Incredible KHK belt gets a worthy winner in undefeated Azamat Murzakanov

The expectations for the unveiling of the most prestigious prize in sports today were enormous. Up until minutes before the final of the KHK World Championship, the world had yet to see the KHK belt in its true glory. It was fitting that the entrance of the glorious belt had a different setting, as it arrived in a helicopter and was taken inside the sold-out Khalifa Sports City Arena for the world to see.

Inside the cage, a match for the ages took place as two battered fighters had to dig deep to find the power and resilience to go through a second battle in the night in order to win the biggest prize of all.

It was Azamat Murzakanov who became the first-ever winner of the KHK World Championship, the best start ever to what promises to become the World Cup of mixed martial arts.

The Russian powerhouse left no doubt of his true value as he ran through top kickboxer Guto Inocente in the semifinals before scoring a KO victory for the ages against Mohammad Fakhreddine in the final bout of BRAVE CF 29, which took place last Friday in Bahrain.

“The Professional” improved his professional record to 9-0, maintained his undefeated status and became the king of the KHK World Championship. If Azamat wins the tournament two more times he will have the right to become the permanent owner of the most prestigious belt in the world, adorned with 6.2 kg of gold.

As he has shown in the two bouts of the evening, such a thought should be taken seriously as he has proved he’s not just raw talent, but a complete fighter and the king of kings in a night that produced several magical moments.

Victor Superman Moreno to FightBookMMA’s Cameron Chrisp On Recent Extreme Kickboxing Middle Weight Title Capture

Victor Moreno (4-0) defeated Chase Bennett (0-1) in a dominant performance to capture the Extreme Kickboxing middleweight championship, in the 3rd round of 5 scheduled October 19th in Jefferson, Iowa. With both men standing well over 6 ft. tall Chase Bennett, in his pro debut proves he’s not worried about accepting huge challenges. Hats off to Bennett for being the man to save this Main Event title fight at the very last minute when it seemed no one else wanted to face the multi time pro MMA champion in Moreno. Considering Moreno’s massive MMA fight experience, having over 60 professional MMA bouts, combined with roughly 100 amateur fights before turning pro, Bennett performed well considering the circumstances.  

Chrisp: Victor give fight fans your perspective on why the fight ended in your opinion, aside from  the official fight result.

Moreno: “He just quit because of frustration, and that shit hurt”

Of course fans always want to see a thrilling conclusion to fights in most cases, Bennett appeared to display good awareness by understanding when enough was enough, and the “risk vs reward”, also the odds of probability involved in this contest. Considering his gaps in training leading up to the fight due to life getting in the way, compounded with not knowing ahead of time he would be fighting, still was able to take the bout into the 3rd round before deciding he was done. Some fans don’t understand fighters at times take fights to support heir families and/or just because they love to compete, vs being in their best shape possible. This was one of those times, after speaking with Bennett (post fight).

Chrisp: What happened to your original opponent Derek Loffer (29-3)

Moreno: I heard he got a fight with Glory next month. So he didn’t want to risk getting injured, beat up, or sore, which is understandable if it’s that or a family member getting ill or something. It’s no big deal he Loffer would be a walk in the park too, so it’s not like the outcome would be any different.

Chrisp: With Loffer getting a offer to fight in Glory Kickboxing considering your situation, that has to be frustrating aside from losing a great opponent, last minute.

Moreno: Dude, it’s all about who you know and what you can do. Back to it, nobody wants to fight a guy with this many fights, and on a roll. That’s a dangerous fight. But whatever, someone will take the bait. We’ll get there (top tier promotions).

Chrisp: Have you thought about defend the belt against next has that been talked about yet or what do you have planned for the future?

Moreno:.  We’ll see I reach out to management people all the time it’s hard to get people to pick up but I’m just going to focus on one thing at a time, Right now I’m choosing on just building a strong group at the gym. I’m hoping to get a good match up around the beginning of the year.

I mean it’s got to start making sense. I know it’s hard to get opponents and everything but both times I fought for them (Extreme Kickboxing), it was a two-day notification, then a 4 day. That’s the story of my career. I just have that honor, if my face is on the poster you are going to see me there, I don’t back out of fights, I know what I’m signing up for.

