© AFP 2019 / Mike LawrieBOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: Calvin Kattar celebrates his win by TKO against Shane Burgos in their Featherweight fight during the UFC 220 at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Mike Lawrie/Getty Images/AFP
Sergey Astakhov. The Russian fighter of the mixed single combats (MMA) Scored Magomedkerimov and American Kelvin Ketter will perform in the main battle of the third in the history of the UFC in Russia, which will be held on Saturday in Moscow on ice arena “Park of Legends”.
The tournament will host 13 fights, with the participation of 13 Russians. Seven games will be pre-card, six – in-chief.
Pending the fight was the main
Magomedkerimov is the fifth number one UFC Featherweight champion, his opponent had 11. On account of the Russian fighter of 17 victories and one defeat in his career, the American has won 20 matches and three defeats. These opponents had to fight at the UFC on 18 October, but the bout was postponed due to health problems Magomedkerimov.
Initially, the battle between Magomedsalam and Cattenom was not the main Saturday program. The highlight of the evening featured a meeting of Russian Alexander Volkov with Brazilian Junior DOS Santos. But due to injury the South American organizers had to redraw the mesh of the tournament.
“Russia has to fight doubly responsibly, especially in the main fight of the evening. But I’ll be glad to speak to his audience. Support really feels, try to justify this trust,” said Magomedkerimov during an open training session on Wednesday. Under the auspices of the UFC he has won all five fights.
“I just feed off the energy of those who support Full, and intends to return to US with victory. Thank Sabitu for taking this fight. He deserves to fight with the soldiers of the top-5 ranking, but he will come to fight with me. And I intend to take his position,” said Katter. Both fighters at the weighing ceremony on Friday showed the same weight – 66,2 kg.
Wolves is out for blood American football player
Wolves were supposed to participate in the main fight on the UFC in April in St. Petersburg, but was forced to withdraw due to health problems. Now 31-year-old athlete will perform in Moscow in the second most important battle Saturday. After the injury, Junior DOS Santos, his opponent in the octagon in soglasna fight was the American Greg hardy.
“Wolves is a true legend of the sport, I could not miss this challenge. I really liked it in Russia, you can wait in our battle and blood show,” said hardy. Former American football player career spent seven fights, winning six and lost one. Last fight hardy was declared invalid.
“Try not to be distracted by these words, whatever that meant – attacks or some kind of praise – said seventh number one UFC heavyweight wolves. – Many rivals in the heavy division refused to go to Russia, and hardy came in and saw what kind of support our soldiers. I think his respect is including with the understanding that he is not at home. Probably, in his own words he is not talking to me, but to the fans who in this respect it could support”.
During his career in MMA, the Russians won 30 wins, seven losses. “Of course, all of this will, only blood (will) not mine,” Volkov said in answer to hardy, who has promised that it will show blood and show in the octagon.
At the ceremony of weighing the weight of the Russians amounted to 113,8 kg, American – is 120.2 kg.
MMA in Russia could become bigger than football
Preliminary card consists of the following bouts: Magomed Alkalaev – Dalcha Lugemwa, Rustam Khabilov – Sergei Khandozhko, Roman Kopylov – Carl Roberson, Abubakar Nurmagomedov – David Zavada, Alexander Yakovlev – Roosevelt Roberts, Gregory Popov – Davey Grant, Jessica-rose Clark – penny Ceased. Abubakar, a cousin of the champion of UFC Habib Nurmagomedov, will debut in the organization.
“Of course, Abubakar talented, but I think that a significant role in his debut in the UFC played Habib, whose name is very significant in Russia and around the world. But aboubakar has earned this chance and I am glad to be his first opponent in the League,” said Zavada RIA Novosti.
The main card, in addition to the two main fights, as follows: Shamil Gamzatov – of Clemson Abreu, Ramazan Emeev Tony Martin, Hadith Ibragimov – ed Herman, Selim Imadaev – Danny Roberts.
“Mixed martial arts has a chance to become the second, third, and perhaps the first sport in Russia. Ticket prices for the tournament in Moscow will be from two thousand to 32 thousand rubles. Will be a large number of tickets available, I think that due to the high excitement they will be sold out in a few hours”, – noted Vice-the President of UFC in Russia Andrey Gromkovskiy in September.
“The event in St. Petersburg in April went well. Spoke with colleagues from the industry sales of tickets, and they were amazed at how we were able to sell almost all the tickets, despite their high price. In Moscow, we are optimistic, expect 10 thousand people. Very high rush for tickets. Plans to hold two events in Russia in the year remain. Can consider holding the tournament in another country, ” he added.