November 9, 2019
CSKA Arena City Moscow, Russia
Davey Grant def. Grigory Popov via Unanimous Decision
Pannie Kianzad def. Jessia Rose Clark via Unanimous Decision
Roosevelt Robers def. Alexander Yakovlev via Unanimous Decision
David Zawada def. Abubakar Nurmagomedov via Submission (Triangle Choke) Round 1, 2:50
Karl Roberson def. Roman Kopylov via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 3, 4:01
Rustam Khabilov vs. Sergey Khandozhko (Welterweight)
Favorite: Khabilov -240
This will be the UFC welterweight debut for Khabilov.
Round 1: After a brief exchange on the feet, we see Khabilov shoot for a takedown. He is working hard to complete it, against the fence, but Sergey is defending well. We see a separation from the ref, after several warnings for stalling, or lack of action. Khabilov shoots in again though, but still can’t quite get it, and he is running out of time. (10-9 Khabilov) It was not the most exciting round in the world, but it’s obvious what Khabilov wants to do. Sergey is defending well enough, but he is not getting in any of his own offense.
Round 2: Khabilov is looking for another takedown, we are seeing more of the same though, with Sergey defending very well along with some aid from the cage. The ref just warned Khabilov to improve his position. Khabilov finally completes the takedown, but Sergey is working to get back to his feet. Sergey briefly climbs back to his feet, but Khabilov slams him back down. Sergey is back against the cage, with Khabilov landing light knees. (10-9 Khabilov) My non-expert opinion is that Khabilov is struggling to deal with what is a heavier fighter than he is used to competing against.
Round 3: Khabilov shoots for a single, and completes the takedown. Sergey recovers guard, which I think is what Khabilov wanted, rather than a fight against the cage. Sergey scrambles a bit and gets his back against the fence, and from there he separates. Khabilov shoots again, this time with a double leg, and he completes this one as well. Khabilov moves towards side control, but Sergey does manage to recover a half guard. We’re seeing lots of control by Khabilov, but not much in the way of attempts at damage. (10-9 Khabilov) (30-27 Khabilov)
This was not a close fight, but it was not exactly a dominant performance on Khabilov’s part. He was the better wrestler and he took advantage of that.
Result: Rustam Khabilov def. Sergey Khandozhko via Unanimous Decision (29-28 x3)
Magomed Ankalaev vs. Dalcha Lungiambula (Light-heavyweight)
Favorite: Ankalaev -450
Round 1: Magomed is controlling the pace, early in the fight. Neither guy has landed anything notable through the first two minutes, though. Magomed is landing jabs, he seems very hesitant to fully engage, not that I would blame him for that. Magomed clinches, but Dalcha fires off a big right hand, causing him to back away. Magomed secures the clinch again, he is looking for a takedown, but Dalcha is not making it easy. Magomed connects with several well placed jabs and straight right hands in the final moments of the round. (10-9 Magomed Ankalaev) From the looks of it, Dalcha is just looking to land a big shot, and Magomed is trying to do all he can without giving it to him.
Round 2: Magomed clinches early, he is looking for a takedown. He finally gets Dalcha down just over a minute into the round. Dalcha attempts a scramble, but Magomed manages to maintain control. Magomed transitions into half guard, and from there he is landing punches to the head and body. Magomed is landing short elbows, Dalcha seems completely out of his element here. Magomed is controlling the wrist, and landing when the chance arises. (10-8 Magomed Ankalaev)
Round 3: Magomed opens the round with a front kick to the face! Dalcha is hurt! Magomed rushes in with a right hook, putting Dalcha down to the mat! He follows it up with several shots on the ground and this fight is over! Wow! So unexpected…
Result: Magomed Ankalaev def. Dalcha Lugiambula via TKO (Front Kick and Punches) Round 3, (0:29)
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Shamil Gamzatov vs. Klidson Abreau (Light-heavyweight)
Favorite: Gamzatov -230
Round 1: I had to reboot my computer during the early part of round 1. But most of the round consisted of Abreau avoiding pressure and landing jabs as he circled away from Gamzatov. A close round but I lean towards Abreau.
