Viacheslav Datsik

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Viacheslav Datsik
Born (1977-02-13) 13 February 1977 (age 43)
Slantsy, Russian SFSR, USSR
Native nameВячеслав Валерьевич Дацик
Other namesRed-haired Tarzan (Рыжий Тарзан)
ResidenceSt. Petersburg, Russia
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight320 lb (150 kg; 23 st)
Fighting out ofSt. Petersburg, Russia
Kickboxing record
By knockout4
By knockout1
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout3
By submission3
By knockout3
By submission1
By decision4
By disqualification1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Viacheslav Valerievich Datsik (Russian: Вячесла́в Вале́рьевич Да́цик, IPA: [vʲɪtɕɪˈslaf ˈdatsɨk]; born February 13, 1977[1] in Slantsy) is a Russian former kickboxer and mixed martial artist. Since retiring from competition, Datsik has also become notable both for his criminal behavior, and vigilante raids on brothels.[2][deprecated source]

Martial arts career[edit]

Datsik attained some degree of fame in the mixed martial arts community, due mostly to his dramatic knock-out of future Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski at the MFC World Championship on April 9, 1999,[3] and, in part, to his wild fighting style and notorious in-ring antics. Another notable fight was in a Pankration bout in 2001, when Datsik faced Vitali Shkraba. During the fight he poked Shkraba in the eye, which resulted in a disqualification.


After losing six straight fights between December 2001 and February 2003, Datsik pursued a career in kickboxing and appeared in his final MMA bout on August 23, 2006.[4] He later seemingly disappeared completely, leading to widespread rumors that he had died in a train wreck. These rumors, however, were set to rest, when it was reported in March 2007 he was alive and well, after being detained for his part in the armed robbery of various mobile phone shops in St. Petersburg.[5]

Datsik reportedly had obsessive antisemitic and anti-Christian views, while exalting Slavic paganism. The official expert analysis on his mental sanity asserted that he claimed Jesus Christ was a Mossad agent, whereas Datsik believing himself to be “Red Tarzan,” the son of Slavic god Perun. In the analysis he was concluded to suffer from schizophrenia and avoided criminal charges.[6] He was first locked in a high-security mental institution for therapy but he was transferred to a low-security psychiatric clinic in July 2010.[7]

Escape and deportation[edit]

In August 2010 he escaped, by tearing a hole in the wire fence around the low security clinic, apparently using his bare hands. He then illegally crossed the border to Norway in a boat and met with Norwegian reporters. While wearing Nazi symbols, he told the reporters that he was "not a nationalist, but a racist".[8] Joined by two neo-Nazis from "an ex-Soviet Baltic state" living in Norway,[9] he appeared at the International Police Immigration Service in Oslo on September 21, 2010, where he handed in a loaded weapon, declared himself a "white warrior" and requested political asylum.[8] As a result, the police searched their tattoo shop where they found five illegal handguns and an entrance card stolen from the Norwegian Armed Forces. Nazi paraphernalia including a large doll dressed up as a Nazi was found near the front entrance of the shop. The newspaper interviewed residents near the tattoo shop who claimed they 'often heard loud noise, screaming and banging'. The neighbors also stated they would occasionally see the occupants of the tattoo shop 'practicing fighting and boxing while completely naked'. All three were then jailed, while the case is being investigated.[10] On October 18 Russian authorities sent an extradition request to Norwegian authorities.[11]

In the week of October 29, a Norwegian police physician submitted a report based on conversations with Datsik and review of available documents which concluded that he did not have a serious mental disease.[12] Datsik's lawyers are of the opinion that Russian authorities made up the psychiatric diagnosis and that Norwegian authorities on that ground must allow Datsik to remain in Norway.[12] Datsik also claims that he was tortured by Russian authorities. The torture included the application of electrodes to his genitals and placing him in an iron cage for eight months, naked and handcuffed.[12] He has twice attempted suicide in Norwegian detainment due to being isolated from the other prisoners, but he was again isolated after shouting racist remarks from his cell window.[12] Datsik had been placed in solitary confinement for four weeks despite the court's order being limited to one week. Norwegian police blamed capacity issues for this.[10] The Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet writes that Datsik has allegedly told the police that he wants his girlfriend to come to Norway for family reunification.[12]

He has since asked the court to give him the maximum sentence, as he has said that it would help him live a healthier life, while announcing that he is "too raw for humanity". He has told the Norwegian media that he wants to compete in mixed martial arts under the flag of Norway. Russia has sought the extradition of Datsik.[13] On December 22, 2010, a demonstration was held by his followers in Oslo. Viacheslav Datsik was deported from Norway on March 18, 2011.[14] In December 2011, rumours surfaced from Russia, that Datsik had been killed in a prison fight. However Alexander Zubov, Head of Press Service of the Federal Penitentiary Service management for the St. Petersburg and Leningrad region, dismissed the reports, claiming that Datsik is well and healthy.


Datsik was released from custody in 2016.[15] Datsik had been imprisoned for 9 years, apart from a one-month stint of freedom, following his escape.

