Magomed Ismailov Mauls Aleksander Emelianenko in ACA 107 Main Event

By: Tudor Leonte
Jul 24, 2020

Even at a 50-pound weight disadvantage, Magomed Ismailov put a beating on Aleksander Emelianenko.

Absolute Championship Akhmat returned with ACA 107 on Friday, which took place at the VTB Arena in Sochi, Russia.

The main event saw Ismailov (16-2-1) stepping up two weight divisions to face longtime MMA veteran Emelianenko (28-8-1). At the weigh-ins, Emelianenko came in 49 pounds heavier than his opponent, but it turned out that the weight was not a factor at all. Ismailov revealed his game plan shortly after the beginning of the battle. After landing a few heavy combinations, he shot for a takedown and took down Emelianenko. Once on the mat, Ismailov battered "The Grim Reaper" over the course of three rounds. In the third stanza, the referee decided he had seen enough and called the end of the match with 90 seconds left. After this one-sided performance, Ismailov extended his impressive unbeaten streak that started in September 2014.

In the co-main event, Abubakar Vagaev (18-3) overwhelmed Gadzhimurad Khiramagomedov (8-4) after three rounds of battle. Vagaev imposed his dominant wrestling skills over Khiramagomedov early on in the match. Khiramagomedov seemed unable to find a counter-offensive and was limited to playing defense for most of their welterweight struggle. All three judges rewarded Vagaev with his 13th decision victory in his career. The WFCA veteran is now 2-0 in his ACA tenure, previously topping Fernando Gonzalez at ACA 100 back in October 2019.

In earlier bantamweight action, former Ultimate Fighting Championship flyweight contender Magomed Bibulatov (16-2) walked through Nikita Chistyakov (11-6-1) thanks to a first-round TKO victory. Bibulatov’s record with the promotion now stands at 2-0, having crushed Josiel Silva in his ACA debut at ACA 100.

Elsewhere, Nasrudin Nasrudinov (9-0) and Evgeniy Egemberdiev (11-3) put on a very intense fight that ended after the doctor called the stop of the action at 3:44 of the third round, rewarding Nasrudinov with his ninth victory on his perfect record. In the first fight on the main card, Nashkho Galaev's scored his first victory under the ACA banner by edging Oleg Borisov via contentious decision.

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