Card Start Times:
6pm – Russian Time
4pm – UK Time
11am – East Coast America
8am – West Coast America
Fight for the ACB lightweight title:
Abdul-Aziz Abdulvakhabov def. Ali Bagov via TKO (corner stoppage), Round 2
Fight for the ACB flyweight title:
Askar Askarov def. Jose Maria vis submission (anaconda choke), Round 5
10. (84.0 kg) Michail Tsarev def. Shamil Abdulkhalikov via submission (triangle), Round 1
9. (77.1 kg) Benny Alloway def. Sergei Khandozhko via submission (rear-naked choke), Round 3
8. (93.0 kg) Max Nunes def Maxim Futin via TKO (doctor stoppage -knee), Round 3
7. (70.3 kg) Amirkhan Adaev def. Marcio Breno Rodrigues Braga via unanimous decision
6. (77.1 kg) Mukhamed Berkhamov def. Jesse Taylor via submission (armbar), Round 1
5. (84.0 kg) Abdul-Rahman Dzhanaev def. Vasily Novikov via unanimous decision
4. (77.1 kg) Stanislav Vlasenko def. Andrei Ciubotaru via unanimous decision
3. (+93 kg) Mukhomad Vakhaev def. Sergei Bilostenniy via submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1
2. (56.7 kg) Ruslan Albitarov def. Marcin Lasota via unanimous decision
1. (70.3 kg) Denis Kanakov def. Abdul-Rakhman Makhazhiev via TKO, Round 2
ACB 48: REVENGE
This Saturday the 22nd of October Absolute Championship Berkut arrives in the city of Moscow and what better event to bring to the Russian capital than one with one of the most highly anticipated rematches in all of MMA between ‘The Lion’ Abdul-Aziz Abdulvakhabov and Ali ‘Hulk’ Bagov for ACB Lightweight championship.
These two great athletes last met in June of 2014 at ACB 9 in the tournament finals of the lightweight grand prix. In a closely fought match that went back and forth, it was eventually Abdul-Aziz that pulled a spinning heel kick out of his bag of tricks to finish Ali Bagov late in the third round. That kick saw him crowned as champion of the lightweight division, a division he has reigned over with dominant performances ever since as he has finished three out of his last four title defenses.
Ali Bagov may have left that fight as the looser but his run back to title contention with an impressive eight fight win-streak has shown he has the heart and the skills to be the champion. One of the most imposing physical figures in the lightweight division it is easy to see why he has the nickname ‘Hulk’. He also puts those muscles to good use as he has become one of the most scary grapplers on the planet as twenty-one of his twenty-two finishes have come via submission and on top of that, those twenty-one victims haven’t even made it out of the first round.
Abdul-Aziz was able to stifle Bagov’s ground game and takedowns this time but will he be able to repeat this performance or will Bagov release the ‘Hulk’ and finally get his hands on the gold belt he has campaigned after for so long now.
If one isn’t enough for the fans in Moscow then they need fear not because the co-main event for this epic card will see Russian stand-out Askar Askarov take on the Brazillian Jose Maria Tome for the vacant Flyweight title.
Askarov has been a force within the flyweight division since he joined the ACB roster in 2015. He has an unblemished record of seven wins, seven finishes, and zero losses. A technically aggressive fighter who’s hard strikes mixed with an excellent and active submission game have proved a skill set too much for any of his opponents to handle and for this reason he has stood out to many as the number one contender above all others for this Flyweight strap.
On the other side of the cage is the highly experienced veteran Jose Maria Tome. With a record of 37-5 this will be his forty-third competitive MMA bout that has seen him hold titles in various organizations and even earned him a run in the UFC. This Brazilian is truly an all rounder and will be the toughest test by far for Askarov. He is scrappy on the feet with an elite ground game plus he is riding a four-fight win streak that means his confidence stepping into a fight like this is high. This fight is one of the most talked about by ACB fans and it is many people’s pick as a contender for ‘fight of the night’ but who will rise to the occasion will be decided by two people alone when the cage door shuts and that first bell rings.
Alongside the two title fights ACB have yet again stacked the card with big names and big fights. Hometown hero and Sergey ‘Honda’ Khandozkho takes on UFC vet Benny Alloway as well as Swedens Max Nunes debuts for ACB after signing a multi-fight deal to the promotion. Another new signing for the promotions in the addition of the UFC Hall of Famer and two-time UFC Heavyweight Frank Mir as color commentator alongside the resident play-by-play commentator Bryan Lacey.
The Sports Palace Dynamo will host this event and with rumors that it could be a sell out this will be ACB’s biggest ever event and looks set to be crowning jewel in what has already been a monumental year for the promotion.
Former UFC Vet Chris Camozzi signs with ACB
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.
— #ACB79 (@ACB_League) January 24, 2018
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).
Rany Saadeh pleased with the opportunities ACB brings, promises a finish in his debut on Saturday
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”
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.
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