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Friday's ACA 145 lineup set, featuring Murad Abdulaev vs. Vitaly Slipenko

Bout streams live via pay-per-view from Saint Petersburg, Russia.
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The welterweight bout between Russian middleweights Murad Abdulaev (21-9) and Vitaly Slipenko (14-4) will be the main event of the upcoming ACA 145 tournament, which will take place on Friday, September 23 in the northern capital of Russia in Saint Petersburg at Sibur Arena.

Slipenko was supposed to fight in a long-awaited rematch with Chersi Dudaev. But due to injury, Dudaev is out indefinitely. Now Slipenko is about to face a top ACA fighter and to be tested to the limit in a fight with one of the best strikers of the promotion, a knockout artist and former ACA welterweight champion Abdulaev.

Slipenko, nicknamed "Wife's Lion," became known to the public after making a marriage proposal to his current wife. The fighter made it in a cage right after the victory over Dudaev. Vitaly held his last fight on February 2022 in Moscow at the ACA 136 tournament by defeating Stefan Sekulich via technical knockout in the second round. At the ACA 137 tournament on March 2022, Abdulaev scored a unanimous decision victory over Alfredo Souza

Additionally, former ACA heavyweight champion, 265-pound American "Hulk" Tony Johnson (16-6-1) returns to Russia to rematch with Evgeny Goncharov (16-3) at ACA 145.

Initially, the fight was supposed to take place on August 27 at the ACA 143 tournament, but Johnson did not have enough time to get a visa due to an increase in visa processing period and couldn’t make the flight to Russia.

Goncharov and Johnson met twice, and the first fight was no contest. But in their second fight, Goncharov captured the championship belt, winning by a decision. The Russian did not hold the belt for long and lost his title to his compatriot Mukhumat Vakhaev. Tony captured the belt and held it since 2020, successfully defended it twice, but lost it in the spring of 2022 in a fight against Salimgerei Rasulov. The professional record of the "Hulk" includes victories over such fighters as Alexander Volkov, Derrick Lewis and Denis Smoldarev. In 2018 Aleksander Emelianenko barely managed to hold a draw fight against Johnson, but the American literally turned the opponent's face into a "bloody mess".

ACA 145 streams live at ACA-MMA.com.

The complete ACA 145 lineup includes:

  • Murad Abdulaev vs. Vitaly Slipenko
  • Evgeny Goncharov vs. Tony Johnson
  • Georgiy Kichigin vs. Ciro Rodrigues
  • Musa Khamanaev vs. Sergey Klyuev
  • Kurban Taygibov vs. Cleverson Silva
  • Nikita Chistyakov vs. Francisco Maciel
  • Aren Akopyan vs. Kylymbek Altymysh
  • Evgenii Erokhin vs. Elmar Gasanov
  • Rousimar Palhares vs. Yuri Virchakov
  • Charles Henrique vs. Alexander Podlesnyi