Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight knockout artists Kyle Noke and Omari Akhmedov brawled last night (Nov. 26, 2016) at UFC Fight Night 101 inside Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.
At 36 years of age, Noke has seen his share of ups-and-downs inside the Octagon. Coming into this bout off a pair of consecutive losses, Noke’s back was against the wall, but he had the support of the crowd firmly behind him nevertheless. Akhmedov has yet to truly carve out a position for himself at 170 pounds. He also entered this bout after a pair of losses, and the Dagestani power puncher needed a win to guarantee further employment.
Despite Noke’s attempts to remain at distance with jabs and kicks, Akhmedov backed his opponent up with big punches and took him down early. The Dagestani controlled his opponent from full guard, looking to land elbows. With about two minutes remaining, Akhmedov was able to open up with his strikes. He postured up and cut his opponent opening, doing a solid amount of damage. Noke attempted a couple triange chokes, but he never came close to securing anything.
At the end of five minutes, Noke’s eye was a mess.
For several minutes, Noke kept his opponent at range and landed some solid kicks. However, a sloppy shot from Akhmedov nonetheless got him in on his foe’s hips, and the powerful welterweight was able to slam his foe to the mat. Luckily for Noke, Akhmedov didn’t do all that much from top position and was stood up befre long. Despite that golden opportunity, Noke failed to really push the pace, landing a few solid low kicks but little else.
In all likelihood, Akhmedov was ahead two rounds to none.
The third round was a confusing mess. Despite his corner and the crowd urging him on, Noke simply ….View full article
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