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Rostov Gears Up For ACB 49 As Shabliy Faces Vartanyan

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This Saturday, Absolute Championship Berkut lands for the second time this year in Rostov-On-Don with a card lined with some of their most exciting fighters and a headline fight between two of the most dynamic and devastating lightweights in the division.

Topping the bill is the highly anticipated contender fight between Eduard Vartanyan and home-town hero Alexandr Shabliy. Vartanyan has been a regular on the ACB roster and his all action style has marked his as a firm fan favorite. He will be by far the biggest challenge Shabliy has faced to date. That is a sentence that is not unfamiliar to the young fighter from Rostov and each time he has heard it he has risen to the occasion by defeating 15 of his 17 opponents and all inside the distance. All eyes will be on this fight as the winner may very well find himself fighting for ACB gold in their next outing.

The rest of the card is full of global talent as well. Ex-WSOF champion Steve Carl makes his debut with the promotion and takes on one of their best in Beslan Isaev. Beslan has a hugely impressive record of 34 wins with just 8 losses and he will be a dangerous animal as he is looking to bounce back from a tough defeat to another American Brett Cooper.

In the middleweight division two hard hitters come together as Mikhail Kolobegov takes his first steps into the cage against Hussien Kushagov and we have an epic flyweight battle between previous Bellator title challenger Anthony Leone who will look to impose his will on previous ACB title challenger and one of Fight Club Berkuts most exciting prospects Rasul Albaskhanov in another battle that could have title implications.

Other talents to watch out for are the return of Marahbek Karginov who will test his BJJ against the far more experienced Brazilian Diego Marlon plus we have a fight that may well steel the show as Shark Top Team fighter from Poland, Damian Szmigielski takes on the awkward and ever dangerous Evgeniy Lazuko.

Yet again ACB are bringing fans a card full of talent from around the globe who will all put it on the line this Saturday in Rostov-On-Don.

ACB 49 Full Fight Card – Start Time 10am ET – 3pm GMT

Eduard Vartanyan vs. Alexandr Shabliy 155 lbs
Beslan Isaev vs. Steve Carl 170 lbs
Ibragim Tibilov vs. Igor Fernandes 170 lbs
Evgeniy Lazukov vs. D. Szmigielski 135 lbs
Rasul Albaskhanov vs. Anthony Leone 125 lbs
S. Davlatmurodov vs. G. Martinez Ayme 170 lbs
Mikhail Kolobegov vs. Husein Kushagov 185 lbs
S. Davlatmurodov vs. Joilton Santos 170 lbs
Maharbek Karginov vs. Diego Marlon 135 lbs
Rasul Ediev vs. Jaroslav Pokorný 155 lbs
Alexander Peduson vs. David Cubas 145 lbs
V. Khazhirokov vs. Soso Nizharadze 135 lbs
K. Mirzamagomedov vs. Artur Smirnov 265 lbs
Roman Kopylov vs. Islam Gugov 185 lbs

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ACB 70: Luke Barnatt vs. Scott Askham Official Results

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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

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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

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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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