repeatedly. Ribati attempted to flee, but Khozhiev then stabbed him multiple times with a knife, a witness told police.
Ribati, 42, was a radiologist at Guam Memorial Hospital for more than three years.
Guam Memorial Hospital praised Ribati’s work in the healthcare field.
“His talents were undeniable and impeccable; his passion unparalleled; his accolades from patients in droves,” the statement read. “He will be sorely missed among colleagues, staff and the entire Guam healthcare community.”
Khoziev is next scheduled to appear in court on November 19. Known as “AK47,” Khoziev notably competed for the M-1 Global organization during his MMA tenure.