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SHAMIL ABDURAKHIMOV

AGE

37

RECORD

20-4-0

REACH

76"

HEIGHT

6'3"

WEIGHT

261LBS

STANCE

ORTHODOX

CAMP

PERESVET FT

HOMETOWN

MAKHACHKALA, DAGESTAN, RUSSIA

Fighter Highlights

RECENT FIGHTS

LAST FIGHT APRIL 2019 UFC FIGHT NIGHT 149 – VS MARCIN TYBURA

RESULT – WON VIA 2nd RD TKO (PUNCHES)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stances. Tybura comes out light on his feet. Abdurakhimov opens the fight with a body punch. Tybura is holding his hands low. He takes the outside position. Abdurakhimov is pressing forward. He moves in and lands a left hook. Abdurakhimov quickly closes the distance but eats a nice right hand counter form Tybura! Abdurakhimov is very aggressive. He is pressing forward with the punches. Nice jab to the body lands for Abdurakhimov. Tybura moves into the pocket and eats a hard uppercut! Abdurakhimov is landing cleaner shorts so far. He sticks with the jab. Tybura has a hard time closing the distance without taking any damage. Good timing on the right hand by Abdurakhimov. He is slowly picking Tybura apart. Abdurakhimov fires an overhand right and losses his balance. He is back on his feet. Tybura steps in but Abdurakhimov counters with a quick two-punch combo. The speed in his punches is insane so far. Halfway in, Tybura takes the center. Abdurakhimov scores with a hook to the body. Tybura has no answer on the feet. He clinches but Abdurakhimov snaps his head back with a hard uppercut! Tybura starts throwing faints. Abdurakhimov explodes and lands a big right hand! Tybura absorbs. Tybura pushes forward but eats a two punch combo! Tybura is very open during his attacks. He is holding his hands wide open. Abdurakhimov is timing the counters perfectly so far. 1 min to go, Stiff jab snaps the head back of Tybura! Tybura explodes with the right and misses. Abdurakhimov is showing nice head movement in this round. He is clearly pushing for the knockout blow. Abdurakhimov sticks with the jab. He lands a nice straight right hand as the round ends. 10-9 Abdurakhimov

Rd 2 – They are back in the center. Nice jab lands for Abdurakhimov. He explodes with the spinning back kick to the body and lands! Abdurakhimov is very creative. He is looking more confident and focused. Tybura continues to miss with the single shots. He lands a kick to the body but eats a right counter form Abdurakhimov! Another right lands for Abdurakhimov! Abdurakhimov catches the kick and pushes for the takedown. Tybura defends the takedown and they are back standing. 1st min in, Abdurakhimov continues to work the body of Tybura. He is setting up the power right over the top with the jab to the body. Tybura doesn’t offer any offense so far. Abdurakhimov level changes for a takedown. Tybura shows his takedown defense and defends. Big spinning back fist lands for Abdurakhimov! He is on fire in this fight! Halfway in, Tybura pushes with the kick. Abdurakhimov catches the kick and lands a right hand over the top. Tybura finally connects with a right hand. Abdurakhimov responds with a body punch. Big left hand hurts Tybura!! Tybura is on the retreat!!! He is on the wobbly legs!!! Abdurakhimov moves in for a kill with more punches!!! Tybura is knocked out!!!

WATCH FIGHT

SEPTEMBER 2018 UFC FIGHT NIGHT 136 – VS ANDREI ARLOVSKI

RESULT – WON VIA 3rd RD DECISION (UNANIMOUS)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stances. Arlovski takes the outside position. Both fighters are bouncing on their feet. Arlovski is heavy on the lead leg. Abdurakhimov closes the distance and initiates the clinch. Arlovski lands a knee to the body and separates. Abdurakhimov catches the kick and scores the takedown. However, he doesn’t follow Arlovski to the mat and allows him to stand. Arlovski moves in with the right hand but Abdurakhimov initiates the clinch. 1st min in Arlovski separates from the clinch. Abdurakhimov pushes with the right hand and trips Arlovski down to the mat. Abdurakhimov takes the guard position. Arlovski is controlling the left arm of Abdurakhimov. Abdurakhimov stays busy with the short punches. However, he has a hard time posturing up and landing some ground and pound. Arlovski is doing a good job controlling him from the bottom position. Halfway in, Abdurakhimov is landing nice short body-head punches. The referee warns the fighters to work. He stops the fight due to inactivity. The fight continues in the center. Big head kick partially blocked by Abdurakhimov! Arlovski is looking for the openings. He charges forward with the right hand but Abduarkhimov ducks under and initiate the clinch. He separates and lands a nice left hook. 1 min to go, Arlovski is constantly missing with the punches. He drops Abdurakhimov with the inside leg kick! Abdurakhimov stands and clinches as Arlovski separates. Both fighters are flat-footed. Arlovski is throwing faints. He moves in and lands a short right hand. 10-9 Abdurakhimov

