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5 reasons to watch ACB Glasgow this weekend

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This weekend is an action packed weekend for MMA fans with enough fights on to keep you watching from the day and into the night. With UFC Portland on in the evening/night, depending on where you’re situated in the world which leaves time beforehand to get into the fight feel mood and what better way to do it than by watch ACB Glasgow. Absolute Championship Berkut has only recently broken into the market putting on some fantastic shows of high calibre action.

Back in July ACB announced they would be heading to Glasgow to hold a show, this show would be a landmark in their efforts to break into the European market. Following the announcement, it caught many people’s attention and it wouldn’t be a surprise if this show sold out with the high level of talent on the card boosted by the hype behind it. So if you are still sitting there reading this doubting whether to tune on Saturday or not, let me give me you some reasons to why you should use your time wisely by watching ACB Glasgow.

1. Not a hard sell

The card is loaded from top to bottom with high-quality fights, however, with the card based in Scotland, it is inevitable that there is going to be a hometown fan favourite in the Main Event. UFC veteran Robert Whiteford makes his return to the cage following his termination from the UFC after losing two consecutive fights. Not so long after his departure from the UFC, it was announced that Whiteford signed for ACB and that he would compete in the Main Event.

Whiteford is coming into this as a hot favourite against Frenchman Kevin Petshi, fighting in front of a home crowd will certainly have Robert gunning to put on an impressive performance and get the crowd roaring. However, Petshi is coming into this virtually unknown to the Glasgow crowd leaving it very hard to expect what he will bring to the fight, but if he can bring the fight to Whiteford and somehow pull off an upset it would be simply crazy.

2. Former TUF Finalist back in action

Saul Rogers was scheduled to compete in the TUF 22 finale against Artem Lobov, however, due to visa issues he was unable to compete and ultimately released from the promotion. Since then he has had one fight which has gone slightly under the radar, where he made quick and easy work of Andre Winner at Tanko 1.

It has been known for quite a while that Saul was signed to fight with ACB, however, an opponent was only announced for him quite recently, cutting it fine, to say the least. Now with SBG Manchester fighter officially scheduled to scrap he will be a treat to watch as he is such a talented fighter, which was proven during his career so far and on TUF 22.

3. Fights with finish written all over them

The Main Card of this can almost guarantee some finishes, Middleweight match up Danny Mitchell and Jake Bostwick is going to a hard-hitting fight that not many (if any) see going the distance. Mitchell has finished all of his last 3 fights within 5 minutes via TKO/Submission, his upcoming opponent Jake Bostwick is known for his power and willingness to stand and trade. Despite going the distance in his last few fights I doubt this one will with Mitchell standing across from him.

Mike Wilkinson, who you could say was very hard done by getting released from the UFC following 1 defeat is up against an undefeated Swede in Daniel Teymur. Wilkinson has finished 7 of his 9 victories while his opponent has finished all 5 of his professional bouts, this is one is certainly not one to miss.

4. Return of an undefeated Lightweight

Ryan Scope has been out of action for almost two years now and is finally making his return to the cage now at ACB Glasgow. Scope has been around the pro circuit in the UK since 2008 and managed to go 9-0 in his career to date. His record includes very impressive wins against Luke Newman and most recently Ali Arish. His upcoming fight is not an easy one by any means in Russian prospect Yusup Umarov (8-1).

“Big Baby” has only gone the distance twice in his career, his first professional bout and his last one prior to this in 2014. All finishes between that. With such an impressive record it would be hard not to see him potentially get a call up the UFC if he can put together a few more wins.

5. Pro debut of an IMMAF World Champion

If there wasn’t enough talent gracing this card, here’s some more. Highly-touted featherweight fighter Shoaib Yousaf will make his first walk to the cage as a professional fighter on Saturday. Yousaf has been one of the most talked about amateurs around the UK if not Europe as of recently following his world championship victory in August.

In his Amateur career Yousaf went 10-0 according to Tapology, with not many getting close to beating him, he is a very well-rounded fighter with tremendous ability overall. I would not be surprised to see him pick up a finish here in his professional debut. This prospect could be one of the next big named fighter coming out of Great Britain in the near future. This debut is one that I would certainly be keeping a close eye one.

So there’re 5 reasons why you should flick over to the ACB YouTube channel on Saturday and watch some epic fights that will not disappoint. If none of those reasons doesn’t tempt you then take a look at this stacked card and the talent that’s on it and surely something will make you want to watch.

