Viacheslav Datsik. Now, that's a name I've not heard in a long time. A long time.
Datsik's claim to mixed martial arts (MMA) fame came in his debut in 1999, knocking out Andrei Arlovski who was also making his fighting debut.
The 35-year-old Russian posted a 6-9 record before becoming involved in armed robbery and later escaping prison and fleeing to Norway wearing swastikas and proclaiming himself a "white warrior."
Back behind bars in Russia, Datsik recently wrote to the Moscow City Court requesting they refuse the release of Aleks Emelianenko, the younger brother of iconic MMA legend Fedor. Datsik and Aleks were once friends but have since had a falling out, according to Jake Hughes of Vice's Fightland:
The diabolic Datsik sent his page-long diatribe to the Moscow courts. This included the following rambled passage: "I have known Aleks since 2003. Initially it was sport and friendship. But, I did not recognise his vile and rotten nature. This man is prone to betrayal and deception to profit from his friends and acquaintances." This is before he accuses Fedor's sibling of beating women at sporting events. However, the two were supposedly friends at one point in time according to Datsik. In 2010, Emelianenko refuted this, saying: "This man isn't a normal person. People like him shouldn't be around normal people. He should be kept separate from society."
Aleks was convicted of sexual assault in May and sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison and issued a 50,000 Ruble fine ($738 USD) by the Simonovsky Court in Moscow. The former PRIDE fighter was convicted of sexual assault, "kidnapping" by withholding a passport, and the forced use of "narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances" on 27-year-old Polina Stepanova.
He allegedly stole his substitute housekeeper's passport from her purse while she was cleaning the house and extorted her for sexual favors, while forcing her to consume narcotics. The former PRIDE fighter has maintained his innocence.
Meanwhile, "Red Tarzan" is currently serving time in a St. Petersburg prison where he has been for the past six years, except his brief escape to Norway. Should he ever be released he has asked the courts for Emelianenko's address so he can pay an old friend a visit.
The words crazy and Russian go together like bread and butter but Datsik adds an entirely new level. As we might have guessed from his MMA fights.
Having said that, I think he missed his calling of professional calligrapher: