A stunning night of fights in Moscow, Russia at ACB 32 was capped by the stunning first-round knockout in the main event and a potential ‘fight of the year’ candidate in the co-main event in what some are saying was one of the best European-based MMA events of all time.
In the lightweight title main event between Abdul-Aziz Abdulvakhabov and Eduard Vartanyan, Abdulvakhabov took home the title with a finish flurry up against the cage that overwhelmed his opponent.
Abdul-Aziz Abdulvakhabov KO’s Eduard Vartanyan at ACB 32, improves to 13-1. Defends lightweight title. pic.twitter.com/dXXSfkQr2N
— caposa (@GrabakaHitman) March 26, 2016
The beginning of the end started when Abdulvakhabov threw a massive overhand right that connected flush on the chin of Vartanyan. From there the writing was on the wall as a clearly dazed Vartanyan backpedaled to try regain his bearing. Abdulvakhabov wasn’t going to let him off the hook though as he piled on the offense to simply overwhelm his opponent and send him crashing to the mat. With Vartanyan no longer intelligently defending himself the referee stepped in and waved the fight off giving Abdulvakhabov the victory and another successful defense of his lightweight belt.
While the scenes from the main event were spectacular, the fight before it, Magomed Magomedov vs Piotr Yan was the show stealer. Battling for the Interim Bantamweight ACB title both Magomedov and Yan put it all on the line across in an incredible five round epic. To try recall the fight blow for blow would never do it justice in the written word. To truly understand the greatness of this fight take the time to watch the replay below and marvel at the bravery and skill of both warriors:
Unfortunately, after twenty minutes stunning action, the fight ended in controversy with Yan given a ‘yellow card’ just five seconds from time with a supposed ‘illegal headbutt’. This yellow card would prove to be decisive as the fight was eventually awarded to Magomedov for that reason alone after the judges had scored the fight a draw. In an incredible turn of events the owner of ACB announced that there would be an immediate rematch between the two at an upcoming ACB event. Whilst the non-result wasn’t the best ending, it didn’t detract from the fact the crowd and the people watching back home had been treated to a stunning 25 minutes of the highest bantamweight action.
On the undercard, there were several great performances with many of the fighters catching the eye of first time ACB viewers. Denis Goltsov scored a highly impressive victory over UFC vet Mike Kyle when he locked in a mounted triangle choke that sent the American to sleep in a matter of seconds. ‘Baby Feodr’ Shamil Nikaev also looked impressive with his win over Jamil Silveria, while Patrik Kincl put in a gritty performance against a highly resilient Sergei Khandozhko.
— Jim Edwards (@MMA_Jim) March 26, 2016
It was an incredible night of action in Moscow – look out for a replay link on MMA Latest in the coming hours.
Abdul-Aziz Abdulvakhabov def. Eduard Vartanyan via KO (Punches, Round 1) [Lightweight Title Fight]
Magomed Magomedov def. Piotr Yan via split decision [Interim Bantamweight Title Fight]
Denis Goltsov def. Mike Kyle via Submission (Mounted Triangle, Round 1)
Patrik Kincl def. Sergei Khandozhko via unanimous decision
Ilya Shcheglov def. Zaurbek Bashaev via unanimous decision
Andrei Koshkin def. Julio Cesar de Almeida via unanimous decision
Tural Ragimov def. Sergey Razin via Submission (RNC, Round 2, 2:32)
Shamil Nikaev def. Jamil Silveira da Conceicao via unanimous decision
Ramazan Esenbaev def. Evgeny Lahin via unanimous decision
Evgeny Lazukov def. Hamid Sultanbiev via unanimous decision
Sharaf Davlatmurodov vs Imran Abaev deemed a draw
Sergey Bilostenniy def. Hanif Mirzamagomedov via unanimous decision
Zaira Dyshekova def. Yana Kunitskaya via Submission (Armbar, Round 2)
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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