Round 2: They’re trading light shots in the early part of round two. Abreau connects with a sidekick, and then a jab-right hook combination! Abreau is circling away from Gamzatov, causing him to chase. Gamzatov seems off-center right now, Abreau is keeping a great pace. Abreau connects with a counter left hand, and then a quick takedown after a clinch. Gamtazov manages to get back to his feet in the final seconds of the round. (10-9 Abreau)
Round 3: They’re exchanging low kicks early in the round. Abreau connects with a nice 1-2 and follows that up with a low kick. Gamzatov lands a shot to the midsection, and then an overhand right! Gamzatov connects with a jab and a low kick! Abreau has slowed a bit, and his footwork is now what it was in the earlier rounds. Gamzatov spins for a back fist, but Abreau ducks and secures a back body lock. Gamzatov reverses the position, against the fence, and attempts a takedown. Abreau avoids it though and we are back in the center. Abreau shoots for a takedown in the final seconds but he will run out of time. (10-9 Gamzatov)
Result: Shamil Gamzatov def. Klidson Abreau via Split Decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
Ramazan Emeev vs. Anthony Rocco Martin (Welterweight)
Favorite: Emeev -130
Round 1: Martin comes out very aggressively, but Emeev seems intent on fighting at his own pace. Emeev connects with a jab, as Martin tries to will him into a firefight. Martin connects with a low kick, but Emeev catches it and takes him down. Martin takes his back though, and he’s fighting for a kimura! Emeev might be in trouble here! Fantastic escape by Emeev, as he moves into side control. Martin scoots against the fence and climbs to his feet, but Emeev is pressuring for a takedown. We see a brief break in the action due to a groin strike by Emeev. Emeev shoots, but Martin defends. Emeev connects with a quick jab. Martin is targeting the lead leg with low kicks, he’s slowed his pace considerably, he appears much more measured than he did at the start. (10-9 Emeev) Close round. Martin has an argument, but Emeev’s composure in fighting through the submission was very impressive, and aside from that submission attempt he was mostly in control.
Round 2: Martin is continuing to target the lead leg, and it appears to be having some effect on Emeev. Emeev shoots, but Martin catches his neck! Emeev pulls out of it though and moves towards side control. Martin scoots against the fence, climbs to his feet, and we are back in the center. Emeev shoots again, but Martin sprawls. Martin lands another solid low kick. Emeev connects with a counter right hand but eats an uppercut as he attempts another takedown. Emeev is landing his jab effectively, he has busted Martin’s nose, but aside from that, he is losing this fight on the feet. (10-9 Martin) Emeev is getting pieced up, nothing is working for him aside from the jab, and Martin is gaining confidence heading into round 3. Round 1 was very close, it is very much a possibility that Emeev will need a finish to win here.
Round 3: Emeev shoots, but Martin catches his neck and stands up. Emeev rushes in with a lunging right hand, but it only grazes Martin. Martin misses with a right hand and eats a hard counter right from Emeev! Emeev changes levels, but Martin underhooks him and keeps him standing. Emeev connects with a quick left hook but eats a jab in return. Emeev shoots, but Martin sprawls, great effort by the American fighter. Emeev is pressuring in the final seconds of the round, he connects with a nice jab in the final moments of the fight. It’s impressive that Emeev was still capable of the sort of movement he just displayed, considering the damage to his leg. (10-9 Emeev) (29-28 Emeev) Really could go either way, with several different options for scoring, all of which would be fair. Just a very, very close fight.
Result: Anthony Rocco Martin def. Ramazan Emeev via Unanimous Decision
Ed Herman vs. Khadis Ibragimov (Light-heavyweight)
Favorite: Ibragimov -200
Round 1: Herman controlled most of round one with clinch work, elbows, and knees. He landed a knee that busted Ibragimov open, and it clearly affected the Russian as the round went on. (10-9 Herman)
Round 2: They’re exchanging early in the round, both fighters landed a few hooks. Herman connects with a right hand, but as he moves in he eats several shots from his opponent. Herman secures a clinch and forces the fight against the fence. He’s landing some shots in the clinch, and Ibragimov appears to be feeling them. Ibragimov is bleeding from his nose, and it appears to be bothering him. Herman scores with two big knees, after forcing his opponents head towards the mat. Herman has the neck, he lands another big knee. Herman scores with a big right hook! He charges forward and puts Ibragimov against the fence. He scores with an elbow and changes levels for a takedown. Ibragimov has Herman’s neck though, and he’s negating the takedown attempt. They’re exchanging in the final seconds of the round, Herman lands a hard elbow just after the bell, but what can you do? Great round by Ed Herman… (10-9 Herman)
Round 3: Herman opens up with a left hand, but Ibragimov counters with an overhand right. Ibragimov attempts a takedown and completes it, but Herman scrambles back to his feet. Herman has the neck of his opponent, he scores with a big knee, but Ibragimov still manages to reverse the position. Ibragimov takes Herman down, from there Herman recovers guard. Herman is landing punches and elbows from his guard, and perhaps even looking for a triangle, hard to say for sure. Herman attempted a triangle, but Ibragimov shucked him and passed to side control! But Ed Herman, covered in another man’s blood, scrambles back to his feet! He puts Ibragimov against the fence in the final seconds! Wow! Ed Herman is as old as the advent of time, and he is still winning fights… is he the first man to ever defeat Father Time? I’ve had a lot of coffee… I need to calm down. (10-9 Herman)
Result: Ed Herman def. Khadis Ibragimov via Unanimous Decision
Danny Roberts vs. Zelim Imadaev (Welterweight)
Favorite: Imadaev -200
Round 1: Roberts shoots early, but Imadaev defends with the aid of the fence. They’re clinch fighting, Roberts connects with a knee, but for the most part, they’re just working for position. Roberts scores with a quick low kick, Imadaev returns a jab. Roberts connects with a low kick, but slips! Imadaev throws a flying knee, but Roberts evades it! Close call for Roberts there. Roberts scores with a quick takedown, but Imadaev pops right back up. Roberts is targeting the legs, and Imadaev is looking to counter. Roberts scores with an inside leg kick, and a 1-2! He shoots and takes Imadaev down in the final moments of the round. Imadaev sweeps in the final seconds and will end the round on top. (10-9 Imadaev)
Round 2: Roberts takes Imadaev down early in the round. Imadaev quickly reverses though, as has been the trend in this fight. Imadaev secures a body lock as Roberts scrambles back to his feet. Imadaev connects with several punches, causing Roberts to shoot again. Roberts completes the takedown, but Imadaev pops right back to his feet. They’re working in the clinch, Imadaev is looking for a takedown, as is Roberts. Lots of wrist control and punches to the body. Roberts lands an elbow as they separate from the clinch. Imadaev overextends on a right hand, Roberts slips and counters with a right hand! Imadaev is out cold! Incredible stuff by Danny Roberts.
