WFCA 49 Recap & Clips: Prospects Akhmed Shervaniev & Fatkhidin Sobirov dominate

Grozny, Chechnya – Chechnyan state MMA promotion WFC Akhmat has graduated several top stars to international competition in recent times.  The organization’s prospect machine kept on chugging at WFCA 49 as a new crop of contenders sought to announce their grappling and MMA supremacy. Read on for recaps/clips of the six main card bouts from WFCA 49, including showcase fights for undefeated featherweight Akhmed Shervaniev and explosive bantamweight Fatkhidin Sobirov.


145: Akhmed Shervaniev (11-0-1, #397 World)  TKO2  Arsen Ubaidulaev (14-11)

The latest undefeated talent to emerge from Akhmat Fight Club, Akhmed Shervaniev set the tone early when he wobbled Ubaidulaev with a sharp right hand seconds into the WFCA 49 main event. Ubaidulaev neutralized the prospect briefly with a takedown, but Shervaniev scrambled up and set to work punishing his foe with lefts, rights, and knees. Akhmed’s power was just too much for the journeyman, as he nearly finished the fight against the cage in the final seconds of round 1. Ubaidulaev didn’t last much longer as Shervaniev battered him around the cage before stopping him with unanswered uppercuts against the fence. Clinical and violent work from Akhmed Shervaniev in a WFCA 49 main event fight that he was expected to dominate.


135: Fatkhidin Sobirov (13-2-1, #294 World)  UD3  Aleksandr Polesniy (13-6, #212 World)

Ukraine’s Polesniy opened up with a wild assault of jumping kicks and winging hooks that seemed to catch two-time ACB winner Sobirov by surprise. Before long Sobirov’s grappling pedigree allowed him to corral the action and secured top position for the rest of the round. Polesniy was never in serious danger of being finished in the first, though Sobirov did put him on the highlight reel courtesy of a vicious slam. Back on the feet to start round 2, Polesniy kept things relatively conservative by swinging haymakers without jumping straight into the pocket like he did at the start of the fight. Sobirov was undeterred as he closed distance to flatten Polesniy with a left hook! The Ukrainian showed his toughness by hanging in there, but after eating that shot he spent the rest of the fight flat on his back. He didn’t get the finish but this was a dynamic and dominant performance by Fatkhidin Sobirov against a game, dangerous, and durable opponent.


145: Anzor Abdulkozjaev (7-1)  Dec  Mukhamadzhon Kurbanov (5-2, #611 World)

This contest between friends never really got out of first gear. Much of it looked like a sparring match, though to Abdulkozjaev’s credit he was the one moving forward and landing slightly more often. At the end of the fight Kurbanov landed a nice spinning backfist that Abdulkozjaev answered with a flash takedown. They spent the last 5 seconds hugging and standing next to each other awkwardly waiting for the final bell.


145: Kirill Sukhomlinov (20-8)  Sub3-Armbar  Rustam Makhauri (4-4-1)

After peaking near the top 200 in the world back in 2013, Kirill Sukhomlinov entered this one on a four loss skid to big show vets Marif Piraev, Ali Bagov, Valmir Lazaro, and Dzihad Yunusov. Sukhomlinov appeared to be the slower man on the feet in round 1 as 5 time WFCA competitor Rustam Makhauri outlanded him slightly. Makhauri’s crispy jab allowed him to counter effectively to body & head while Kirill maintained his plodding pressure early in round 2. Sukhomlinov’s constant forward movement began to pay dividends as his shots started finding the mark late in the second stanza. Makhauri scored a takedown with about 10 seconds left in round 2 and clearly liked what he felt from Kirill on bottom, as he shot again 1 minute into the third. That proved to be a fatal mistake as Kirill Skuhomlinov sunk in a kimura from bottom to force the tap! Stylish way for the veteran to break his 4 fight, 4 year losing skid.


155: Sultan Abdurazakov (4-1-1, #563 World)  Sub1-Mata Leon  Rakhim Dibirov (4-3)

Both of these young lightweights swung hard and whiffed consistently throughout an active but low-damage round 1 on the feet. Once the pair progressed to a wrestling match in round 2 it was all Sultan Abduarazakov as he outmaneuvered Rakhim Dibirov en route to the Mata Leon (RNC) finish. Aburazakov, whose only only loss came in an insane second pro matchup versus then 20-2 David Khachatryan, has now won four straight under the Fight Night Global and WFCA banners.


155: Kamill Magomedov (10-2, #516 World)  Sub1-Arm Triangle  Shota Akulashvili (8-7)

After a 9 bout prelims card of unranked fighters that featured a ton of wrestling – something every fan should be ready for when tuning into a WFC Akhmat broadcast! – Kamill Magomedov added a bit of spice to the proceedings before finishing off in customary fashion on the mat. After a brief feeling out process, Magomedov stung Georgia’s Akhulashvili with a switch kick to the liver before transitioning impeccably into a single leg takedown. Akhulashvili briefly threatened with a guillotine, but as soon as Magomedov popped his head out he took control and sunk in an arm triangle choke for the round 1 submission – his 10th finish in 10 pro wins.


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