Chrisp: Do you know what weight you want the next fight to be?

Moreno: I don’t know I perform best at welterweight 170 lb although I did feel pretty damn good at 185 in this last kickboxing fight. I’d like to fight at 170, 175 whatever I can get. Whatever it is, it’ll be a title fight. Whatever it is, you have to offer these guys a trophy or a belt to fight me you know (referring to regional promotions).

Chrisp: Although I know it’s not your style, have you thought of calling anybody out in a bigger promotion to get more attention from bigger promotions?

Moreno: No. I see these guys I’ve fought in the past that I beat or you know are 1-1 (pro) and they are getting signed (speaking of high level promotions). You know I want to fight those guys. Everybody I’ve lost too, I want to fight them. All that other shit, that didn’t count, that wasn’t me I was a lost little kid then. This is different the whole mental game. It’s in me I feel it but I tried to fight everybody but nobody wants to fight (sighs).

Chrisp: Considering most of your experience is an MMA, would you consider kickboxing at a higher level if the opportunity presented itself?

Moreno: I’d love to do kickboxing at a higher level, anything in Combat Sports. I will do anything. I’m always in the gym, I’m always doing something. What I pray for are short notice fights, where here it is take your shot, check it out. That is what I train for all the time. That’s why I’m always in the gym, man. If my number gets called I’m going to answer the damn phone.

Chrisp: You just (unofficially) opened your new gym Absolute Martial Arts and Fitness in Johnston, Iowa for registration, at the start of November. In the past you’ve mentioned your long-term training partners of Miguel Rios, Rakim Cleveland, Chance Cretsinger, Elvis Mutapic among several others. Tell your fight fans a bit more about how you like to train and this new gym.

Moreno: My family and I, built this gym. It’s like a fresh start for a lot of things. Giving the kids something they can do every single day, and enjoy doing it, for myself, and for the MMA community, I’m giving them another outlet here, as a lifestyle. I have so much fighting experience, I don’t need to spar. I love the technique aspect and I love getting in great shape. I will always be in great shape.

When FightBookMMA reached out to Chase Bennett for a statement on the fight and it’s ending, Bennett had stated that he hadn’t fought in over a year, hadn’t been training consistently or at all over the last 3 months but considering he had a child and needed to work more, the fight purse, combined with an offer to compete was too tempting to turn down.

When FightBookMMA asked if Bennett was familiar with Moreno, before taking the fight he replied:

Bennett:  I didn’t do much research on him I heard he was a good fighter, but I needed the money. Usually when I am going to fight I will do a lot of strength and conditioning to build my legs. I will also do a lot of sparring rounds. My body and pain tolerance we’re not in their usual shape.

Chase stating that he was not in as good of shape as he normally would be for fights went on,

Bennett: “I have a lot of fighting experience and knew I could just use a lot of Defense.”

When FightBookMMA caught up with Cox about Moreno’s multiple replacement opponents just days before the show, he stated

Cox: “We were really excited about the Loffer fight, and it sucked to lose it the week of the show. We tried to get Darrius Flowers but he was too heavy. We were lucky to get Chase to step up on a couple days notice and take the fight. Although he is most known as a MMA fighter, Victor is a very accomplished Kickboxer. He simply had too many weapons for Chase to handle and Victor won the fight easily. I really enjoy doing kickboxing events and I really like doing events at Wild Rose Casino. I would like to thank Travis, Billie, and Krystal at Wild Rose Casino for all their help making the shows run smoothly.”

Cox: I really enjoy doing kickboxing events and I really like doing events at Wild Rose Casino. I would like to thank Travis, Billie, and Krystal at Wild Rose Casino for all their help making the shows run smoothly.”

Chrisp:  Tell us your thoughts on how and why the fight ended

Bennett: I started feeling his leg attacks in my knee area, in the third round. I wasn’t willing to risk being injured for a short notice fight, nor did I feel like he deserved to finish me (considering being a late replacement). So I had the ref stop it before something happened to my leg. I would be more than willing to rematch him.

