Fight Nights Global 86: Maldonado vs. Krylov - April 14 (OFFICIAL DISCUSSION)

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Fight Nights Global 86: Maldonado vs. Krylov - April 14 (OFFICIAL DISCUSSION)

Post by Kingfedor on Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:20 pm


On April 14, the promotion will travel to Brazil for Fight Nights Global 86. Fabio Maldonado will defend his title against Nikita Krylov in a light heavyweight championship contest.

Fabio Maldonado (24-11) had a rough start to his Fight Nights Global career after a 5-6 run in the UFC. After signing with Fight Nights, Maldonado lost two-straight at heavyweight. Losing to the legendary Fedor Emelianenko in his debut and then dropping yet another decision to up-and-comer Mikhail Mokhnatkin. In 2017, however, he opened up the year with a first-round TKO win at 220-pounds vs. Abdul-Khamid Davlatov at Fight Nights Global 60 in Tajikistan. The Brazilian was then given a title fight down at light heavyweight, the striker surprisingly won the title via submission in the third round against hard-hitting Kurban Omarov.

Along with becoming the Fight Nights Global LHW Champion at 37-years-old, Maldonado is currently the #1 ranked heavyweight boxer in all of Brazil, with a record of 25-0 w/ 24KO.

Nikita Krylov (23-5) surprisingly walked away from the UFC last year following a loss to Misha Cirkunov in Toronto at UFC 206. Despite the loss, Krylov had won four-straight prior to the defeat, all via finish, and was a highly-ranked light heavyweight at the time of leaving the company.

In this case, the UFC’s loss was absolutely the gain of FNG. The 24-year-old made his promotional debut in June of 2017, submitting Stjepan Bekavac in 53-seconds. Then, this past October, Krylov took on former Bellator titleholder Emanuel Newton in the Fight Nights Global 77 main event. The Ukrainian won by knockout in 43-seconds. Meaning so far, two fights into his Fight Nights Global career, he has been inside the cage for a staggering one minute thirty-six seconds.

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