On July 15th Sochi once again opens its doors and welcomes athletes from 10 different countries with a slightly different skill set! We have swapped snow and the slopes for sunshine and a cage and we are swapping skis, slaloms and the bobsleigh for Muay Thai, Sambo and Brazillian Ju Jitsu as Russias biggest Mixed Martial Arts promotion, Absolute Championship Berkut , brings ‘ACB 41 – Path to Glory’ to the Adler Arena.
Headlining the card is a bout for the ACB Heavyweight title as champion Denis ‘The Russian Hero’ Goltsov takes on the American fighter and Strikeforce, Affliction and UFC veteran Paul ‘The Headhunter’ Buentello in a fight that is scheduled for 5 rounds but with the records and impressive form of both fighters is unlikely to go the distance. In a classic styles match-up between a heavy hitting striker in Buentello and a high level submission grappler in Goltsov it will be down to who can impose their game the best to see who will take the nod and the impressive ACB belt home for this one.
ACB 41 will also see the debut of two English fighters who both have already made their marks in their previous promotions. Ex-UFC fighter Mike Wilkinson will be looking to show the ACB fans exactly why he is one of the most dangerous featherweights out there. Coming off the back of a UFC career that saw him go 2-2 in the organization with impressive performances and highlight reel knockouts over world class opponents but a term that was riddled with injury that made it hard to stay active. Mike has since rehabbed his body and is ready to show the ACB fans the best version of Mike Wilkinson there has been. He takes on Georgian fighter Soso Nizharadze who is coming off an impressive win in his ACB debut back at ACB 35. Soso offers some interesting issues for Wilkinson to deal with in the cage as the judo and wrestling specialist is short, stocky and extremely strong. Mike doesn’t seemed phased by his opponent more excited to get back in there to show the world exactly what a fit and health version of himself is really capable.
The second English fighter to debut here is the ever exciting prospect that it Ed ‘King’ Arthur and in a sport full of clichés the phrase ‘there are no easy fights at this level’ couldn’t be truer as he takes on one of ACB’s hottest prospects in Peter ‘No Mercy’ Yan. Peter has put his re-match for the ACB Bantamweight title on hold to take this fight and this is a test young Arthur is really looking forward to. Both with proven records and both looking to really solidify there spots on the ACB roster and in-line for the coveted ACB title this fight has fire works written all over it. It’s been placed as co-main event on this stacked card but it is already being tipped to steal the show as both fighters are renowned for their all-or-nothing style.
Alongside these excellent match-ups the July 15th card also holds fights with fan favorites including the always tenacious Eduard ‘Lionheart’ Vartanyan, Canadian Tim ‘The Thrashing Machine’ Hague and Michael ‘Hawaii’ Brightmon.
A card stacked with international talent and held in one of Russias most iconic cities yet again goes to show the dramatic progress of this ACB organization from that of a regional player to now one of the biggest global MMA promotions out there.
Fights start at 6pm UK time on Friday July 15th and you can tune in to the action live on YouTube with resident commentary team: Comedian- Bryan Lacey and former UFC/BAMMA & Venator Middleweight Champion Luke Barnatt.
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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