30-Year-Old UFC Welterweight 17-4-1
January 3, 2018 Omari Akhmedov News
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Akhmedov was hit with an 180-day medical suspension following his fight with Marvin Vettori on Saturday, MMAFighting.com reports.
Akhmedov fought Vettori to a majority draw at UFC 219 in Las Vegas, which has to be considered a fortunate result for "Lakec" after he clearly ran out of gas in the second half of the bout. He will be required to seek clearance on a left hand injury that he sustained during the fight. If he's unable to gain clearance, he will be sidelined from all active competition until June 30.
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Fantasy AnalysisIt was an entertaining fight in which both men were lucky to see the final bell. Clearly loading up on every single shot that he threw, Akhmedov's gas tank quickly evaporated and he found himself struggling immensely in the second half of the fight. He continued to land his fair share of damage but it was obvious Akhmedov wasn't half as effective as he was early on. In fact, he is probably fortunate that he ended up with a draw. The 30-year-old Russian is now riding a 3-fight unbeaten streak which came on the heels of a brief 2-fight losing streak.
Fantasy AnalysisAkhmedov is riding a two-fight winning streak after giving Abdul Razak Alhassan his first career loss in May. The Russian fighter holds a 17-4 professional record (5-3 UFC) with victories that suggest an all-around skillset. The American Top Team product lands an average 3.41 takedowns per fight with 54 percent accuracy, which should make for a good matchup against Vettori, who boasts a 75 percent takedown defense.
Fantasy AnalysisThis was an interesting fight to score. Both fighters were throwing heavy leather on the feet, and Alhassan got the better of the exchanges. However, whenever Alhassan got anything going, Akhmedov would shoot for a takedown and take top position. He never really landed anything huge from the top, but it was enough to sway the judges. Akhmedov improved his UFC record to 5-3 with the win.
Fantasy AnalysisAkhmedov has been with the UFC since 2013 and has faced some key names such as Gunnar Nelson and Sergio Moraes, but has been largely inconsistent over the last few years. The American Top Team product will have an experience advantage, though momentum lands on the side of Alhassan, who is 7-0 in his career with a 100 percent KO/TKO rate.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter a strong first round, Akhmedov held on to take the decision victory. In the first round, he landed a series of punches that appeared to hurt Noke. He continually scored with a takedowns and dominated the fight. Akhmedov really needed this win after dropping back-to-back fights against Sergio Moraes and Elizeu Zaleski. The Russian is now 4-3 in the UFC after making his debut in 2013.
Fantasy AnalysisWhat a disappointment for Ahkmedov. He was likely up two rounds to none over Moraes and well on his way to a decision, but he kept his hands low in exchange along the fence, ate one huge right hand from Moraes and a brief flurry later, referee Jason Herzog was stepping in to call of the contest. Akhmedov has plenty of holes in his game, but his striking defense generally isn't one of them. It's a terrible loss for Akhmedov in what was an easily winnable fight.
Fantasy AnalysisBoth fighters are riding a win streak of two or more fights, but Akhmedov's slightly superior striking and takedown ability are likely what make him the favorite in this contest. Despite being five years younger than Moraes, Akhmedov is the more experienced fighter, holding a professional record of 15-2.
Fantasy AnalysisAkhmedov is on the rise in the welterweight division, scoring victories in three of his last four bouts. He'll now face an equally hot fighter, as Moraes is riding a three-fight winning streak. The two will help set the table for a main event that features a strawweight bout between Paige VanZant and Rose Namajunas.
Fantasy AnalysisOne huge kick by Akhmedov seemed to dislocate Ebersole's right knee and he was unable to continue after the first round ended. Akhmedov was submitted by Gunnar Nelson in March 2014, but he's looked completely dominant in his other three UFC bouts. He is one of several emerging fighters in the UFC from the Dagestan Republic in Russia.