Absolute Championship Akhmat

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Absolute Championship Akhmat (ACA), formerly known as Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB), is a Russian mixed martial arts, kickboxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu organization and one of the leading promotions in Europe.[1] To date, most events have been hosted in Grozny, Russia. ACA has also held events in other Russian cities, as well as in Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Scotland, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

Absolute Championship Akhmat
Current season, competition or edition:
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SportMixed martial arts
Founded2014; 8 years ago (2014)
FounderMairbek Khasiev
CountryRussia
HeadquartersGrozny, Chechnya
Official websitewww.aca-mma.com/en

HistoryEdit

Absolute Championship BerkutEdit

ACB was founded by Mairbek Khasiev, a citizen of Chechnya. In 2009, he founded the Berkut Fight Club in Grozny which helped young fighters get the opportunity to compete at the highest level.

Several fighters who were successful in ACB have gone on to sign with more well known promotions such as the UFC. ACB had its own fight team, the Fight Club Berkut, which consisted of some of the promotion's fighters, such as Beslan Isaev, Magomed Bibulatov, Musa Khamanaev and Aslambek Saidov. ACB co-operated with other promotions in Europe by exchanging fighters, for example KSW and The Cage. ACB ran the majority of its shows live on a variety of TV networks (Match TV, Polsat Sport) throughout Europe. The promotion ran its shows live internationally on its Facebook page.

International ExpansionEdit

The 2017 campaign featured 27 events spanning across thirteen countries, including the United States, Austria, Poland, England, Tajikistan, Belarus, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Canada, Brazil, Germany, Australia and Russia.

TECH-Krep FC purchaseEdit

On September 12, 2018, Mairbek Khasiev revealed that Absolute Championship Berkut had purchased TECH-Krep FC.[2] Khasiev went on to explain that TECH-Krep FC would cease operation and cancel their October 26 event, and that former Tech-Krep FC head Alexey Yatsenko would become the president of ACB.

WFCA acquisition and integrationEdit

On November 28, 2018, the Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov announced that the Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB) and the World Fighting Championship Akhmat (WFCA) would merge to form a single promotion.[3]

US SanctionsEdit

On December 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Treasury announced sanctions against ACA and Akhmat MMA due to their ownership by Kadyrov. Due to this, no American citizen or company can do business with them, meaning all American fighters could face fines or jail time if they fight for the organization.[4] Brett Cooper was the first fighter to pull out of his fight at ACA 116: Froes vs Balaev due to the sanctions.[5]

RosterEdit

List of eventsEdit

Scheduled eventsEdit

ACA
No. Event Date Venue Location
1 ACA 128: Froes vs. Makashvili September 11, 2021 Falcon Arena   Minsk, Belarus
2 ACA 129: Sarnavskiy VS. Magomedov September 24, 2021   Moscow, Russia
3 ACA 130: Vagaev vs. Gadzhidaudov October 4, 2021   Grozny, Russia
4 ACA 131: Abdulvakhabov vs. Dias November 5, 2021   Moscow, Russia

Current championsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Division Champion Since Defenses
Heavyweight   Salimgerey Rasulov March 26, 2022 0
Light Heavyweight   Muslim Magomedov July 16, 2021 1
Middleweight   Magomedrasul Gasanov April 9, 2021 1
Welterweight   Abubakar Vagaev February 26, 2021 0
Lightweight   Abdul-Aziz Abdulvakhabov September 19, 2020 1
Featherweight   Magomedrasul Khasbulaev March 26, 2021 1
Bantamweight   Oleg Borisov March 26, 2022 0
Flyweight   Imran Bukuev February 26, 2022 0

RankingsEdit

The rankings for the ACA's fighters are both recorded and updated when information has been obtained from the ACA's website.[6]