Brothel Raids[edit]

Following his release from custody, Datsik began a series of vigilante raids on brothels.[2]


Datsik was at one time involved in political activities, as a member of a now-banned nationalist Russian party, Slavic Union. He was relatively successful in contributing to the popularity of the party, as his name and image helped him to attract supporters. After Datsik's arrest in Norway, Dmitry Dyomushkin, leader of the banned party made statements to distance his group from Datsik's activities.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Datsik is father to a son named Yaroslav and a daughter named Vasilisa. The children are from a former relationship with Ufan Xenia Efimova.[16]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
15 matches 6 wins 9 losses
By knockout 3 3
By submission 3 1
By decision 0 4
By disqualification 0 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 6–9 Andrey Kirsanov Submission (armbar) Fight Night 2 August 23, 2006 2 N/A Belorechensk, Krasnodar Krai
Win 5–9 Stanislav Nuschik Submission (heel hook) Ultimate Combat Russia (−90 kg) May 19, 2005 1 0:44 Moscow, Russia
Loss 4–9 Sergei Gur TKO (doctor stoppage) BARS: Cup of Arbat Quarter-finals (+94 kg) February 5, 2003 2 N/A Moscow, Russia
Loss 4–8 Zurab Akhmedov Decision (unanimous) BARS: Cup of Arbat Final (−71 kg) January 23, 2003 3 5:00 Moscow, Russia
Loss 4–7 Eduard Voznovich Decision (unanimous) BARS December 25, 2002 3 5:00 Moscow, Russia
Loss 4–6 Roman Sukoterin Decision (unanimous) BARS October 30, 2002 3 5:00 Moscow, Russia
Loss 4–5 Andrey Kindrich Decision (unanimous) BARS August 7, 2002 3 5:00 Moscow, Russia
Loss 4–4 Romazi Korkelia TKO (punches) Pankration Eurasian Championship 2001 December 8, 2001 1 N/A Moscow, Russia
Win 4–3 Eldanis Safarov KO (punch) BARS December 1, 2001 1 N/A Moscow, Russia
Win 3–3 Patrick de Witte Submission (rear-naked choke) M-1 MFC – Russia vs. the World 1 April 27, 2001 1 0:30 Moscow, Russia
Loss 2–3 Vitali Shkraba DQ (eye gouging) Pankration Russian Championship 2001 February 8, 2001 1 3:05 Moscow, Russia
Win 2–2 Andrey Budnik TKO (punch) Pankration World Championship 2000 April 28, 2000 1 2:13 Moscow, Russia
Loss 1–2 Ramazan Mezhidov KO (punch) Pankration Russian Championship 2000 April 9, 2000 N/A N/A Moscow, Russia
Loss 1–1 Martin Malkhasyan Submission (rear-naked choke) M-1 MFC – World Championship 1999 April 9, 1999 1 0:57 Moscow, Russia
Win 1–0 Andrei Arlovski KO (punch) M-1 MFC – World Championship 1999 April 9, 1999 1 6:07 Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Record confirmed through[3] and[4]

Kickboxing record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 6–2 France Le BonnerJerome Le Banner KO Fight World Cup TNA Fights 15 December 2019 2 Kazan, Russia
Win 6–1 Russia PodolyachinDenis Podolyachin UD Fight Club Arbat 9 November 2005 6 Moscow, Russia
Win 5–1 Moldova Zdragush Oleg Zdragush KO WBKF 20 April 2005 3 Moscow, Russia
Win 4–1 Georgia (country) Shvelidze David Shvelidze UD Fight Club Arbat 12 January 2005 3 Moscow, Russia
Loss 3–1 Belarus Zuravkov Andrey Zuravkov DQ Fight Club Arbat 1 December 2004 3 Moscow, Russia
Win 3–0 Russia Orlov Evgeniy Orlov KO Fight Club Arbat 24 November 2004 1 Moscow, Russia
Win 2–0 Russia Buj Vyacheslav Buj TKO Fight Club Arbat 3 November 2004 3 Moscow, Russia
Win 1–0 Russia Vorobiev Dmitri Vorobiev KO Fight Club Arbat 21 April 2004 2 Moscow, Russia
  • Record confirmed through[4]


  1. ^ Sidle+first1=Ryan (February 26, 2019). "Controversial MMA Fighter Viacheslav Datsik Released From Prison Instantly Calls Someone Out".
  2. ^ a b "'Red Tarzan' vigilante who 'forced prostitutes and their customers to walk NAKED through the streets' humiliates more escorts in violent raid at another Russian brothel". Mail Online. May 23, 2016. Retrieved May 28, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Professional MMA record
  4. ^ a b c Datsik
  5. ^ Phone Store Robbery in St. Petersburg Archived December 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ a b Дацик в стране викингов, Interfax, 22 September 2010
  7. ^ Mentally ill former cagefighter escapes ward in St. Petersburg, RIA Novosti, 24 August 2010
  8. ^ a b "Væpnet nazi-russer rev ned gjerde, og rømte til Norge". VG Nett (in Norwegian). September 22, 2010. Retrieved October 29, 2010.
  9. ^ "Mentally ill Russian cagefighter arrested in Norway after hospital break-out". RIA Novosti. September 23, 2010. Retrieved October 29, 2010.
  10. ^ a b Bertheussen, Linn (October 21, 2010). "Vil splitte nazi-gruppering i fengselet". TV 2 (in Norwegian). Retrieved October 29, 2010.
  11. ^ "Russia seeks extradition of mentally ill neo-Nazi from Norway". RIA Novosti. October 20, 2010. Retrieved October 29, 2010.
  12. ^ a b c d e Klungtveit, Harald S. (October 29, 2010). "Friskmeldt av politiets psykiater". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). Retrieved October 29, 2010.
  13. ^
  14. ^ "Datsik deported from Norway to Russia". Moscow Time. March 19, 2011. Retrieved March 19, 2011.
  15. ^ "Russian fighter Viacheslav Datsik to resume MMA career after prison release this month". Bloody Elbow. March 11, 2016.
  16. ^ "Неуправляемый "снаряд"". MK-Piter. October 1, 2008. Archived from the original on June 21, 2012. Retrieved July 20, 2011.

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