Omari Akhmedov


Battles through adversity in win
January 20, 2021
Akhmedov defeated Tom Breese via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 1:41 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Island 8 on Wednesday.
Akhmedov went for the takedown early and was able to end up on top after escaping a guillotine attempt. He certainly didn't waste that top position, landing some big ground-and-pound while racking up control time. It's a faster pace than we're used to from Akhmedov, but it seemed to work to his advantage (though it may have drained the gas tank). Breese was eventually able to reverse position and threaten with a heel hook before taking the back of a tired Akhmedov in the ensuing scramble. Akhmedov entered Round 2 on the wrong side of the momentum equation, and quickly found himself in a Breese calf slicer attempt. He escaped and ended up in a favorable top position that allowed him to sink in a fight-ending arm-triangle choke. It wasn't always pretty, but Akhmedov got the job done as a slight betting underdog.
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Fight bumped back
January 12, 2021
Akhmedov's scheduled fight against Tom Breese will now take place Jan. 20.
The fight was initially set to take place Saturday but will be bumped back by four days. A reason for the switch was not disclosed.
Fight with Breese set for January
December 7, 2020
Akhmedov (undisclosed) agreed Monday to face Tom Breese (12-2-0) in a middleweight fight at the UFC's Jan. 16 event, Marcel Dorff of reports.
Following his unanimous-decision loss to Chris Weidman on Aug. 9, Akhmedov (20-5-1) had agreed to a Dec. 12 fight with Ronaldo Souza, only to back out in October due to an unspecified reason. Akhmedov's addition to the Jan. 16 card implies that whatever issue prevented him from fighitng Souza is no longer a concern. "Wolverine" owns an 8-4-1 record since making his UFC debut in November 2013.
Possible fight with Jacare scrapped
October 13, 2020
Akhmedov is out of a proposed Dec. 12 middleweight matchup against Ronaldo Souza, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
There hadn't yet been official confirmation of the proposed matchup between Akhmedov and Souza, but it ultimately won't go through as planned due to undisclosed reasons on the side of Akhmedov. The report suggests Marvin Vettori will be called upon to face Souza in his stead.
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.
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.