ACA Rankings
Rank Heavyweight Light Heavyweight Middleweight Welterweight
C   Salimgirey Rasulov   Muslim Magomedov   Magomedrasul Gasanov   Abubakar Vagaev
1   Tony Johnson Jr.   Grigor Matevosyan   Salamu Abdurahmanov   Ustarmagomed Gadzhidaudov
2   Mukhumat Vakhaev   Leonardo Silva   Rafał Haratyk   1   Ali Bagov
3   Evgeniy Goncharov   Oleg Olenyechev   3   Abdul-Rahman Dzhanaev   2   Andrei Koshkin   1
4   Alikhan Vakhaev   Evgeniy Egemberdiev   1   Artem Frolov   (3) Gadzhimurad Khiramagomedov   1
5   Adam Bogatyrev   Artur Astakhov   1   Ibragim Magomedov   1   Chersi Dudaev
6   Daniel James   Amirkhan Guliev   1   Nikola Dipchikov   4   Vitaliy Slipenko
7   Denis Smoldarev   Goran Reljić   Vitaly Nemchinov   Altynbek Mamashov
8   Dmitry Poberezhets   Elkhan Musaev   Valery Myasnikov   Tilek Mashrapov   2
9   Ruslan Magomedov   Murat Gugov   Husein Kushagov   Stanislav Vlasenko   1
10   Michal Martínek   Adlan Ibragimov   Murad Abdulaev   Khuseyn Khaliev   1
Rank Lightweight Featherweight Bantamweight Flyweight
C   Abdul-Aziz Abdulvakhabov   Magomedrasul Khasbulaev   Oleg Borisov   Imran Bukuev
1   Alexander Sarnavskiy   Felipe Froes   Magomed Bibulatov   Kurban Gadzhiev
2   Yusuf Raisov   Salman Zhamaldaev   Rustam Kerimov   Charles Henrique   1
3   Artem Reznikov   Alihan Suleimanov   Deivi Daniel Oliveira de Almeida   Murad Zeinulabidov   1
4   Eduard Vartanyan     Andrey Goncharov   Akhmed Musakaev   Josiel Silva   2
5   Hacran Dias   1   Islam Omarov   Islam Meshev   Rasul Albaskhanov   1
6   Amirkhan Adaev   1   Apti Bimarzaev   Shamil Shakhbulatov   1   Azamat Pshukov   1
7   Rashid Magomedov   1   Bibert Tumenov   Cleverson Silva   1   Aren Akopyan
8   Daud Shakhaev   Tural Ragimov   Tomáš Deák   1   Maycon Silvan
9   Aurel Pîrtea   Alexey Polpudnikov   Maharbek Karginov     Azam Gaforov
10   Pavel Gordeev     Abdul-Rakhman Dudaev   Murad Kalamov   Osimkhon Rakhmonov  

Championship historyEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Heavyweight ChampionshipEdit

over 93 kg (over 205 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current   Salimgerey Rasulov ACA 138
  Grozny, Russia
March 26, 2022
7   Tony Johnson
def. Daniel Omielańczuk
ACA 114
  Łódź, Poland
November 26, 2020

1. def. Dmitry Poberezhets at ACA 121 on Apr. 23, 2021 in Minsk, Belarus
2. def. Mukhumat Vakhaev at ACA 132 on Nov. 19, 2021 in Minsk, Belarus

Mukhamad Vakhaev vacated the title in March 2020 when he chose to test the free agency after the end of his contract with ACA .
6   Mukhamad Vakhaev ACA 104
  Krasnodar, Russia
February 21, 2020
5   Evgeny Goncharov
def. Tony Johnson
ACA 97
  Krasnodar, Russia
August 31, 2019
Evgeny Goncharov and Tony Johnson fought to a no contest at ACA 96, leaving the belt vacated.[7]
ACB and WFCA merging to become ACA.
4   Mukhomad Vakhaev ACB 67
  Grozny, Russia
August 19, 2017

1. def. Sergey Bilostenniy at ACB 90 on Nov. 10, 2018 in Moscow, Russia

3   Denis Goltsov ACB 50
  Saint Petersburg, Russia
December 18, 2016
2   Salimgerey Rasulov ACB 29
 Warsaw, Poland
February 6, 2016
1   Zelimkhan Umiev
def. Israfil Makhashev
ACB 9
 Grozny, Russia
June 22, 2014

Light Heavyweight ChampionshipEdit

93 kg (205 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current   Muslim Magomedov
def. Evgeny Egemberdiev
ACA 126
  Sochi, Russia
July 16, 2021 1. def. Grigor Matevosyan at ACA 137 on March 6, 2022 in Krasnodar, Russia
Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov vacated the title when he signed for the Bellator MMA.
5   Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov
def. Karol Celinski
ACA 92
  Warsaw, Poland
February 16, 2019

1. def. Alexey Butorin at ACA 103 on December 14, 2019 in Saint Petersburg, Russia