Victor Moreno’s new gym is currently open for registration for new clients and plans a Grand Opening targeted around the beginning of 2020. You can follow Victor at Absolute Martial Arts and Fitness on IG, VMoreno14 on IG, and Victor Moreno on Facebook for more information. You can also go to Absolute-Martial ArtsandFitness.com to review programs, class schedules, and costs.

Chrisp: Closing thoughts?

Moreno: “I want to thank my wife Libby, without her all of this would not be possible.”

(regarding training fulltime/Full time fighter/opening new gym)

For more of your favorite fight news follow the leader in combat sports news FightBookMMA on all social medias and Cameron Chrisp on IG and Facebook.

Legacy Fighting Alliance 78 Official Results

FightBook MMA has your Legacy Fighting Alliance 78 results below. The promotion made its UFC Fight Pass debut on November 15 at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton, Texas.

The main event of LFA 78 featured an exciting back-and-forth bout between Adrian Yanez and Kyle Estrada that saw Yanez take home the split decision victory. The co-main event saw a fight between two prospects in the 135 lbs. division, with Jose Johnson getting a knockout win against Rafael Costa.

LFA 78 results below:

Main Card:

Adrian Yanez defeated Kyle Estrada via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Jose Johnson defeated Rafael Costa via Knockout in Round 1, 1:59

Brant Moore defeated Nation Gibrick via Submission (Arm-Triangle) in Round 1, 3:23

J.P. Buys defeated Cristian Rodriguez via TKO (Punches) in Round 1, 1:13

Vernon Lewis defeated Tra’von Butler via Majority decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28)

Cheyanne Buys defeated Rebecca Adney via Unanimous Decision (30-27,30-27,30-27)

Elijah Johns defeated Mike Murphy via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-37)

Steven Jones defeated Mario Nelson via TKO (Punches) in Round 2, 1:56

Amateur Card:

Michael Duran defeated Artwaun Steele via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round 3, 1:16

Jose Holguin defeated Marquis Jones via Submission (Armbar) in Round 2, 0:29

Official ONE: AGE OF DRAGONS Final Weight and Hydration Results

Beijing, China: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just released the official ONE: AGE OF DRAGONS Final Weight and Hydration Results.

Complete ONE: AGE OF DRAGONS Final Weight and Hydration Results

MAIN CARD

ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Championship (56.8 KG – 61.2 KG):
Ilias Ennahachi (61.2 kg, 1.0152) vs. Wang Wenfeng (61.15 kg, 1.0152)

ONE Light Heavyweight Kickboxing World Championship (93.1 KG – 102.1 KG)
Tarik Khbabez (102.1 kg, 1.0099) vs. Roman Kryklia (101.3 kg, 1.0233)

Muay Thai Catchweight (73.0KG):
Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex(72.8 kg, 1.0095) vs. Jamal Yusupov (73.0 kg, 1.0007)

Mixed Martial Arts Atomweight (47.7 KG – 52.2 KG):
Meng Bo (52.2 kg, 1.0237) vs. Laura Balin (52.05 kg, 1.0244)

Mixed Martial Arts Atomweight (47.7 KG – 52.2 KG):
Ritu Phogat (51.9 kg, 1.0023) vs. Nam Hee Kim (51.6 kg, 1.0132)

Mixed Martial Arts Strawweight (52.3 KG – 56.7 KG):
Miao Li Tao (56.55 kg, 1.0066) vs. Jeremy Miado (55.65 kg, 1.0004)

PRELIMINARY CARD

Kickboxing Featherweight (65.9 KG – 70.3 KG):
Jorina Baars (68.2 kg, 1.0009) vs. Christina Breuer (69.45 kg, 1.0000)

Mixed Martial Arts Featherweight (65.9 KG – 70.3 KG):
Tang Kai (70.0 kg, 1.0009) vs Edward Kelly (69.45 kg, 1.0000)

Mixed Martial Arts Bantamweight (61.3 KG – 65.8 KG):
Yusup Saadulaev (65.8 kg, 1.0103) vs. Daichi Takenaka (65.6 kg, 1.0009)

