Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight bruisers Omari Akhmedov and Abdul Razak Alhassan brawled yesterday (Sun., May 28, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 109 inside Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.
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Akhmedov came into this bout coming off perhaps the most complete performance of his career, but his improvements were tested in this match. Opposite a huge knockout hitter, Akhmedov looked to avoid the brawl and drag this fight out.
On the other hand, “Judo Thunder” had finished each of his prior bouts via knockout in less than two minutes. Alhassan did not plan for that streak to end last night, as he came after his foe swinging almost immediately.
Akhmedov converted a low kick into a takedown to open the bout, but Alhassan scrambled back to his feet quickly. However, Akhmedov powered through another big takedowns moments later, planting his foe on the mat once again.
Nevertheless, Alhassan kicked his foe off and returned to his feet.
Alhassan pressured his opponent, throwing single shots. Akhmedov waited patiently and avoided punches, but Alhassan was able to land some hard kicks. Power punches were finally exchanged in the final 30 seconds, but the two fighters both survived to the next round.
All in all, Akhmedov’s more active boxing and pair of takedowns likely won him the round.
Alhassan began to really find his range at the start of the second. He backed the Dagestani athlete into the fence before unloading with big punches. Akhmedov saved himself by reacting with a double leg, but “Judo Thunder” kicked back to his feet from the guard and returned to stalking his foe.
Under the pressure of Alhassan’s power punches, Akhmedov responded wildly with big counter swings or double leg takedowns. He was eating more shots than he’d like, but those power reactions worked fairly often, as Alhassan was throwing himself out of position in an attempt to land the knockout blow.
It was a close round, seeing as Alhassan spent some time on his back but also landed the best shots.
Alhassan kept on the pressure in the final round, finding a home for his right hand repeatedly. He denied or reversed a few of his opponent’s takedowns, allowing him to put some damage on the Russian athlete.
With about two minutes remaining, Akhmedov scored a very important takedown. He advanced into mount, where he controlled but did little damage. Alhassan managed to reverse with a minute remaining, but neither man really did all that much in the final seconds.
It was up in the air heading into the judges’ scorecards, but two of the three scored the fight for Akhmedov.
This is the second time in a row where Akhmedov has smartly used his wrestling to control a dangerous opponent for three rounds. In previous contests, he would waste a lot of energy brawling or rely only on his wrestling in desperate situations, and it resulted in him fatiguing by the end of the fight.
He definitely slowed down, but Akhmedov didn’t completely dissolve in the third round, so it’s a clear improvement.
Akhmedov’s physical strength was a big factor in this bout as well. Against someone who is obviously a fantastic athlete, Akhmedov was able to overpower and control his opponent. Additionally, Akhmedov’s counter swings were dangerous enough to keep Alhassan honest, which helped set up the running double legs.
He’s still somewhere in the middle of the Welterweight division, but this is a step in the right direction for Akhmedov.
Alhassan is a talented prospect, but it’s also clear that he lacks a great deal of experience. He made it far too easy for his opponent to get in on his hips, resulting in easy takedowns. Alhassan did a great job of standing up from his back, but that’s exhausting, and denying the initial takedown would have been far easier.
Instead, Alhassan continued to overreach on his right hand and throw naked kicks. He made Akhmedov’s strategy easy to execute, which meant that the Dagestani athlete did not fatigue as much.
Hopefully, Alhassan takes this as a learning experience and fights a bit more measured next time around.
At UFC Fight Night 109, Omari Akhmedov ground out his undefeated opponent. Who should the Dagestani fighter face next?
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