ACB and WFCA merging to become ACA.
4   Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov ACB 86
  Moscow, Russia
May 5, 2018
3   Batraz Agnaev ACB 65
  Sheffield, England
July 22, 2017
2   Thiago Silva
def. Jared Ferguson
ACB 51
  Irvine, California United States
January 13, 2017
Gadzhimurad Antigulov vacated the title when he signed for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
1   Gadzhimurad Antigulov
def. Ruslan Khaskhanov
ACB 9
  Grozny, Russia
June 22, 2014

1. def. Muslim Makhmudov at ACB 35 on May 6, 2016 in Tbilisi, Georgia

Middleweight ChampionshipEdit

84 kg (185 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current   Magomedrasul Gasanov
promoted to undisputed champion
ACB 121
  Minsk, Belarus
April 9, 2021 1. def. Abdul-Rakhman Dzhanaev at ACA 135 on January 28, 2022 in Grozny, Russia
Salamu Abdurakhmanov vacated the title due to health reasons
Interim   Magomedrasul Gasanov
def. Nikola Dipchikov
ACB 121
  Minsk, Belarus
April 9, 2021
3   Salamu Abdurakhmanov
def. Brett Cooper
ACA 95
  Moscow, Russia
April 27, 2019

1. def. Valery Myasnikov at ACA 102 on November 29, 2019 in Almaty, Kazakhstan

ACB and WFCA merging to become ACA.
2   Albert Duraev
def. Vyacheslav Vasilevsky
ACB 77
  Moscow, Russia
December 23, 2017

1. def. Piotr Strus at ACB 89 on Sept. 8, 2018 in Krasnodar, Russia

Anatoly Tokov vacated the title when he signed for M-1 Global.
1   Anatoly Tokov
def. Arbi Aguev
ACB 38
  Rostov-on-Don, Russia
May 20, 2016

Welterweight ChampionshipEdit

77 kg (170 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current   Abubakar Vagaev ACA 118
  Moscow, Russia
February 26, 2021
6   Murad Abdulaev
def. Ali Bagov
ACA 110
  Moscow, Russia
September 5, 2020
Albert Tumenov vacated the title in November 2019 when he chose to test the free agency after the end of his contract with ACA .
5   Albert Tumenov
def. Murad Abdulaev
ACA 95
  Moscow, Russia
April 27, 2019

1. def. Beslan Ushukov at ACA 102 on November 29, 2019 in Almaty, Kazakhstan

ACB and WFCA merging to become ACA.
4   Albert Tumenov
def. Ciro Rodrigues
ACB 89
  Krasnodar, Russia
September 8, 2018
Mukhamed Berkhamov was stripped of the title after his refusal to accept 3 title defense match ups
3   Mukhamed Berkhamov ACB 67
  Grozny, Russia
August 19, 2017
2   Brett Cooper
def. Aslambek Saidov
ACB 50
  Saint Petersburg, Russia
December 18, 2016
Albert Duraev was stripped of the title due to him missing weight and his eventual move up to Middleweight.
1   Albert Duraev
def. Ustarmagomed Gadzhidaudov
ACB 22
  Saint Petersburg, Russia
September 12, 2015

1. def. Michail Tsarev at ACB 35 on May 6, 2016 in Tbilisi, Georgia

Lightweight ChampionshipEdit

70 kg (155 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current   Abdul-Aziz Abdulvakhabov
def. Alexander Sarnavskiy
ACA 111
  Moscow, Russia
September 19, 2020

1. def. Hacran Dias at ACA 131 on November 5, 2021 in Moscow, Russia

Title vacated after Bagov moved up to welterweight.
3   Ali Bagov
def. Khuseyn Khaliev
ACA 99
  Moscow, Russia
September 27, 2019
ACB and WFCA merging to become ACA.
2   Ali Bagov ACB 89
  Krasnodar, Russia
September 8, 2018
Interim   Eduard Vartanyan
def. Andrey Koshkin for interim title
ACB 71
  Moscow, Russia
September 30, 2017
1   Abdul-Aziz Abdulvakhabov
def. Ali Bagov
ACB 9
  Grozny, Russia
June 22, 2014

1. def. Eduard Vartanyan at ACB 32 on March 26, 2016 in Moscow, Russia
2. def. Ali Bagov at ACB 48 on Oct. 22, 2016 in Moscow, Russia
3. def. interim champion Eduard Vartanyan at ACB 77 on Dec. 23, 2017 in Moscow, Russia

Featherweight ChampionshipEdit

66 kg (145 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current   Magomedrasul Khasbulaev
def. Felipe Froes
ACA 120
  Saint Petersburg, Russia
March 26, 2021

