Hasbulla appears to hit pet cat and pull its ears as fans slam shocking video
Fans are up in arms on social media after a video emerged of Hasbulla appearing to hit a cat, understood to be his pet named Barsik.
The shocking footage, which shows the UFC star appearing to pull the animal's ear before hitting it on the head, appeared online earlier this week, sparking widespread outrage.
In the clip, which Hasbulla seemed to record himself, the 20-year-old can be heard talking to the cat as it cowers and runs away from him in fear – at one point even attempting to hide in a box to escape.
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Fans lashed out at Hasbulla on social media, with some even demanding UFC cancel his contract.
"If I was that cat, I would scratch and bite the s*** out of that lil s*** Hasbulla," one user tweeted. A second wrote: "Disgusting, violence against animals is unacceptable. UFC need to drop him."
A third added: "F*** Hasbulla. What is he playing at? UFC should throw the book at him."
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Other users suggested the social media star, who suffers from a form of dwarfism, be "educated" rather than punished for his actions.
"He doesn't know better. People tend to treat pets like people (for good and bad) let's focus on educating Hasbulla on cat psychology and how his actions affect his cat. The shame and guilt will follow as he does seem to really love his cats," one user argued.
It comes just over a year after West Ham defender Kurt Zouma was filmed kicking and slapping his cat. The Frenchman was subsequently sentenced to 180 hours of community service and had his two cats taken from him.
Hasbulla, who shot to prominence after going viral on TikTok in 2021, signed a five-year promotional deal with UFC last year. The Dagestan-native is friends with former UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, and has clashed with Conor McGregor on social media in the past.
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