Omari Akhmedov


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.
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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.
Runs undefeated streak to four
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.
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.
Matched against Tim Boetsch
January 8, 2019
Akhmedov will take on Tim Boetsch in a middleweight fight at UFC Wichita on March 9.
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
September 5, 2018
Akhmedov has withdrawn from UFC Moscow due to an undisclosed injury, Damon Martin of reports.
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
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.
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.