Askar Askarov
Bullet

Russia

Fortunate to emerge with draw
FlyweightUFC
September 21, 2019
Askarov and Brandon Moreno fought to a split decision draw (28-28, 29-28, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Mexico City.
ANALYSIS
Askarov's UFC debut was underwhelming and a couple questionable scorecards from the judges were the only reason he is leaving Mexico City with his perfect record intact. The Russian newcomer leaned on the takedown early and often in his company debut. He landed four of his 11 tries, but did stunningly little with his positional advantage. His effectiveness waned following a reasonable effective first round. Askarov's reputation is that of a ground specialist with a limited amount of power in his hands and that's what we saw on Saturday. Quite frankly, the soon-to-be 27-year-old didn't earn the draw that he received.
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First UFC bout booked
FlyweightUFC
July 11, 2019
Askarov has agreed to fight Brandon Moreno at UFC Mexico City on Sept. 21, Marc Raimondi of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Askarov signed with the promotion on Thursday and wasted no time getting him his first fight in the octagon. Competing mainly under the well-respected ACB promotion, Askarov worked his way to a 10-0 professional record. He brings the stopping power UFC President Dana White would like to see in the smaller weight classes, as all 10 of Askarov's victories have been either by way of knockout or submission. His opponent, Moreno, re-signed with the UFC on Thursday after being dropped by the promotion in late 2018. It's still unclear what the future of the flyweight division is, so the winner here could very well be forced to move up to bantamweight if they want to continue their run with the UFC. Askarov stands at just 5-foot-5, so it could be a tough ask.
Inks deal with UFC
FlyweightUFC
July 11, 2019
Askar signed a deal with the UFC on Thursday to complete in the flyweight division, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Askarov has competed under the ACB promotion for most of his career, and he boasts a flawless 10-0 record as a professional. It's unclear when Askarov's first fight under the UFC banner will be, but the signing helps improve the promotion's flyweight division immensely.