ACB 86: Balaev vs. Raisov 2 - May 5 (OFFICIAL DISCUSSION)

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ACB 86: Balaev vs. Raisov 2 - May 5 (OFFICIAL DISCUSSION)

Post by Kingfedor on Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:09 pm


ACB 86
May 5, 2018

Olimpiyskiy
Moscow, Russia


Main Card:
Marat Balaev (8-0)                    vs.            (12-1) Yusup Raisov  
Main Event |  Title Fight | Featherweight | 145 lbs (66 kg)

A. Abdulvakhabov (15-1)            vs.      (11-3) U. Gadzhidaudov
Co-Main Event |  Title Fight | Lightweight | 155 lbs (70 kg)

Batraz Agnaev (4-0)                  vs.     (15-5) D. Yagshimuradov  
Main Card |  Title Fight | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs (93 kg)

Askar Askarov (9-0)                   vs.      (7-2) Rasul Albaskhanov  
Main Card |  Title Fight | Flyweight | 125 lbs (57 kg)

Ali Bagov (25-10)                      vs.      (34-8) Gleristone Santos  
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs (70 kg)

Murad Machaev (21-2)               vs.      (13-2) Mukhamed Kokov  
Main Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs (66 kg)

Alexey Polpudnikov (24-4)          vs.  (27-8) Georgi Karakhanyan  
Main Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs (66 kg)

Abdul-Rakhman Temirov (10-3)  vs.            (17-1) Rasul Mirzaev  
Main Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs (66 kg)

Arman Ospanov (8-2)            vs.            (25-10) Akop Stepanyan  
Main Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs (66 kg)


ACB 86 will take place on May 5 from Olympic Stadium in Moscow, Russia. Absolute Championship Berkut has been to Moscow several times, as Russia is the home of ACB, but never hosted an event inside Olympic Stadium. ACB 86 looks to be the biggest card in the company’s short history so having one of Russia’s most sacred sports arenas seems appropriate. The event will showcase four title fights.

The main event of the evening will be a featherweight unification between champion Marat Balaev (8-0) and interim titlist Yusuf Raisov (12-1). The two have met before with Balaev taking a decision at ACB 50 in December 2016. Since this matchup, Balaev has only competed once, winning a split decision over Adlan Bataev at ACB 61 this past May. Balaev and Raisov were set for a rematch in December, but Balaev suffered an injury, resulting in the promotion having Raisov to face Alexander Peduson on short-notice. Balaev hopes to keep the fight on the ground and grind out a victory with his Olympic-level wrestling. Raisov has the youth on his side, being nearly 20-years younger than the champion. The young prospect looked very comfortable on his feet against known striker Luis Palomino at ACB 67. Raisov will be looking for revenge as his only loss is to Balaev in their ‘ACB Fight of the Year’ runner-up for 2016, according to ACB’s website.

The reigning lightweight king, Abdul-Aziz Abdulvakhabov (15-1), defends his crown against third-ranked contender Ustarmagomed Gadzhidaudov (11-3). The Fight Club Berkut product, Abdulvakhabov has compiled a record of 15-1 with his only loss coming in his second pro fight back in September 2011. Abdulvakhabov has defeated both the number-one and number-two ranked fighters in the division. Abdulvakhabov can win in a variety of methods, with 11 victories coming by stoppage. He has a very solid stand-up game as evident by his first round TKO of current number-one contender, Eduard Vartanyan, back at ACB 32. Gadzhidaudov is next for Abdulvakhabov, being the only contender in the top 3 to not have a crack at the title. Two of Gadzhidaudov’s three losses are by decision.

Just as dominant in his weight class as Abdulvakhabov, welterweight champion, Askar Askarov (9-0) will defend his title against Rasul Albaskhanov (7-2). Askarov is perfect in his pro career with a record of 9-0, six of those victories coming by submission and three by knockout. Askarov won the title from José Maria Tomé back at ACB 48.

In the fourth title fight to be presented this night, light heavyweight champion Batraz Agnaev (4-0) will defend against number-one contender Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov (15-5). Agnaev, only four fights in his pro career, has knockout wins over Max Nunes and Thiago Silva. He has only gone to the second round once in his short professional career. Yagshimuradov has only reached the third round four times in 20 bouts.

With four titles on the line, a number-one contender battle, and the debut of Georgi Karakhanyan (27-8), Murad Machaev (21-2) and Rasul Mirzaev (17-1) ACB 86 has everything a true fight fan could want in one card.


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