Kickboxing Catchweight (73.0KG):
Enriko Kehl (72.95 kg, 1.0132) vs. Armen Petrosyan (73.0 kg, 1.0248)

Mixed Martial Arts Strawweight (52.3 KG – 56.7 KG):
Hexigetu (56.5 kg, 1.0183) vs. Ramon Gonzales (55.9 kg, 1.0061)

*Hydration values less than or equal to 1.0250 earn a passing mark, while values greater than or equal to 1.0251 earn a failing mark. Athletes who failed weight and hydration tests on Day 1 or Day 2 are given another chance to clear tests on the morning of the event.

Azamat crowned inaugural KHK World Champion with two vicious performances in one magical night

Azamat Murzakanov maintained his professional record intact and made sure to get the most prestigious prize in sports under his provisional possession with two dominant performances on the same night. At a star-studded BRAVE CF 29, “The Professional” beat Guto Inocente and Mohammad Fakhreddine in the same night to be crowned the new KHK World Champion, making history as the first man to hold the KHK belt, adorned with 6.2 kg, provisionally.

Azamat started off with a cautious yet dominant performance against kickboxer Inocente. Utilizing his wrestling, Murzakanov was able to stifle Guto’s striking and advance to the finals with a unanimous decision after two rounds.

In the other semifinal, Fakhreddine turned his battle with Kleber Orgulho into a brawl and came out victorious, using his leg kicks to set up more vicious strikes.

When the duo met in the final, it was after a parade brought the actual belt to its first live unveiling with a chopper.

In the cage, Azamat’s strength and hands prevailed as he was able to knock out Fakhreddine in the first round after the Lebanese phenom appeared to suffer a leg injury.
In the co-main event of the evening, Hamza Kooheji brought the heat to the Bahraini crowd by turning up to the biggest fight of his life with his most dominant performance. “The Pride of Bahrain” took Nahuel Gandolfi down at will and battered with a tough ground and pound en route to a third-round TKO win.

In a feature Featherweight bout, Dumar Roa achieved the biggest victory of his professional career, as he knocked out former Lightweight world champion Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady with a vicious head kick.

Elsewhere, there were impressive wins for Luana Pinheiro, who knocked out Helen Harper in the first-ever Female bout taking place in Bahrain, and Guram Kutateladze, who flattened Felipe Silva in the first minute of their Lightweight bout.

BRAVE CF 29 results
KHK WC Final – Azamat Murzakanov def. Mohammad Fakhreddine – KO
Bantamweight – Hamza Kooheji def. Nahuel Gandolfi – TKO
Featherweight – Dumar Roa def. Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady – KO
Super Lightweight – Luan Santiago def. Gadzhimusa Gaziev – split decision
Lightweight – Guram Kutateladze def. Felipe Silva – KO
Strawweight – Luana Pinheiro def. Helen Harper – KO
Flyweight – Matiss Zaharovs def. Hussain Ayyad – TKO
Featherweight – Ilia Topuria def. Steven Gonçalves – KO
Flyweight – Amir Albazi def. Ryan Curtis – submission
Bantamweight – Ali Qaisi def. Jeremy Pacatiw – decision
Bantamweight – Kasum Kasumov def. Rany Saadeh – submission
Catchweight (68 kg) – Tae Hyun Kim def. Erick da Silva – decision
Semifinal KHK WC – Azamat Murzakanov def. Guto Inocente – decision
Semifinal KHK WC – Mohammad Fakhreddine def. Kleber Orgulho – TKO

2019 AMATEUR MMA AWARDS: THE WINNERS

Manama: The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) and World Mixed Martial Arts Association (WMMAA) proudly hosted their second Amateur MMA Awards on Thursday night (November 14) in Manama, Bahrain at the Wyndham Grand.

The annual ceremony took place following the Junior finals and Senior Semi-Finals of the IMMAF | WMMAA Unified World Championships. Senior Finals are set to take place on Saturday, November 16.

