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.
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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