Omari Akhmedov
Lakec
Runs undefeated streak to four
MiddleweightUFC
March 9, 2019
Akhmedov defeated Tim Boetsch via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Wichita, Kansas.
ANALYSIS
Akhmedov is going to be upset that he didn't earn the stoppage against his washed up opponent, but he won this fight going away. Knowing full well that Boetsch is unable to defend himself in the later stages of his career, Akhmedov allowed Boetsch to continue to push forward before popping him with counter shots. Akhmedov's future isn't particularly bright, but he's light years better than Boetsch and he proved it on Saturday. The Dagestani is undefeated (3-0-1) in his last four bouts.
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Matched against Tim Boetsch
MiddleweightUFC
January 8, 2019
Akhmedov will take on Tim Boetsch in a middleweight fight at UFC Wichita on March 9.
ANALYSIS
Akhmedov is on a three match unbeaten streak (which includes one draw) but was away from the octagon for all of 2018 due to injury. He'll return with a potentially friendly matchup, as the 37-year-old Boetsch has been struggling for some time, losing eight of his last 13 matches.
Withdraws from UFC Moscow
MiddleweightUFC
September 5, 2018
Akhmedov has withdrawn from UFC Moscow due to an undisclosed injury, Damon Martin of UFC.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Akhmedov was originally slated to battle C.B. Dollaway, but will have have to delay his next Octagon appearance after suffering some sort of injury. Considering specifics haven't been released, a timetable for his next fight is very much unclear, so it's simply a situation to monitor for the time being. Akhmedov currently owns a 17-4 career record, but is coming of a majority draw versus Marvin Vettori back in December of 2017. With Akhmedov out, Artem Frolov is expected to enter the fight on short notice and take on Dollaway.
Booked for UFC's first trip to Russia
MiddleweightUFC
June 28, 2018
Akhmedov will take on C.B. Dollaway in a middleweight matchup on the UFC's Sept. 15 card in Moscow, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Akhmedov is unbeaten in his last three UFC bouts, most recently fighting Marvin Vettori to a majority draw at UFC 219. He was able to to record three or more takedowns in each of his prior three fights, but was unable to secure a single one against Vettori, opting instead to stay on the feet and look for power shots. This strategy did not serve him well, as he ran out of gas and appeared to lose the later rounds. He'll need to refine his cardio if he wants another victory, and one way to do that is to lean on his wrestling more. That may be a challenge, however, as Dollaway has been taken down just once in his last five UFC fights, though he sports just a 2-3 mark over that span.
Handed medical suspension
MiddleweightUFC
January 3, 2018
Akhmedov was hit with an 180-day medical suspension following his fight with Marvin Vettori on Saturday, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Akhmedov fought Vettori to a majority draw at UFC 219 in Las Vegas, which has to be considered a fortunate result for "Lakec" after he clearly ran out of gas in the second half of the bout. He will be required to seek clearance on a left hand injury that he sustained during the fight. If he's unable to gain clearance, he will be sidelined from all active competition until June 30.
Fights Marvin Vettori to draw at UFC 219
MiddleweightUFC
December 30, 2017
Akhmedov and Marvin Vettori fought to a majority draw (28-28, 28-29, 28-28) at UFC 219 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was an entertaining fight in which both men were lucky to see the final bell. Clearly loading up on every single shot that he threw, Akhmedov's gas tank quickly evaporated and he found himself struggling immensely in the second half of the fight. He continued to land his fair share of damage but it was obvious Akhmedov wasn't half as effective as he was early on. In fact, he is probably fortunate that he ended up with a draw. The 30-year-old Russian is now riding a 3-fight unbeaten streak which came on the heels of a brief 2-fight losing streak.