ACB 47 is in the books and what an event it was, the card was stacked from top to bottom and did not disappoint. This card was ACB’s first venture into Western Europe and what an event it was, hopefully, they build on this now and make it a regular occurrence. The SSE Hydro may not have been full but the atmosphere at points made you feel like it was.
Shoaib Yousaf was the first to get the crowd on their feet, upon walking out he was greeted by an incredible reception. Yousaf is a former IMMAF World Champion and proved why tonight when he made quick work of his Irish opponent, Denis Ahern. Ahern came out swinging looking to spoil his opponents professional debut, however, Yousaf was far too good for the Mayo native, taking him down and picking him apart easily, then finally taking control of his opponents arm and locking in a tight armbar to give him his first ever professional win. Now after making his mark in such impressive fashion the future is looking bright for the youngster.
Throughout the card we saw many of finishes, at the start they were mainly submissions, however, there was a turning point in the card where we began to see more KO’s, one knockout, in particular, stood out like a sore thumb. That one was Jake “Brutal” Bostwick’s brutal finish of Danny Mitchell in the first round. From the off, you could tell this was not going the distance when both men came out hungry for a finish throwing absolute bombs. In the lead up to the knockout, Bostwick was putting a lot of pressure on his opponent. After stuffing a takedown from Mitchell, he went to work forcing his opponent against the cage where he threw a right hand from hell that landed cleanly on the chin dropping Mitchell thereby forcing the referee to step in and put a stop to the fight.
Following this explosive finish, we were soon greeted with what was possibly the fight of the night when Norman Parke and Andrew Fisher went to war for three rounds. The UFC veteran may have looked dominant on the scorecards but it was a by far dominant victory. Fisher came into this fight with many of people thinking it should be an easy fight for the Northern Irish man, however, came out and put on a show, keeping the fight going at a fast pace gladly exchanging with Parke. At one point in the first round, Fisher even tagged Parke. Norman went on to recover very well, using his striking effectively and working hard on the ground. Although Fisher put up a hell of a fight it wasn’t enough to seal a victory but despite that everyone now knows that Fisher is a legit threat at 155. Now as well as this fight being our fight of the night it was also the most viewed fight, peaking the views of the stream on YouTube.
In the mixed of all this, we saw the return of the still-undefeated Ryan Scope. Ryan was out of action for two years for different reasons and made his return to the cage tonight against Yusup Umarov, a very tough opponent for his first fight back. In the second round of the fight Scope looked all but finished, however, somehow managed to recover and then go onto knockout Umarov fashionably in what was an amazing comeback.
Onto the main event where hometown boy Robert Whiteford walked out to “Flower of Scotland”, as soon as he took his first step in front of the crowd he was graced by the entire crowd on their feet singing along to his walkout music. The crowd was electric for their hometown boy’s fight, creating a hostile atmosphere for Petshi. For all three rounds, the fight took place on the ground for the majority. Whiteford was not as impressive as hoped and won what was possibly a controversial enough decision.
Despite that, it was a phenomenal event and a treat for the fans, we can only hope for more of the same in the future.
ACB 70: Luke Barnatt vs. Scott Askham Official Results
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
- Result: Danny 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.
ACB 70 Barnett vs. Askham: Sheffield Set for A Spectacular Night
Dubbed “The Battle of Britain”, English middleweights Luke Barnatt and Scott Askham will settle their long-term rivalry this weekend at ACB 70.
Just two months after their last visit, ACB returns to “The Steel City” of Sheffield to host another fantastic card. Along with a great main event, there are numerous match-ups on the fight card that promise excitement for us fight fans, MMA Latest breaks down the ones you don’t want to miss.
Aaron Aby vs. Daniel Missin 2
FCC 11. October 2014. Aby (3-1) was taking on Missin (4-3) at a bad point in “Mini Hulk’s” career. It was Missin who would go on to provide the upset in brutal fashion, finishing Aby in an ending that really should have been stopped sooner. But since then, the two men’s fight form has been greatly different.
Aby went on to win six of his next seven fights, whereas Missin has only fought three times since defeating Aby, going 1-2 in the process. Born and bred a Welshman, but currently residing in Liverpool, Aby was successful in his ACB debut in March, he also beat Sam Halliday at ACB 65 in his second fight for the promotion.
It’s all been about self-improvement for Missin. Physically, and mentally. The Yorkshireman, who will have the support of his home county at ACB 70, was battling depression and anxiety in which he stated “he was his own worst enemy” when dealing with the two.
Now that Missin has fully recovered from his mental health problems, he will hope to show off the new additions to his game in his ACB debut. September 23rd is the start of a new chapter in “Mini Hulk’s” MMA career.
Kane Mousah vs. Alex Enlund
A physically imposing fighter with that element of explosiveness about him, Kane Mousah (9-1) will make his second appearance for ACB this Saturday.
Close ties between UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and Mousah can be made, both in their physicality and fighting style. Powerful in his striking and wrestling, Mousah’s huge slams and heavy ground and pound will make for a fascinating clash of styles when he faces the submission specialist Enlund.
What a tear Enlund has been on. Unbeaten since 2013, the South Shields fighter is on a seven-fight winning streak, sixth of which came by finish.
Enlund, who has been out of action for over a year now, was set to make his UFC debut last year in Hamburg, but an injury forced him to withdraw from the bout. Now that he is making his debut for ACB this weekend, Enlund will hope to pick up where he left off, with another first round finish.
Of Course, The Main Event
How could I make a “Fights to Watch” list and not include this matchup on it? Luke Barnatt vs. Scott Askham is a fight between the two best English middleweights in MMA, and to say its been long-awaited is an understatement.
This is a rivalry that dates backs to 2011, with Barnatt and Askham each taking their turns of calling each other out over the years. They both spent a few years in the UFC, and when they first stepped inside an ACB cage together, it almost very quickly came to blows.
Don’t let the Bellator card this weekend overshadow things, because ACB 70 is by far worth the watch as well. Airing live and free on Box Nation and FITE TV at 18:00 BST , it’s a card you don’t want to miss this Saturday, the 23rd of September.
Russian promotion turned down Nike as the sports brand supports homosexuality
Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB), a Russian MMA organisation and one of the leading promotions in Europe has been negotiating with Nike for several months now. According to Russian MMA website expertmma.ru negotiations have been terminated due to the fact that Nike supports gay marriage.
According to ACB promoter Mairbek Khasiev Russian social media page vk.com yesterday,
“Women were created for men and men for women. You ever have seen that animals were males with males and females with females? If we allow gay marriage, a man worse than an animal “- Manny Pacquiao said! After these words, he broke a contract with Nike! Manny !!! Friends, we have a few months of negotiations with Nike sponsorship, after such a demarche on the part of the well-known company, I consider it below their dignity to have any relationship with thereof!” – wrote Hasiev
It is definitely strange to turn down one of the biggest sporting brands over such an issue. While the world seems to accept Amanda Nunes as the first openly gay UFC champion, things are seen much differently for Khasiev.
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