Robert Whiteford vs. Kevin Petshi 140 lbs
Norman Parke vs. Andrew Fisher 155 lbs
Saul Rogers vs. Michel Adalena 155 lbs
Danny Mitchell vs. Jake Bostwick 185 lbs
Lee Chadwick vs. I. Chuzhigaev 185 lbs
Mike Wilkinson vs. Daniel Teymur 145 lbs
Chris Bungard vs. Gavin Hughes 155 lbs
Ryan Scope vs. Yusup Umarov 155 lbs
James Brum vs. S. Avkhadov 145 lbs
Ed Arthur vs. Brent Crawley 135 lbs
Kieran Malone vs. John Maguire 170 lbs
Michael Bobner vs. Magomed Raisov 155 lbs
Daniel Crawford vs. A. Suleimanov 145 lbs
Andy Spiers vs. B. Ezerkhanov 265 lbs
Arturo Chavez vs. S. Shakhbulatov 137 lbs
Kev Lobban vs. Adam Bramhald 135 lbs
Shoaib Yousaf vs. Samir Baja 145 lbs
Jason Woods vs. Dominic Dillon 145 lbs
Jack Demarco vs. Ben Holdsworth 145 lbs
Callum Murrie vs. Josh Abraham 145 lbs

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Former UFC Vet Chris Camozzi signs with ACB

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Chris Camozzi will return. The former UFC middleweight returns to MMA after a not-so-long hiatus to the Russia-based promotion, Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB). ACB’s official Twitter account made the announcement late Wednesday morning.

A veteran of the sport, Camozzi first competed in 2006 when he made his debut at the Kickdown Classic 27 event, defeating his opponent Damon Clark via TKO in the opening round. Camozzi went 12-3, before making an appearance on season 11 of the reality series, The Ultimate Fighter. His preliminary bout against Vitor O’Donnell took a brutal toll on both fighters. After three close rounds, Camozzi got the decision victory and a broken jaw, while O’Donnell went home with a fractured orbital bone. Due to the extensive damage Camozzi accrued, the Colorado native learned he could not continue to compete in the tournament. Although he lost the opportunity win the competition, he did make his promotional debut on the reality series’s season finale. At The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz Finale, Camozzi defeated fellow TUF contestant James Hammortree by unanimous decision.

His relationship with the promotion started on a high note but, quickly fluctuated after consecutive underwhelming performances. Not only was this the story behind his first release from the UFC but, one which repeated itself twice more. The Middleweight signed with the promotion as many times as he was released, three. His most recent stint began in April of 2015. Following consecutive victories in which he earned a middleweight title and defended, he returned to the promotion. In seven fights since his return, Camozzi went 3-4, losing his lost three bouts. His final bout with the UFC came at UFC Fight Night 109: Gustaffson vs. Teixeira.

A quick kickboxing stint with Glory got the middleweight back into the win column. Camozzi competed at Glory 48, defeating Kyle Weickhardt by TKO in the second round.

At Russia’s ACB promotion, he now finds himself among the top talent outside of big promotions of the United States. ACB Middleweight champion, Albert Duraev, is undefeated during his time with the Russian-based promotion. Duraev defeated each of his last four opponents under the ACB banner by stoppage (2 submissions, 2 TKO’s).

ACB 79 takes place in Grozny, Russia this Saturday, January 27th. The card features a main event of Adlan Bataev (8-1) vs. Maike Linhares (13-2).

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Rany Saadeh pleased with the opportunities ACB brings, promises a finish in his debut on Saturday

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The BAMMA Flyweight belt was ruled for years by none other than Rany Saadeh, During his reign as champion he successfully defended the belt on two occasions. His dominance over the division saw him go undefeated in BAMMA and without a loss since 2012. Following the expiration of his contract, Rany vacated his BAMMA belt to explore new challenges.

He has now signed with ACB and is set to make his debut in only a matter of days at ACB 74 in Austria where he will take on Darren Mima. In a recent catch up with Rany, he explained his reasoning behind joining ACB and his goals in the promotion.

“ACB is the fastest growing organization in MMA. They’ve promised me an active career with events all over the world and a tempting bonus structure. It was just what I was looking for. I’ve looked into the competition and I can honestly say that the competition at flyweight is just as good, if not even better than in the UFC. Being the ACB title holder would make me a legit world champion.”

Ahead of his bout with Mima, we are set to see some new stuff from Saadeh as he claims to have changed up his style after a solid camp for this fight, guaranteeing us a surprise.

“I didn’t need to change anything for him but my style changed in general since my last fight. I’ve had an excellent camp with high-level training partners and coaches. I’m very grateful for my coaches who have put hours of private work into me this year. Especially with my new boxing coach Luciano Robledo, I can guarantee a surprise.”

The confidence is evident as he tells me how he sees the fight going. Promising his well-rounded arsenal of both strikes and grappling are worthy of bonuses, something he’d be very keen on considering the set-up in ACB.

“I will not just completely dominate but also finish.” He began, “I can imagine this fight being a wild brawl and dropping my opponent. Also on the ground, I have some slick submissions that are bonus-worthy.”

Having been successful in BAMMA, Rany is striving for more glory as plans on taking home the ACB title becoming the first Western European to do so.

“Of course!” he says with determination in his voice, “I’m coming into ACB as a world champion and the #1 ranked flyweight in Western Europe. After winning this fight, the title fight is right there”

It’s now been over a year since we’ve seen, “Prince” enter the cage. A decision voluntarily made by the German as he adjusted his game.

“It was mid last year when I had started to adjust my game. These changes take time and as the wished competition wasn’t there, I decided to take some time off fighting to prepare for a bigger challenge.”

