Absolute Championship Berkut, one of two promotions present in the Republic of Chechnya, plans to expand its audience and reach with an impressive line-up for the Moscow show on Saturday afternoon. The event, which will feature two championship fights, as well as the likes of Mike Kyle, will showcase the plethora of prospects at ACB's disposal.
The entire event will stream live on BloodyElbow.com starting at 11am ET and will feature english commentary from UFC veteran Luke Barnatt.
The main event will feature a lightweight championship fight between Eduard Vartanyan and Abdul Aziz Abdulvakhabov. Vartanyan is coming off a victory over Frodo Khasbulaev back at ACB 27 - Frodo's only loss in his last ten fights. The 24-year-old holds a 13-1 record overall and is well rounded in his approach in the cage, which he will need to display against the promotion's champion and his freestyle wrestling background.
Abdulvakhabov holds a 12-1 record and most recently defeated Julio Cesar De Almedia at ACB 27. Despite his grappling background, Abdulvakhabov actually trained with Adlan Amagov ahead of the ACB 32 showdown and improved his striking to match Vartanyan's own. The battle between 'Lionheart' and 'Lion' certainly appears to be an evenly matched affair.
The co-main event is a bantamweight title fight between Piotr Yan and Magomed Magomedov. Yan is regarded as one of the blue-chip prospects in the bantamweight division and remains undefeated with a 5-0 mark. His fighting base is a boxing style and he has spent a large amount of training in the Shlemenko region of Omsk. This time, however, he opted to focus on his Muay Thai in Thailand at Tiger Muay Thai. This will create an interesting contrast of styles against Magomedov, who has a background in Wushu Sando and wrestling.
Yan, 23, is faced with the biggest task of his career to date and it is a particularly big opportunity for a young prospect to claim a championship belt so early in his run.
Also on the card is a match-up between veteran Mike Kyle and Denis Goltsov, one of Russia's prime heavyweight prospects. Goltsov is based in St. Petersburg with a Sambo background that he has applied profusely so far in his career. He is coming off a first roudn TKO win against John Hawk at Tech-Krep FC" Prime Selection. He also holds wins over the likes of Brett Rogers, James McSweeny and Peter Graham.
Check out the entire fight card below:
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)
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