1. def. Ramazan Kishev at ACA 131 on November 5, 2021 in Moscow, Russia

Felipe Froes was stripped of the title after he missed weight
5   Felipe Froes ACA 100
  Grozny, Russia
October 4, 2019
4   Salman Zhamaldaev
def. Marat Balaev
ACA 93
  Saint Petersburg, Russia
March 16, 2019
ACB and WFCA merging to become ACA.
3   Yusuf Raisov ACB 86
  Moscow, Russia
May 5, 2018
Interim   Yusuf Raisov
def. Alexander Peduson
ACB 77
  Moscow, Russia
December 23, 2017
2   Marat Balayev
def. Yusuf Raisov
ACB 50
  Saint Petersburg, Russia
December 18, 2016

1. def. Adlan Bataev at ACB 61 on May 20, 2017 in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Zabit Magomedsharipov vacated the title when he signed for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
1   Zabit Magomedsharipov
def. Sheikh-Magomed Arapkhanov
ACB 31
  Grozny, Russia
March 29, 2016

1. def. Valdines Silva at ACB 45 on September 17, 2016 in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Bantamweight ChampionshipEdit

61 kg (135 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current   Oleg Borisov ACA 138
  Grozny, Russia
March 26, 2022
6   Magomed Bibulatov ACA 120
  Saint Petersburg, Russia
March 26, 2021
5   Daniel Oliveira
def. Shamil Shakhbulatov
ACA 105
  Almaty, Kazakhstan
March 6, 2020

1. def. Abdul-Rakhman Dudaev at ACA 112 on October 4, 2020 in Grozny, Russia

Rustam Kerimov vacated the title in December 2019 when he chose to test the free agency after the end of his contract with ACA .
4   Rustam Kerimov
def. Abdul-Rakhman Dudaev
ACA 93
  Saint Petersburg, Russia
March 16, 2019

1. def. Francisco Maciel at ACA 103 on December 14, 2019 in Saint Petersburg, Russia

ACB and WFCA merging to become ACA.
3   Rustam Kerimov
def. Oleg Borisov
ACB 83
  Baku, Azerbaijan
March 24, 2018
Petr Yan vacated the title when he signed for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
2   Petr Yan ACB 57
  Moscow, Russia
April 15, 2017

1. def. Matheus Mattos at ACB 71 on September 30, 2017 in Moscow, Russia

1   Magomed Magomedov
def. Petr Yan
ACB 32
  Moscow, Russia
March 26, 2016

1. def. Oleg Borisov at ACB 50 on December 18, 2016 in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Flyweight ChampionshipEdit

57 kg (125 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current   Imran Bukuev
def. Aren Akopyan
ACA 136
  Moscow, Russia
February 26, 2022
Azamat Kerefov vacated the title in October 2021 when he chose to test the free agency.
3   Azamat Kerefov
def. Mansur Khatuev
ACA 104
  Krasnodar, Russia
February 21, 2020

1. def. Kurban Gadzhiev at ACA 113 on November 6, 2020 in Moscow, Russia
2. def. Rasul Albaskhanov at ACB 127 on August 28, 2021 in Krasnodar, Russia

Yunus Evloev vacated the title in December 2019 for health reasons.
2   Yunus Evloev
def. Josiel Silva
ACA 95
  Moscow, Russia
April 27, 2019

1. def. Azam Gaforov at ACA 99 on September 27, 2019 in Moscow, Russia

ACB and WFCA merging to become ACA.
1   Askar Askarov
def. José Maria Tomé
ACB 48
  Moscow, Russia
October 22, 2016

1. def. Anthony Leone at ACB 58 on April 22, 2017 in Khasavyurt, Russia
2. def. Rasul Albaskhanov at ACB 86 on May 5, 2018 in Moscow, Russia

KickboxingEdit

Heavyweight ChampionshipEdit

120 kg (265 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current   Tsotne Rogava ACB KB 15
  Moscow, Russia
April 20, 2018
1   Jhonata Diniz
def. Kirk Krouba
ACB KB 6
  Brussels, Belgium
June 5, 2016

Middleweight ChampionshipEdit

84 kg (185 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current   Artem Levin
def. Igor Bugaenko
ACB KB 15
  Moscow, Russia
April 20, 2018

Welterweight ChampionshipEdit

77 kg (170 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current   Perviz Abdullayev
def. Islam Baibatyrov
ACB KB 15
  Moscow, Russia
April 20, 2018