Now having departed ways with BAMMA, the British promotion now has a new champion in Daniel Barez. Unfortunately for Rany, his reasons for leaving was the lack of competition has beaten everyone put in front of him with money being an issue that stepped in the way too. Despite any negativity derived from his departure, he does not rule out a return to the promotion where he was once Flyweight king.

“The competition in Europe just got very thin. With five fights in BAMMA, I somehow wasn’t very impressed with the opportunities left. Neither I got the fights, nor the purse that I needed to take my career further. After two title defenses, it felt like I was standing still which isn’t just BAMMA’s fault. Altogether, they are a great promotion and I wouldn’t exclude a return.”

When the UFC announced they would have the best flyweights from around the world enter the TUF house with a shot at the belt going to the winner. Many would have thought Rany Saadeh would have been up there. The season had champions from all over the world but no one from BAMMA, something strange considering the number of champions they signed in the past year from the promotion.

In an unfortunate circumstance for Saadeh, it was not his fault he wasn’t in the house as the UFC did come knocking but BAMMA just weren’t letting their champ go. Despite this situation, there is no bad blood anymore as Saadeh has moved on with things now.

“The UFC was definitely interested in putting me on the show and it is not true that BAMMA wasn’t asked. They were asked but didn’t want to be part of it. Without their permission, I wasn’t able to take part in the TUF. But I’m not mad at that anymore, I feel like it will make better opportunities possible.”

Having missed out on a possible UFC opportunity before, it isn’t on his mind anymore as he remains pleased with his life and is mainly looking to support his family in the future.

“I really don’t care, I’m set for the next few fights. All I want now is a decent living from fighting and provide for my family in the near future. ACB is not just giving me the chance to reach that goal but also giving me the challenges that I need. So far, I’m a very happy person”

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ACB 70: Luke Barnatt vs. Scott Askham Official Results

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ACB returned to the English city of Sheffield to host ACB 70, an exciting card headlined by top middleweights Luke Barnatt and Scott Askham.

Barnatt (13-4) and Askham (14-4) had been going back and forth for years, but it seemed they would never resolve their tension in the cage. However, at ACB 70 the pair of English middleweights both had the chance to end the rivalry for good. The card also featured a variety of homegrown English MMA talent.

MAIN CARD: 17:30PM BST – Live on Box Nation and FITE TV

  • Luke Barnatt (13-4) vs. Scott Askham (14-4) Middleweight Bout
    • Result: Scott Askham def. Luke Barnatt via Split Decision
  • Ibragim Chuzhigaev (9-5) vs. Will Noland (17-7) Middleweight Bout
    • Result: Ibrahim Chuzhigaev def. Will Noland via TKO (Strikes) Round 1 – 1:32
  • Adam Townsend (17-4) vs. Husein Kushagov (6-3) Welterweight Bout
    • Result: Adam Townsend def. Husein Kushagov via SUB (Rear-naked Choke) Round 3 – 3:24
  • Diego Marlon (26-10) vs. Bubba Jenkins (11-4) Featherweight Bout
    • Result: Bubba Jenkins def. Diego Marlon via TKO (Strikes) Round 3 – 0:44
  • Ismael de Jesus (15-6-1) vs. Ismail Naurdiev (15-1) Welterweight Bout
    • Result: Ismael de Jesus def. Ismail Naurdiev via Unanimous Decision 
  • Kane Mousah (9-1) vs. Alex Enlund (14-2) Lightweight Bout
    • Result: Kane Mousah def. Alex Enlund via Split Decision
  • Sam Boult (8-1) vs. Ashley Reece (5-0) Welterweight Bout
    • Result: Ashley Reece def. Sam Boult via Split Decision
  • Filip Macek (15-12-1) vs. Haron Orzumiev (2-1) Bantamweight Bout
    • Result: Haron Orzumiev def. Filip Macek via Split Decision 

 

  • Shoaib Yousaf (2-0) vs. Jordan Vucenic (5-1) Featherweight Bout
    • Result: Jordan Vucenic def. Shoaib Yousaf via Unanimous Decision
  • Aaron Aby (9-3) vs. Daniel Missin (5-5) Bantamweight Bout
    • Result: Aaron Aby def. Danny Missin via Unanimous Decision 
  • Aaron Robinson (9-2) vs. Cheya Saleem (12-3) Bantamweight Bout
    • Result: Cheya Saleem def. Aaron Robinson via SUB (Guillotine Choke) Round 1 – 0:48
  • Danny Tombs (1-2) vs. Gavin Sterrit (6-2) Welterweight Bout
    • ResultDanny Tombs def. Gavin Sterritt via TKO (Strikes) Round 2 – 4:07
  • Adam Bramhald (2-1) vs. Luke Shanks (1-0) Bantamweight Bout
    • Result: Luke Shanks def. Adam Bramhald via SUB (Guillotine Choke) Round 1 – 0:41
  • Jordan Barton (2-0) vs. Richard Herbert (2-0) Welterweight Bout
    • Result: Jordan Barton def. Richard Herbert via Split Decision.
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