Sergey Khandozhko


Suffers first UFC loss
November 9, 2019
Khandozhko lost to Rustam Khabilov via unanimous decision (27-30, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Moscow, Russia.
It's rare to see a fighter with a 188-56 edge in the total strike department drop a clear unanimous decision, but that's what happens when you can't defend a takedown. Coming off a unanimous decision win over Rostem Akman in his UFC debut in June, Khandozhko was unable to keep that momentum going against a much more talented opponent than he saw his first time out. Khandozhko has a nice frame (6-foot-1) for the welterweight division and a decent all-around game, but he has never defeated anyone of note despite the fact he has 26 professional victories and his record is barely over .500 (5-4) dating back to June 2015.
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Set to fight at UFC Moscow
October 14, 2019
Khandozhko will take on Rustam Khabilov in a lightweight bout at UFC Moscow on Nov. 9, reports.
Khandozhko defeated Rostem Akman via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 153 in June, and will look to continue his winning streak against Khabilov, who lost to Diego Ferreira via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 145 in February. Khandozhko, who carries a 26-5-1 record as a professional fighter, has a height advantage and a slight reach advantage over Khabilov.
Withdraws from UFC Vancouver
September 7, 2019
Khandozhko was forced to withdraw from his fight against Michel Pereira UFC Vancouver due to visa issues, Aaron Bronsteter of reports.
With just a week until the fight was supposed to happen, Khandozhko had to drop out. The UFC is looking to replace Khandozhko for the fight on Sept. 14.
Scheduled for UFC Vancouver
August 1, 2019
Khandozhko will take on Michel Pereira at UFC Vancouver on Sept. 14.
Khandozhko required the full three rounds to take home a victory via unanimous decision in his debut. Things ended much more abruptly for his opponent Pereira in his debut, as he ended the fight with a flying knee just 1:47 into it. Both fighters have a fairly diverse history of victories, so there's a number of ways this bout could come to a conclusion.
Figures out opponent late
June 1, 2019
Khandozhko defeated Rostem Akman via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night 153 in Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday.
Khandozhko looked to be having trouble with the aggressiveness of his short-notice replacement early but was able to find his distance late to repeatedly pick his opponent off with hard shots when he was coming in. While it was an impressive performance, Khandozhko seemed to be going to the left hook very often, which may indicate that he doesn't have much diversity in his striking. He improves to 26-5-1 in professional MMA as a result of the victory
To remain on Stockholm card
May 26, 2019
Khandozhko will now take on Sweden native Rostem Akman at UFC Stockholm on June 1, Nolan King of Flocombat reports.
Khandozhko was at risk of being taken off the card, as his originally scheduled opponent, Bartosz Fabinski, withdrew due to undisclosed reasons. Less than a week ahead of the fight date, however, the UFC found and signed an opponent that is 5-0 as a professional. The fact Akman is a native of Stockholm allowed him to get this fight on short notice in a situation where many fighters would have had to deal with visa issues. Anything can happen when two relative unknowns take the cage in this prelim bout, so it's no surprise betting odds have yet to be released.