FNG 88 Results: Tagir Ulanbekov (7-1) robbed of 125 belt in a horrific hometown decision

Astana, Kazakhstan – Fight Nights Global returned from summer vacation with FNG 88, a co-promoted show with Kazakhstan’s Alash Pride that produced one of the worst decisions you’ll ever see in the main event. Scroll down for highlights (and commission-induced lowlights) from the Zhalgas Zhumgalov vs. Tagir Ulanbekov flyweight title bout, plus highlights and clips from the top fights on the FNG 88 undercard.


FNG 88 Main Event – 125 lb Title:


Zhalgas Zhumagulov (12-3, #23 World)

Majority Decision – 5 rounds

Tagir Ulanbekov (7-1, #32 World)

Heavy underdog Zhalgas Zhumagulov struggled hard to defend the takedown in rounds 1 and 2, and he did a nice job of firing elbows from in close whenever possible. But reigning 125 pound champ Tagir Ulanbekov used a relentless wrestling game to wear down his opponent and score with damaging ground-and-pound. Ulanbekov switched gears in the third round by marching down Zhumagulov and keeping the jab in his face. That approach paid dividends when the Combat Sambo ace caught the tiring Zhumagulov with a flush right cross that put him on the mat late in round 3. Ulanbekov flipped the script again in the championship rounds, taking no chances on the feet and using his smothering game to keep Zhumagulov planted for much of the last 10 minutes. Credit Zhalgas for staying in the fight and swinging huge whenever he got the chance, but this one clearly appeared to belong to Tagir Ulanbekov – even without accounting for a series of illegal strikes and fence grabs that Zhumagulov was never punished for.  The Kazakhstan judges were watching a different fight as they awarded the FNG flyweight belt to Zhalgas Zhumagulov by shocking hometown decision. The production team could barely find a highlight where Zhumagulov was winning, nevermind a reason to give him the majority decision victory. Post-fight Khabib’s dad and Tagir’s coach Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov promised to challenge the result, and for good reason in this case.



FNG 88 Prelims Highlights

125: Asu Almabaev (8-2, #7 Kazakhstan)  TKO2  Saud Karagishov (1-2)

For the first round and change of this FNG 88 co-main event, Asu Almabaev and Saud Karagishov spammed the spinning stuff to the delight of Almabaev’s partisan crowd. Once the fists started flying, it was clear that Almabaev held a significant edge as he dinged his Russian foe and skillfully evaded counter fire. The advantage became massive once Almabaev worked the fight to the ground, and it wasn’t long before he smashed Karagishov’s nose to smithereens with punches to secure the TKO stoppage midway through the second round.



145: Mukhamed Eminov (10-0, #52 Russia)  TKO1  Zhuman Zhumabekov (7-3, #280 World)

Sure, Mukhamed Eminov won each of his first nine bouts leading up to FNG 88, but he defeated opponents so inexperienced that they entered the cage with an aggregate record of just 3-3 on fight night. Eminov finally stepped up to legit competition against three-time FNG winner Zhuman Zhumabekov and looked just as good in the early going with a big slam and nasty GNP from guard. Eminov kept the pressure up with a thudding mat return when the bloodied Zhumabekov burst to his feet. Moments later the referee got a good look at the huge cut on the Kazakh fighter’s forehead, and shortly thereafter the fight was waved off in favor of the utterly dominant Mukhamed Eminov.


145: Zhasulan Akhimzanov (3-1)  TKO1  Radzhabali Fayzidini (3-4)

Radzhabali Fayzidini looked great in the opening moments as he slammed Zhasulan Akhimzanov to the mat and passed to mount, but it was all downhill from there for the ACB 68 winner. Moments later Akhimznov swept to top control and proceeded to bloody his foe with ground strikes en route to the mid-round 1 TKO stoppage.


W145: Zamzagul Fayzallanova (6-1, #30 World)  TKO1  Alena Gorchinskaya (0-1)

Kazakh judoka Zamzagul Fayzallanova made light work of debuting Gorchinskaya after falling short in her first FNG contest. After some hockey fighting, Fayzallanova used a judo throw to dump the kickboxer Gorchinskaya to the mat before finishing with ground strikes from mount.



125: Makhamed Meiramov (2-0)  TKO1  Boburmirso Yusupboev (0-1)

This brief, all-action prelim saw Uzbikestan’s Boburmirso Yusupboev hunt for a guillotine choke before getting put out by Makhamed Meiramov’s punches from mount.


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