Brazilian jiu-jitsuEdit

GI Heavyweight ChampionshipEdit

120 kg (265 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current   Marcus Almeida ACB JJ 13
  Long Beach, United States
May 5, 2018
2   João Gabriel Rocha ACB JJ 10
  São Paulo, Brazil
January 26, 2018
1   Luiz Panza
def. Alexander Trans
ACB JJ 5
  Warsaw, Poland
June 22, 2014

GI Light Heavyweight ChampionshipEdit

95 kg (209 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current   Felipe Pena
def. Adam Wardziński
ACB JJ 12
  Almaty, Kazakhstan
April 14, 2018

GI Middleweight ChampionshipEdit

85 kg (187 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current   Leandro Lo
def. Gabriel Arges
ACB JJ 13
  Long Beach, United States
May 5, 2018

GI Welterweight ChampionshipEdit

75 kg (165 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current   Lucas Lepri ACB JJ 14
  Moscow, Russia
June 30, 2018
1   Davi Ramos
def. Edwin Najmi
ACB JJ 11
  Badalona, Spain
March 3, 2018

GI Lightweight ChampionshipEdit

65 kg (143 lbs)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current   Paulo Miyao
def. Augusto Mendes
ACB JJ 10
  São Paulo, Brazil
January 26, 2018

1. def. Osvaldo Moizinho at ACB JJ 12 on April 14, 2018 in Almaty, Kazakhstan

GI Featherweight ChampionshipEdit

60 kg (132 lbs)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current   João Miyao
def. Samir Chantre
ACB JJ 12
  Almaty, Kazakhstan
April 14, 2018

1. def. Ary Farias at ACB JJ 14 on June 30, 2018 in Moscow, Russia

Grand Prix championsEdit

Weight Class Champion Runner-up Event Date Tournament Bracket
ACB Heavyweight GP 2015   Salimgerey Rasulov   Michał Andryszak ACB 24: Grand Prix 2015 Finals Stage 2 October 24, 2015 ACB Heavyweight Grand Prix 2015 bracket
ACB Light Heavyweight GP 2015   Muslim Makhmudov   Husein Kushagov ACB 24: Grand Prix 2015 Finals Stage 2 October 24, 2015 ACB Light Heavyweight Grand Prix 2015 bracket
ACB Middleweight GP 2015   Anatoly Tokov   Arbi Aguev ACB 38: Breakthrough May 20, 2016 ACB Middleweight Grand Prix 2015 bracket
ACB Welterweight GP 2015   Albert Duraev   Ustarmagomed Gadzhidaudov ACB 22: Grand Prix 2015 Finals Stage 1 September 12, 2015 ACB Welterweight Grand Prix 2015 bracket
ACB Lightweight GP 2015   Ali Bagov   Eduard Vartanyan ACB 22: Grand Prix 2015 Finals Stage 1 September 12, 2015 ACB Lightweight Grand Prix 2015 bracket
ACB Featherweight GP 2015   Zabit Magomedsharipov   Abdul-Rakhman Temirov ACB 24: Grand Prix 2015 Finals Stage 2 October 24, 2015 ACB Featherweight Grand Prix 2015 bracket
ACB Bantamweight GP 2015   Petr Yan   Murad Kalamov ACB 24: Grand Prix 2015 Finals Stage 2 October 24, 2015 ACB Bantamweight Grand Prix 2015 bracket
ACB Flyweight GP 2015   Velimurad Alkhasov   Ruslan Abiltarov ACB 26: Grand Prix 2015 Finals Stage 3 November 28, 2015 ACB Flyweight Grand Prix 2015 bracket

Notable fightersEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

KickboxingEdit

Brazilian jiu-jitsuEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Zidan, Karim (2014-12-22). "Ripe with ambition, ACB President Bekhan Khasiev confident his promotion will garner international recognition". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2016-11-30.
  2. ^ "ACB purchases TECH-Krep FC". sports.ru. September 12, 2018.
  3. ^ https://tass.ru/sport/5847959
  4. ^ "The Dictator's Dilemma: How U.S. sanctions will impact Ramzan Kadyrov's MMA aspirations". bloodyelbow.com. 16 December 2020.
  5. ^ "Американский боец отказался выступать в Absolute Championship Akhmat из-за санкций". tass.ru.
  6. ^ "Rankings | ACA". www.aca-mma.com. Retrieved 2020-11-25.
  7. ^ "Tony Johnson: I want a rematch!". Absolute Championship Akhmat. June 13, 2019.

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