ACB 77 Results, Recap and Clips: Abdulvakhabov edges Vartanyan, Duraev and Raisov win titles in dominant fashion.

Absolute Championship Berkut looked to end the year with a bang as they put on their 77th event in Moscow, Russia. The event was headlined by Abdul-Aziz Abdulvakhabov and Eduard Vartanyan facing off to crown the promotion’s undisputed lightweight champion. Furthermore, the middleweight title was on the line as Albert Duraev faced off against Vyacheslav Vasilevsky and Yusup Raisov battled Alexander Peduson for the interim featherweight belt.

Abdul-Aziz Abdulvakhabov (15-1) def. (SD) Eduard Vartanyan (18-4)

In the main event of the evening, Abdulvakhabov and Vartanyan rematched for the Lightweight title. In their first fight Abdulvakhabov won decisively via a first round T/KO, however, this fight played out differently. The majority of the first round was spent against the cage with Abdulvakhabov grinding Vartanyan. However, in the second round Vartanyan began effectively countering Abdulvakhabov who kept coming forward but was too focused on finding the knockout. The third and fourth rounds were spent in a similar fashion with Vartanyan playing the matador and Abdulvakhabov looking increasingly out of ideas. In the fifth round, Abdulvakhabov had more success but was still unable to find the knockout punch whilst Vartanyan kept working on the backfoot and landing the cleaner strikes. Despite, the commentators believing that Vartanyan has done enough for the decision Abdulvakhabov was awarded the split decision victory. After the fight, ACB president Mairbek Khasiev said that he wants to see a rematch in Vartanyan’s homeland, Armenia.

Albert Duraev (11-3) def. (T/KO via punches in RD1) Vyacheslav Vasilevsky (32-6)

The co-main event saw Duraev and Vasilevsky battle it out for the vacant Middleweight title. Albert Duraev came out strong and perhaps to the surprise of many was more willing to strike with Vasilevsky. Duraev looked extremely smooth in his stand up and was throwing beautiful combinations, often punctuating with vicious leg kicks. Eventually, one of Duraev’s leg kicks visibly hurt one of Vasilevsky’s leg prompting him to shoot for a takedown which was easily stuffed. From top position, Duraev unloaded a barrage of punches which prompted the referee to step in. With this victory, Duraev captured his second belt in ACB, having previously held the Welterweight title, as well as established himself as one of Russia’s top middleweights.

Yusup Raisov (12-1) def. (Submission via rear-naked choke in RD2) Alexandr Peduson (12-2)

The third title fight of the evening featured two young prospects face off for the interim Featherweight title. Early in the first round, Peduson caught a low kick and took down Raisov despite being historically more comfortable on the feet. He was quickly made to pay for this decision as Raisov revered the position and ended up on top. From there, Raisov controlled the remainder of the round and came close to finishing the fight with an armbar which Peduson expertly escaped. In the second round, Raisov wasted no time in taking the fight to the ground and continued from where he left off before the break. In the last minute of the round, Raisov opened up with brutal elbow from mount which prompted Peduson to give up his back for the rear-naked choke. Having captured the interim title, Raisov will undoubtedly be looking forward to meeting the Featherweight champion Marat Balaev for a rematch of their fight from last year.

Full Results:

Abdul-Aziz Abdulvakhabov (15-1) def. (SD) Eduard Vartanyan (18-4)

Albert Duraev (11-3) def. (T/KO via punches in RD1) Vyacheslav Vasilevsky (32-6)

Yusup Raisov (12-1) def. (Submission via rear-naked choke in RD2) Alexandr Peduson (12-2)

Denis Goltsov (20-5) def. (T/KO via punch in RD2) Chase Gormley (14-7)

Beslan Isaev (37-9) def. (MD) Nah-Shon Burrell (15-8)

Alexey Polpudnikov (24-4-1) def. (SD) Arman Ospanov (8-2)

Amirkhan Adaev (13-4) def. (UD) Darren Smith Jr. (14-8)

Asylzhan Bakhytzhanuly (7-0-1) def. (T/KO via elbows in RD2) Muslim Makhmudov (8-6)

Gamzat Khiramagomedov (6-0) def. (Submission via guillotine choke in RD1) Alexey Butorin (12-3)

Cory Hendricks (4-1) def. (T/KO via head kick and punches in RD1)Konstantin Erokhin (9-4)

Ali Eskiev (9-2) def. (Submission via rear-naked choke in RD2) Rustam Gadzhiev (9-5)

Sergey Belostenniy (4-1) def. (T/KO via punches in RD1) Amirkhan Isagadzhiev (3-0)

Mansur Khatuev (6-0) def. (UD) Maycon Silvan (12-2)


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