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2020 Olympic medalist Bekzod Abdurakhmonov to battle for Fight FC, units sights on UFC

An Olympic medalist has his sights set back on MMA – and the UFC. Uzbekistan’s Bekzod Abdurakhmonov, a bronze medalist in the 2020 Olympic games in 74kg freestyle wrestling, will compete June 16 against Derik de Freitas in a welterweight bout, which takes place at Combat FC 4 in Wilmington, Mass., promotion officials Friday informed

2020 Olympic medalist Bekzod Abdurakhmonov to battle for Fight FC, units sights on UFC


An Olympic medalist has his sights set again on MMA – and the UFC.

Uzbekistan’s Bekzod Abdurakhmonov, a bronze medalist within the 2020 Olympic video games in 74kg freestyle wrestling, will compete June 16 in opposition to Derik de Freitas in a welterweight bout, which takes place at Combat FC 4 in Wilmington, Mass., promotion officers Friday knowledgeable MMA Junkie.

The cardboard, which might be promotion’s fourth since it’s June 2022 launch by longtime MMA promoter Joe Cavallaro, will stream on UFC Fight Pass.

Abdurakhmonov (7-0) competed in MMA from 2012-2017 with seven skilled victories and two newbie wins throughout that stretch. Regardless of his wrestling base, Abdurakhmonov solely went to the judges’ scorecards as soon as as a professional, with three knockouts and three submissions on his resume to this point.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 19: Bekzod Abdurakhmonov of Uzbekistan defeats Jordan Ernest Burroughs of the USA in the course of the Males’s 74kg Repechage Wrestling match on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Video games at Carioca Area 2 on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Picture by Alex Livesey/Getty Photographs)

His MMA stint got here whereas he medaled on the worldwide stage within the World Championships, Asian Video games, and Asian Championships – the latter two the place he received a gold medal in 2014.

In 2020, Abdurakhmonov co-medaled with American Kyle Dake after victories over Franklin Gomez, Augusto Midana, and Daniyar Kaisanov.

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Along with his 2020 medal-earning Olympic run, Abdurakhmonov competed within the 2016 Olympic Video games in Rio de Janeiro when he tech-falled match favourite Jordan Burroughs. To at the present time, Abdurakhmonov is the one man to take action. Abdurakhmonov went on to compete within the bronze medal sport, however got here up quick.

On battle night time, Abdurakhmonov will tackle the gritty Brazilian fighter de Freitas (7-5), who will look to shock the world. De Freitas has competed solely on the Brazilian regional scene and the June 16 bout will mark his United States debut.

With the addition, the total Combat FC 4 lineup consists of:

  • Kemran Lachinov vs. Jonathan Piermsa – for welterweight title
  • Kris Moutinho vs. TBA
  • Randy Costa vs. Carlos Espinosa
  • Saul Almeida vs. Nate Ghareeb
  • Bekzod Abdurakhmonov vs. Derik de Freitas
  • Abbas Abasov vs. Travis Demko
  • Leonardo Ladeira vs. Robert Wusstig
  • Sage Philippe vs. Aaron Trecell
  • Paul Teague vs. Jon Viruet
  • Yann Oliveira vs. Stephen Stengel

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