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 in to a fight like this is high. This fight is one of the most talked about by ACB fans and it is many peoples 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 colour commentator alongside the resident play-by-play commentator Bryan Lacey.
The Sports Palace Dynamo will host this event and with rumours 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.
To watch the card and to hear Frank Mir debut as ACB’s colour commentator you can see it LIVE and FREE via ACB’s YouTube channel on the link below:
Card Start Times:
6pm – Russian Time
4pm – UK Time
11am – East Coast America
8am – West Coast America