Result: Danny Roberts def. Zelim Imadaev via KO (Punch) Round 2, 4:54
Alexander Volkov vs. Greg Hardy (Heavyweight)
Favorite: Volkov -265
Round 1: Volkov opens things up with a low kick. Volkov scores with a kick to the body, but Hardy returns a stiff left hand. Volkov connects with a jab, and kick to the midsection. Hardy shoots for a takedown, but Volkov backs against the fence. Volkov lands a short left hook and then a straight right hand, sending Hardy’s head back a bit. Volkov is backing Hardy up with his jab, along with the occasional high kick. Hardy connects with one big left hook, and then another! Volkov connects with a front kick to the midsection in the final seconds of the round. (10-9 Volkov)
Round 2: Volkov is landing low kicks and punches, he’s taking a safe approach. Hardy isn’t really doing much, aside from the occasional jab. Volkov scores with a kick to the midsection, but Hardy returns an overhand right. Volkov continues to chip away at Hardy. (10-9 Volkov) Both guys are fighting but at a very slow pace. Volkov will earn a decision here if round three is anything like the first and second.
Round 3: Volkov connects with a jab and a hard low kick. Again he lands a jab, and then a kick to the midsection. Volkov connects with two big left hands! Hardy lunges forward with a left hand, and then a right, but Volkov avoids them both. Volkov connects with a high kick as Hardy went for a low kick! Volkov has kept a great pace tonight. Volkov connects with a left hook in the final seconds of the round. (10-9 Volkov)
My honest opinion here is that people will give Hardy more credit than he deserves. Hardy did not look bad, but he by no means was competitive. I think this was more of a case of Volkov taking as few risks as possible in an attempt to make sure he earned a win, over a clearly overmatched opponent. Hardy had one chance to win, with his power, and Volkov just never gave him a chance.
Result: Alexander Volkov def. Greg Hardy via Unanimous Decision (30-27 x3)
Calvin Kattar vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov (Featherweight)
Favorite: Magomedsharipov -310
Round 1: Zabit opens up with a double jab and right hook. Kattar is working the jab, as he is known to do. Zabit connects with a low kick. He’s a big fan of the double jab tonight, and he seems to like following it up with a right hand. Zabit connects with a kick to the midsection. Kattar is chasing him with jabs and straight punches. Zabit repositions and scores with a front kick to the jaw. Zabit lands to the body, Kattar returns a combination. (10-9 Zabit)
Round 2: We’re seeing lots of boxing. Zabit is throwing some kicks but none are landing. Zabit is starting to target Kattar’s lead leg, which is something he’s struggled to defend in previous fights. Zabit attempts a takedown, but Kattar steps out of it. Zabit lands a jab, and right hook, before taking Kattar down! Kattar scrambles right back to his feet though. Zabit connects with a quick left hook, but Kattar returns a 1-2. (10-9 Zabit)
Round 3: Kattar is pressuring to start the round. Zabit connects with a counter left hook, and then a shot to the body. He shoots for a takedown, but Kattar avoids it. Kattar connects with a left hook, and then an uppercut! He lands again with a short right hook. Zabit lands to the body, but Kattar returns an uppercut and left hook! Kattar connects with another uppercut! Jab lands for Kattar, and then a low kick. Kattar attempts a flying knee, but Zabit catches him and takes him down. Kattar is landing punches from his back, as Zabit holds on. (10-9 Kattar) (29-28 Zabit)
Result: Zabit Magomedsharipov def. Calvin Kattar via Unanimous Decision (29-28 x3)
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