Omari Akhmedov


Drops decision to former champ
August 9, 2020
Akhmedov lost to Chris Weidman via unanimous decision (27-29, 27-29, 28-29) at UFC on ESPN+ 32 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Despite the loss, Akhmedov was still able to score via 33 significant strikes, four takedowns and an advance. All four of those takedowns came in Round 2, where he also generated 25 of his significant strikes. Unfortunately for Akhmedov, that was the only round he was able to take from the former champion. Weidman won this fight largely by using his grappling to rack up control time, never really allowing Akhmedov to get his striking going. The loss snaps a three-fight winning streak for Akhmedov. Each of his last seven fights have gone to the judges.
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Lining up versus Weidman in August
June 16, 2020
Akhmedov and Chris Weidman agreed to a middleweight bout at UFC's untitled event August 8, Mike Bohn of USA Today reports.
Akhmedov has won his past three fights, including a unanimous victory over Ian Heinisch at UFC 245 in December. Weidman has lost five of his last six fights and struggled in his move to light heavyweight, so he's dropping back down to middleweight in an attempt to get back on track.
Continues roll at UFC 245
December 14, 2019
Akhmedov defeated Ian Heinisch via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 245 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Akhmedov continues to go about his business despite little fanfare. A winner of three fights in a row and without a loss (5-0-1) dating back to April 2016, Akhmedov outworked Heinisch in Rounds 1 and 2 before letting taking his foot off the gas in Round 3. Thankfully for the big Russian, he had already done enough to secure the judge's decision. Akhmedov is in an interesting spot moving forward. He isn't going to wow anyone with his athleticism or brute strength, but he is calm and composed inside the octagon and isn't going to beat himself. Akhmedov has traditionally struggled when tasked with facing better competition, so it will be interesting to see who the UFC matches him up against next.
Draws Heinisch at UFC 245
December 2, 2019
Akhmedov will take on Ian Heinisch in a middleweight matchup at UFC 245 on Dec. 14, reports.
Akhmedov enters this matchup having won back-to-back fights and four of his last five overall in the Octagon. He'll sport slight height and reach advantages, in addition to a major statistical edge in offensive wrestling. Heinisch has faced quality competition during his brief, three-fight UFC run, but has been taken down a combined 11 times over that stretch. While Heinisch has slightly better striking numbers, that may not matter if the younger Akhmedov can impose his will and get this bout to the mat early.
Uses takedowns to full advantage
September 7, 2019
Akhmedov defeated Zak Cummings via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at The Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
Akhmedov seemed to be opening up a bit too much in Round 1 but was able to avoid the counter from then on, which allowed him to land the better shots while also scoring takedowns. This fight won't show up on many highlight reels, but it must be said that Akhmedov did what he needed to do to win. He improves to 19-4-1 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
Draws Cummings at UFC 242
June 27, 2019
Akhmedov will take on Zak Cummings in a middleweight matchup at UFC 242 on Sept. 7 in Abu Dhabi, Farah Hannoun of reports.
Akhmedov has skated by with an undefeated record over his last four fights, all of which have gone to the judges. That streak includes both a split-decision win and a majority draw, and with the exception of the win over Abdul Razak Alhassan, none of those fights were particularly fantasy-friendly. Akhmedov is a well-rounded fighter that can win with both striking and wrestling, as he sports superior statistics to Cummings in terms of both volume and accuracy. His takedown defense sits at a below-average 58 percent, but that's due largely to a 2015 fight against Mats Nilsson where he was taken down five times. Since then, his opponent has not been credited with a takedown in seven consecutive fights.