ByRyan Matsunaga, writer at
MMA fan, BJJ enthusiast, and Executive Publisher at Creators Media.
Ryan Matsunaga

Tonight, Times Union Center will host the UFC's Albany, New York debut, headlined by a heavyweight match-up between Derrick "The Black Beast" Lewis and Shamil Abdurakhimov.

UFC Fight Night: Albany

Derrick Lewis is 16-4 in his MMA career and is the former Legacy FC Heavyweight Champion. He is currently riding a four fight winning streak in the UFC, a personal best for him, including one Performance of the Night bonus.

He most recently defeated Roy "Big Country" Nelson in a back-and-forth split decision in July. Lewis is now ranked #10 in the UFC heavyweight division.

  • Derrick Lewis (16-4, 1 No Contest)
  • Age: 31
  • Weight: 264 lbs.
  • Height: 6'3''
  • Reach: 79.0 in

Shamil Abdurakhimov meanwhile just recently cracked the heavyweight rankings, landing at #15 after a split decision victory over Walt Harris in October. Abdurakhimov cut his teeth in the Russian Sanshou scene, becoming a five-time National Champion, eventually leading to an MMA career and an Abu Dhabi Fighting Championship heavyweight title.

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Abdurakhimov is currently 2-1 in his UFC career, having been recruited after a trio of wins on the Russian regional circuit. He is 17-3 overall as a professional.

  • Shamil Abdurakhimov (17-3)
  • Age: 35
  • Weight: 254 lbs.
  • Height: 6'3''
  • Reach: 76.0 in

Also on the card will be a heavyweight match-up between France's Francis Ngannou, currently undefeated in the UFC, and former MFC Heavyweight Champion Anthony Hamilton. Further down the card, The Ultimate Fighter 19 winner Corey Anderson will take on three-time Fight of the Night recipient Sean O'Connell.

On the undercard, surging strawweight Ashley Yoder will make her UFC debut against Justine Kish, who backs up a spotless 5-0 MMA record with a WMC/EMF European Championship belt in Muay Thai.

Full Card

Main Card:

  • Derrick Lewis vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov
  • Francis Ngannou vs. Anthony Hamilton
  • Corey Anderson vs. Sean O'Connell
  • Gian Villante vs. Saparbek Safarov


  • Justine Kish vs. Ashley Yoder
  • Randy Brown vs. Brian Camozzi
  • Joe Gigliotti vs. Gerald Meerschaert
  • Andrew Sanchez vs. Trevor Smith
  • Tiago Trator vs. Shane Burgos
  • Frankie Perez vs. Marc Diakiese
  • Keith Berish vs. Ryan Janes
  • Juliana Lima vs. JJ Aldrich

How to Watch

You can catch all of UFC Fight Night: Albany online as a UFC Fight Pass exclusive.

Elsewhere in the World of MMA

If the Fight Night in Albany isn't enough for you, Victory Fighting Championship 54 will be broadcast live from the Baxter Arena in Omaha, NE that same night, along with an M-1 Challenge event in Russia, and RFA 46 in Branson, Missouri, the promotion's final show before its merger with Legacy FC.


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