Rd 2 – Abdurakhimov takes the center. He opens the round with a leg kick and moves in for a clinch against the fence. Arlovski is trying to reverse the position but Abdurakhimov drags him to the center. Both fighters are looking strong in the clinch. Arlovski lands an illegal knee to the groins. The referee stops the fight and gives Abdurakhimov time to recover. The fight continues in the center. Both fighters are respecting the power of each other. 1st min in, Arlovski lands a front kick to the leg. Abdurakhimov reads the kick and capitalizes with the takedown. Abdurakhimov is in the guard position. Abdurakhimov is putting hard pressure on Abdurakhimov. The referee warns them to work. Abdurakhimov is passive from the top. Arlovski crawls to the fence but he starts eating hard right hands from Abdurakhimov! Arlovski explodes back to his feet and separates. Halfway in, Arlovski starts pressing forward. He has a hard time connecting in this round. Both fighters are slowing down a little bit. Abdurakhimov closes the distance and clinches. He is feeling comfortable fighting a wrestling match. However, Arlovski trips Abdurakhimov down to the mat! He fails to secure the position and they are back on their feet. Arlovski continues with the pressure. Both fighters are missing with the punches. 1 min to go, Abdurakhimov presses for a clinch but eats a nice right hook counter from Arlovski. They are back in the clinch. Both fighters are using a lot of energy in the clinch. Arlovski judo throws Abdurakhimov to the mat! Great move by Arlovski! He lands a big right hand as the round ends! 10-9 Arlovski

Rd 3 – Abdurakhimov takes the center. He explodes with the spinning back elbow and partially lands! Arlovski pushes forward and initiates the clinch. He is looking for another trip takedown. Abdurakhimov defends and separates. They are back in the center. Both fighters exchange right hands. Abdurakhimov is looking like a fresher fighter. 1st min in, Arlovski moves in with the uppercut but finds himself in the clinch once again. Abdurakhimov separates. Nice left hand lands for Arlovski. His boxing is looking better in this round. Abdurakhimov wants a clinch battle. Arlovski is doing a good job avoiding. He lands a nice right hook. Both fighters are looking tired. They are in each other’s face. Halfway in, Neither fighter wants to press forward. Abdurakhimov moves in and lands an eye poke. The referee stops the fight and gives Arlovski time to recover. The fight continues in the center. A nice step in right hand to the body lands for Arlovski. Abdurakhimov responds with the clinch. Arlovski separates. Abdurakhimov is taking the initiative. Abdurakhimov pulls the trigger and fires a right hand! Arlovski ducks under and initiates the clinch. Abdurakhimov lands another kick to the groins. The referee stops the fight once again. The fight continues in the center. 1 min to go, Abdurakhimov is controlling the center for the entire round. Abdurakhimov steps in but Arlovski lands a nice counter right hand. He is doing a good job countering the attacks in this round. He steps in guns blazing but eats a right hand from Abdurakhimov! Arlovski absorbs. He initiates the clinch in the last 10 seconds of the fight. 10-9 Abdurakhimov

WATCH FIGHT

NOVEMBER 2017 UFC FIGHT NIGHT 122 – VS CHASE SHERMAN

RESULT – WON VIA 1st RD KO (PUNCHES)

Analysis

Rd 1 – Both fighters in the orthodox stance. Sherman is very light on his feet. Abdurakhimov explodes and lands a left hand! Sherman absorbs the shot well. Sherman lands a stiff jab. Sherman is moving to his right. Abdurakhimov explodes and lands another hard left hook! Hard step in left hook lands for Abdurakhimov! Abdurakhimov fires the overhand right and connects! Sherman is hurt! Hard left hand lands for Abdurakhimov! Sherman legs are gone! The referee stops the fight!!!

WATCH FIGHT

RECORD BREAKDOWN

24 MATCHES 20 WINS 4 LOSSES
KNOCKOUT 9 2
SUBMISSION 4 1
DECISION 7 1
DRAWS
NO CONTEST

 

FIGHTER THINGS TO NOTE

  • Abdurakhimov is the aggressive knockout artist with good wrestling offense.
  • He is the former ADFC Heavyweight Champion and the Sanshou Russian National Champion (five-time).
  • Abdurakhimov is the Master of sports in Kickboxing and Wushu Sanda.
  • Adburakhimov has very good standup skills. His boxing is sharp and he covers the distance well.
  • He has a tendency to finish his combinations with a clinch as seen against Arlovski.
  • Against Arlovski, he was holding his hands wide which left him open for the uppercuts and step in punches.
  • Abdurakhimov was looking sharp against Tybura. His boxing combinations were perfect and he was very accurate.
  • He has shown great footwork and head movement against Tybura.
  • He has a lot of power in his right hand as seen against Sherman.
  • Abdurakhimov has a powerful wrestling offense as seen against Arlovski.
  • However, he is very passive from the top position. The referee had stopped the fight against Arlovski a couple of times because of the inactivity.