On Saturday, Kazan will host ACA 142, which will feature 10 fights that include the participation of some of the organization's top athletes. In Tatarstan, where the Absolute Championship Akhmat tournament will be held for the second time, football, volleyball and basketball have massive followings, but there is currently a huge rise of interest in mixed martial arts in the region.
In the main fight of the tournament, fans will see a five-round fight between ACA welterweight contenders Ustarmagomed Gadzhidaudov (14-6) and Azamat Amagov (13-2). Both athletes are known for theur spectacular fights in the cage. Amagov is the cousin of former UFC fighter Adlan Amagov.
In the co-main event, the audience will have an interesting confrontation between the ex-champions of the two organizations: the undefeated Russian Rustam Kerimov (16-0) and the Slovak Tomas Deak (22-11-1). Kerimov held the ACA title and successfully defended it in 2019 but vacated the belt at the end of his contract. Deak is the ex-champion of the Russian league Fight Night Global, who also left the organization undefeated and has been fighting in the ACA since 2020.
The main card also features an interesting confrontation between two MMA veterans who have tremendous experience. An American fighter of Georgian origin who has competed in various organizations in the past, including the UFC, Levan Makishvili (19-5-1) will fight with Azerbaijani fighter Tural Ragimov (21-7).
Makishvili has a good wrestling base and is distinguished by his aggression. At 33, he continues to perform at a serious level. In 2016, he inflicted the first defeat on the famous Rasul Mirzaev. Meanwhile, Ragimov also has extensive experience in MMA, competing since 2010. The former interim champion of the M-1 Challenge, feels comfortable both in the standup and on the ground. The 34-year-old fighter.
The complete ACA 142 lineup includes:
- Ustarmagomed Gadzhidaudov vs. Azamat Amagov
- Tomas Deak vs. Rustam Kerimov
- Levan Makashvili vs. Tural Ragimov
- Andrey Kalechits vs. Lenar Suleimanov
- Aurel Pirtea vs. Ayndi Umakhanov
- Ruslan Abiltarov vs. Mansur Khatuev
- Myrzamedin Pazylov vs. Osimkhon Rakhmonov
- Abubakar Mestoev vs. Denis Silva
- Mikhail Dolgov vs. Irwing Machado
- Renato Gomes Gabriel vs. Bai-Ali Shaipov