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Preview: Absolute Championship Berkut 32



The relatively new fight promotion Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB) will be holding it’s next event on Saturday March 26th. ACB 32: The Battle of Lions will be taking place at the Sports Palace Dynamo in Moscow, Russia.  The Event will begin at 10:00 am EST.  There will be a total of 13 fights on the card, with a few interesting match ups to look at a little closer.

The main event will be a Lightweight bout between Eduard Vartayan and Abdul-Aziz Abdulvakhobov.  The 24-year-old Vartayan (12-2) is coming off a win by unanimous decision over Frodo Khasbulaev at ACB 27 on December 20, 2015.  Vartayan is currently ranked 10th in Russia and will be looking to take this opportunity to rise in the rankings.  His opponent, 27-year-old Abdulvakhobov (12-1) is currently on an 8 fight win streak.  Of those last 8 wins, 6 have been by finish, and 2 by decision.  Abdulvakhobov is currently ranked 17th in Russian standings. This fight will be a 5 round fight.

The co-main event, which will also be a 5 round fight features two young Russian Welterweights. Russian Native Piotr Yan (5-0) will take on fellow Russian Magomed Magomedov (12-1).  Yan who is currently ranked 24th in Russia will be looking to continue his undefeated streak by knocking off the 7th ranked Magomedov.  Magomedov is currently on an 11 fight win streak

Another interesting fight on this card is a Heavyweight bout between Denis Goltsov (16-4) and the American Mike Kyle (21-13-1).  This fight will kick off the main card and will be a 3 round fight.  Goltsov, who is currently ranked 3rd of all Russian Heavyweights, is on a 11 fight win streak, more than one win coming from an arm lock.  He will be looking to use his impressive ground game to put a stop to Kyle. Mike Kyle is currently ranked 50th worldwide as a light heavyweight, and current King of the Cage Light Heavyweight Champ.  He will be looking to capitalize on his experience, and pull out a victory in this fight.  The former WEC and UFC fighter trains at the well know American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) in San Jose California.

The full card :

Eduard Vartanyan vs. A. Abdulvakhabov-155 lbs

Piotr Yan vs. Magomed Magomedov-170 lbs

Sergey Khandozhko vs. Patrick Kincl-170 lbs

Andrey Koshkin vs. J. de Almeida-155 lbs

Zaurbek Bashaev vs. Ilya Sheglov-205 lbs

Oleg Borisov vs. Tural Ragimov-135 lbs

Denis Goltsov vs. Mike Kyle-265 lbs

Ramazan Esenbaev vs. Evgeny Lakhin-155 lbs

Evgeniy Lazukov vs. Khamid Sultanbiev-135 lbs

Imran Abaev vs. S. Davlatmurodov-170 lbs

S. Belostenniy vs. K. Mirzamagomedov-265 lbs

Zaira Dyshekova vs. Yana Kunitskaya-137 lbs

Shamil Nikaev vs. Jamil Silveira-155 lbs

This Event will be streamed live on Youtube. Keep looking at MMA Latest News for more news about this event.

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ACB 70: Luke Barnatt vs. Scott Askham Official Results

Harry Davies



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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ACB 70 Barnett vs. Askham: Sheffield Set for A Spectacular Night

Harry Davies



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.

Credit: ACB – Bryan Lacey

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.

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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 negotiations have been terminated due to the fact that Nike supports gay marriage.

According to ACB promoter Mairbek Khasiev Russian social media page 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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