Russia’s Abusupyan Alikhanov booked his BRAVE CF Middleweight world title struggle following a dominating unanimous determination victory over wild card and the uber-dangerous, Mzwandile Hlongwa from South Africa at BRAVE CF 64 yesterday.
Heading into the bout, it was Alikhanov who had extra to lose as he was coming in because the BRAVE CF number-one contender within the Middleweight division whereas his opponent lurks on the outskirts of the highest 5 rankings. Nonetheless, the Russian not solely cemented his standing as next-in-line, but additionally confirmed the remainder of the division that he’ll tackle anybody at any time to show his mettle and worthiness of preventing for the vacant BRAVE CF Middleweight belt.
Alikhanov placed on a three-round blended martial arts clinic that included the best degree of grappling/wrestling. It’s no secret that Hlongwa’s bread and butter is the stand-up sport and out of doors of two moments the place he appeared to rock his opponent, he struggled to diffuse the wrestling prowess of his Russian opponent who reminded BRAVE NATION why he’s on the high of the 185-pound division.
Alikhanov showcased his proficient mindset, exhibiting nice protection, lateral motion and slips on the stand-up, ready patiently earlier than implementing big takedowns over the course of three rounds earlier than attending to work and initiating a ground-and-pound over Hlongwa. The South-African confirmed huge enhancements in his takedown and grappling protection, nonetheless, Alikhanov was at all times one step forward. Near the top of the struggle, and with two rounds down, Hlongwa was pressured to go in for a stoppage win, nonetheless, Alikhanov didn’t hesitate to ship out a ‘don’t get too shut’ warning to Hlongwa through some stunning twister and sidekicks, proving that he’s actually no slouch on the stand-up as effectively.
Alikhanov – who’s now unbeaten in his final 5 fights – is almost definitely to face South Africa’s number-two ranked BRAVE CF Middleweight, Chad Hanekom or Russia’s number-three ranked Rustam Chsiev for the belt quickly.
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Following yesterday’s occasion, BRAVE CF 65: Rumble within the Kingdom takes place this Friday, October twenty eighth concluding the epic nine-day Kombat Kingdom competition. For extra info on BRAVE CF’s Kombat Kingdom sequence, go to www.bravecf.com.
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