With a full house of IMMAF | WMMAA leaders, international members, athletes, staff and special guests, the prestigious black-tie occasion celebrated the achievements of athletes, teams and individuals over the past year who contributed to furthering the development of amateur MMA.

See below for a recap of category nominees and winners:

Block A – Member Vote

Voted on by IMMAF-WMMAA members in attendance at the 2018 World Championships during registration. Each nation had 1 vote.

Senior Female Athlete of the Year

• Nina Back (Sweden)
2018 World Championships: silver
2019 European Open: silver

• Alish Smith (Australia)
2019 Oceania Open: gold
2019 Asian Open: gold

• Gase Sanita (New Zealand) – WINNER
2018 World Championships: gold

• Alexandra Kovacs (Hungary)
2018 World Championships: gold

Senior Male Athlete of the Year

• Sola Axel (France) – WINNER
2018 World Championships: Silver
2019 Africa Open: silver
2019 Pan American Open: gold
2019 Oceania Open: gold
2019 European Open: gold

• Pasha Kharkhachaev (Bahrain)
2018 World Championships: gold
2019 Asian Open: gold
2019 European Open: gold

• Bagdat Zhubanysh (Kazakhstan)
2018 World Championships: gold
2019 Asian Open: gold

• Lee Hammond (Ireland)
2018 World Championships: gold

• Delyan Georgiev (Bulgaria)
2018 World Championships: gold
2019 European Open: bronze

Junior Athlete of the Year

• Muhammad Mokaev (UK)
2018 World Championships: gold
2019 European Open: gold

• Shamsutdin Makhmudov (Russia) – WINNER
2018 World Championships: gold
2019 European Open: gold

• Reo Yamaguchi (Japan)
2018 World Championships: silver
2019 European Open: silver

• Megan Morris (UK)
2018 World Championships: gold

• Mahboob Khan Mohammed (India)
2018 World Championships: gold

National Team of the Year

• Bahrain – WINNER
• Russia
• Kazakhstan
• Ukraine
• Ireland

Block B – IMMAF / IMMAF Partner Awards

Elected by IMMAF committees or partners (where marked)

  • Official of the Year: Derek Hickey (Ireland)
  • Cutperson of the Year: Bob Plant (UK)
  • Host Federation of the Year: FIGMMA (Italy)
  • Most Proactive Federation in Coach Education and Training: IMMAFA (Australia)
  • Most Proactive Federation in Implementing the “Technical Progression Scheme”: CMMAF (Cyprus)
  • MyNextMatch Award of Excellence (elected by MyNextMatch): KAZMMA (Kazakhstan)

Block C – Public vote via Social Media

  • Green Hill Performance of the Year (for best performance in a single bout): Salamat Isbulaev (Russia)
  • SafeJawz Golden Mouthguard Award for special commitment to the sport of MMA and embodiment of its core values: Ezekiel Wetere (New Zealand)

VIDEO: Watch UFC on ESPN+ 22 ceremonial fighter weigh-ins live stream at 2 p.m. MT


FightBook MMA has your UFC on ESPN+ 22 ceremonial fighter weigh-ins live stream and you can watch a live video stream at 2 p.m. MT (1 p.m. PT).

The weigh-ins take place at Ginásio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo. UFC on ESPN+ 22 takes place Saturday at Ginásio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo. The card streams on ESPN+. You can check out the early and official UFC on ESPN+ 22 weigh-in results from earlier today by going here.

UFC on ESPN+ 22 weigh-in results:

MAIN CARD
(ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET)

Jan Blachowicz vs. Ronaldo Souza
Paul Craig vs. Mauricio Rua
Jared Gordon vs. Charles Oliveira
Antonio Arroyo vs. Andre Muniz
Markus Perez vs. Wellington Turman

PRELIMINARY CARD
(ESPN+, 5 p.m. ET)

James Krause vs. Sergio Moraes
Eduardo Garagorri vs. Ricardo Ramos
Bobby Green vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Warlley Alves vs. Randy Brown
Renan Barao vs. Douglas de Andrade
Isabella de Padua vs. Ariane Lipski
Tracy Cortez vs. Vanessa Melo