With the hangover of UFC 244, the promoter ended up this weekend in Russia at CSKA Moscow Arena to offer perhaps the best billboard of the three visits that have occurred since he debuted in this country. On the main date of the evening, Zabit Magomedsharipov he measured the talented Calvin Kattar in a decisive meeting to elucidate what will be the future of the featherweight division. Although neither fighter is still a big star, This fight has created an unexpected expectation among the most knowledgeable fans of this sport And that the fight was three rounds instead of five for the sudden withdrawal of a titular protagonist. The decision to pass this fight to the main event was taken in a short space of time and the protagonists had trained to fight three rounds.
In a very technical fight Magomedsharipov took the victory by decision of the judges by taking the first two rounds and losing the third. Magomedsharipov did very well at first to use its length advantage and, like Moican When he faced Kattar, attacking his opponent with strong kicks to prevent him from developing his dangerous boxing. In addition, Magomedsharipov tried unsuccessfully until the third assault to take the fight to the ground, where in principle its superiority was to be greater.
When Magomedsharipov is in an offensive situation, and especially if his opponent offers him time and space to work, it is a joy to see him fight. It is possible to highlight a combination executed by the Russian in the first assault where he attacked his opponent with a spectacular elbow to then release a hook to the liver. Zabit is an equally talented fighter for grip. Their demolitions, like their blows, tend to be striking. He is an expert in sweeps of feet in open spaces, as he demonstrated in the second round, although he could not take advantage of it by not establishing a position on the ground.
Kattar was very inactive in the first two rounds, without releasing many hits. The American throws very fast and precise hands, skills that make him one of the fighters with the best boxing, not only in the featherweight division, but the entire UFC.
The disadvantage of the striking style of Magomedsharipov is that tends to slow down as the fight progresses. So in the third round, the initiative was already starting with Kattar who ended up hurting the Russian with a solid punch. Luck for Zabit that he was able to find a demolition and that the last minute of the battle transpired on the ground with the Russian in a dominant position. If the match had been five rounds the predictions would be victory for the American.
The Russian star that could reign in the UFC
The featherweight division is full of new talents and the Russian Zabit Magomedsharipov, who has taken a place in the headlines for a long time, could be the greatest exponent. Magomedsharipov grabbed fans' attention as he made his way into the Russian MMA scene. His physical appearance, similar to that of Abraham Lincoln, did not make him go unnoticed, and his remarkable performances beating tough competitors without reporting many problems and chaining amazing finishes magnetized the focus on his figure. Once he reached the octagon, Magomedsharipov continued with his tonic: beating tough opponents of the noble part of the category. His great test as an elite fighter came when he faced and beat impressively Jeremy Stephens last march. After confirming his worth against Kattar, the Russian reaffirms the forecasts that predict a certain future in the category.
In the co-star fight, Alexander Volkov he took the victory in a boring fight simply keeping his distance and scoring more than Greg hardy which showed no ability to stand out to change the situation. The Russian was to lead this evening against Junior dos Santos, but an infection contracted by the Brazilian in one of his legs canceled the interesting stake.
Volkov officially used the low kicks and their largest wingspan to keep Hardy at bay during the entire fight. The American made explosive incursions to enter the distance of the Russian although with little success. In addition, one of the impacts of his punches broke his hand in the first round. The only positive for Hardy is that he finished the fight against an elite fighter of the division without finishing knocked out.
UFC has done everything possible to raise Greg Hardy but the former star of the NFL has not responded adequately to the expectations created. And it is that the clear reality is that the American does not have much to offer, except his knocking-out power. At the same time, as soon as the fights begin to turn against him, he quickly loses his head, as when he hit with a clearly illegal knee to be disqualified from Allen Crowder or when he used an inhaler in between the assaults in his fight against Ben Sosoli.
In the rest of the billboard we must highlight the spectacular KO of Danny Roberts Survived by a fulminating left-handed crochet in an encounter blow before the advance of Zelim Imadaev while they engaged in an exchange in the second round.
In the preliminaries, the Russian Magomed Ankalaev He appeared in the promoter achieving a spectacular KO started with a frontal kick to the face of Dalcha Lungiambula and topped with a string of final blows.