The Russians are coming

The Russian-based Absolute Championship Berkut’s debut on UK soil has been officially confirmed to take place on the 1st of October, at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow. Although there are still some blank spaces left, the fight card already looks promising. The tickets for the event by ACB, which is one of the top 5 largest MMA promotions worldwide, are released today.

Previously announced was the lightweight bout Norman Parke vs. Andrew Fisher. Parke who returns to the cage for the first time after leaving the UFC and Fisher won both his last fights is definitively an auspicious match-up. Alongside to the ticket release the ACB now also announced the following fights:

Lightweight – Ryan ‘Big Baby’ Scope vs. Yusup Umarov

After a two year break undefeated Ryan Scope(8-0) returns to the cage where he will meet the ruthless Russian Yusup Umarov(8-1). ‘Big Baby’ has not entered the octagon for so long due to an injury but still continued to train – in particular as UK featherweight Brendan Loughnane’s major training partner. Prior his hiatus, the Englishman was handled “one of the rising prospects in European MMA.” On the other side of the cage we will see “an excellent striker with the ability to put anyone in his weight class to sleep” – Yusup Umarov. The Russian already fought twice this year and neither one of his opponents survived the first round. Anyway, the fact that Scope and Umarov together show a record of fourteen finishes does not suggest a full three round fight.

Welterweight – Danny ‘The Cheesecake Assassin’ Mitchell vs. Jake ‘Brutal’ Bostwick

The all-British clash between the UK fan favourite Mitchell and his brutal compatriot will be one of the nights highlights. ‘The Cheesecake Assassin’ already fought for UFC and Bellator and showed a mesmerising performance at Bellator 158 in London, when he finished CJ Meeks with a hardly-ever-seen twister submission. The contender Bostwick has not been defeated since December 2010 when he beat Denniston Sutherland at UCMMA 11. ‘Brutal’ certainly will do everything to extend his winning streak in Glasgow to 11 fights in a row.

Middleweight – Lee ‘The Butcher’ Chadwick vs. Ibragim Chuzhigaev

Also the next fight announced is between an Englishman and a Russian. For Lee ‘The Butcher’ Chadwick, who comes from “the formidable Altherton Submission Wrestling camp under head coach Daren Morris” this will be fight no. 34. And apparently he is in great shape, as out of his last twelve fights only two were losses. Still it will not be easy against Ibragim Chuzhigaev, “a natural and aggressive striker who mixes up excellent combinations with a pace and has a gas tank that has seen many of his opponents wilt under the pressure.” The last three fights of his five fight win streak the Russian finished in the first round. With Chadwick and Chuzhigaev who are both eager on a finish we are to expect “fireworks” in the octagon on October 1st.

Big names like Whiteford, Parke, Rogers and Wilkinson have already been dropped and moreover during the next few weeks further match ups are to be announced. So be prepared Glasgow – the Russians are coming!

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