Absolute Championship Berkut (#ACB) lived up to their motto of 'Less Show, More Fighting' this evening, with no fewer than seven of the twelve bouts on the #ACB57 fight card finishing inside the distance.
In the main event, the much-hyped rematch between #PetrYan and #MagomedMagomedov lived up to all expectations. Much like their first battle, the two went toe-to-toe across five intriguing rounds of non-stop action.
The champion, Magomedov, set the pace early and looked for takedowns often throughout the first three rounds. Yan was well prepared for this though, and time and time again his takedown defence held firm as he punished Magomedov frequently on the feet.
Yan got the better of the early rounds with his superior stand up, but Magomedov rallied well in the fourth and threatened with what looked like a fight-ending guillotine choke. Yan somehow wriggled free, and he proceeded to finish the round in a dominant position as he put Magomedov down to the mat with a clever trip takedown.
The fifth and final round was very close, with both men visibly weary from the relentless pace of the previous twenty minutes. Both men finished the fight swinging, but just like the first contest between the two, it was left to the judges.
This time around, Yan wasn't to be left disappointed. All three judges gave the nod to the challenger, 48-47.
Petr Yan is the new ACB bantamweight champion.
With the score now one fight a piece, no doubt a third rubber match will be booked sometime in the near future.
Elsewhere on the night, there were fight finishes aplenty.
Ramazan Kuramagomedov got the ball rolling as he defeated GSP's Tristar teammate Yukinori Akazawa with a devastating front kick to the liver.
Alexander Peduson recorded the first submission victory of the night after he locked in a beautiful guillotine choke to get the tap against Rasul Ediev.
Maxim Futin then got the second body shot knockout of the evening, as he downed Isa Umarov with a brutal punch to the solar plexus.
The second submission of the evening came from Mukhamed Kokov, who defeated Akop Stepanyan with a kimura after dominating all three rounds of their middleweight contest.
Azamat Murzakanov then survived an early scare against Georgy Sakaev after he was dropped early by a big overhand right. Murzakanov weathered the storm though, and he recovered well to put Sakaev on his back and pound him with big shots until the referee called a stop to the fight.
Vyacheslav Vasilevskiy overcame a tough first round against Ibrahim Chuzhigaev to pick up rear-naked choke submission win in the second.
The co-main was a bruising affair as Alexander Sarnavskiy was defeated by Eduard Vartanyan. The hometown man Vartanyan dominated the entire fight and finished his man with a rear-naked choke having slammed him to the ground just seconds earlier.
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