UFC light heavyweight Jan Blachowicz has challenged Kurt Zouma to ‘try and kick him’ after a video emerged of the West Ham defender kicking his own cat .
West Ham said in a statement that they ‘unreservedly condemn our player’s actions’ but Zouma was selected to start the team’s 1-0 win over Watford on Tuesday night – hours after the centre-back’s footage appeared dropping, kicking and slapping her pussy had surfaced online.
A police investigation into Zouma’s actions has been launched, with former UFC champion Blachowicz expressing his disgust at the France international’s behavior.
“If you’re so fucking tough, @KurtZoumatry to kick me,” the Polish fighter tweeted.
“What a piece of shit. No tolerance for animal cruelty.
Blachowicz, 38, has a professional mixed martial arts record of 28-9 – with eight knockouts and nine submission wins to his name. He held the UFC light heavyweight title between 2020 and 2021, having lost the belt in his last contest when he was submitted by Glover Teixeira.
West Ham manager David Moyes defended his decision to start Zouma in the Premier League win over Watford, saying after the game: “I’m really disappointed, and the club have taken all the action they can. take right now behind the scenes My job is to choose the best team and Kurt was one of them.
“I’m a big animal lover and it’s something that will have touched a lot of people. I’m someone who cares a lot about my dogs and my horses. The club takes care of that as you well know.
“I was completely disappointed with what I saw and what I was told, but my job was to try and find a way to get a win for West Ham. Some people will be disappointed and I understand it.