Shamil Abdurakhimov
Abrek

Russia

Shows off power striking
HeavyweightUFC
April 20, 2019
Abdurakhimov defeated Marcin Tybura via TKO (punches) at 3:15 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Saint Petersburg.
ANALYSIS
Abdurakhimov became the third-straight fighter on this card to pick up a finish. It took him a round to really find his range, but he was leading throughout the fight. He continually came forward and landed to the head and body. His body work really gave Tybura a lot of trouble, and he struggled to defend. In the second round, Abdurakhimov caught Tybura with a punch that sent him falling back. He caught himself on the fence, but Abdurakhimov was all over him and punched until the stoppage. He is now 5-2 in the UFC and 20-4 overall.
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Defeated former champion Arlovski via unanimous decision in Russia
HeavyweightUFC
September 15, 2018
Abdurakhimov defeated Andrei Arlovski via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Moscow on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
This was an extremely uneventful fight. Neither fighter was hurt or in danger of being finished. Abdurakhimov controlled the fight with a few takedowns, but the referee was constantly threatening to stand the fighters up due to inactivity. The biggest moment came when Arlovski tried to get back to his feet against the cage and Abdurakhimov landed some big shots as he got up. The stand-up was very even, but neither fighter put together combinations. The majority of the strikes were single shots and then the fighters would reset.
Gets Andrei Arlovski in Moscow
HeavyweightUFC
July 27, 2018
Abdurakhimov will face Andrei Arlovski at UFC Moscow on Sep. 15 in a heavyweight bout.
ANALYSIS
Abdurakhimov's last fight was in November of 2017 when he knocked out Chase Sherman in a bout that only lasted 1:24. That result moved his overall record to 18-4, with a 3-2 mark in the UFC. Although wins over Anthony Hamilton, Walt Harris and Chase Sherman on non-PPV cards generally won't get you much name recognition, he'll have a chance to change that against "The Pit Bull" within the friendly confines of his native Russia. Abdurakhimov is no spring chicken himself at age 36, but going up against a 39-year-old Arlovski on the tail end of his career may help propel a final run up the heavyweight rankings. Due to a lack of depth in the division, a stoppage victory should get Abdurakhimov a top-10 opponent his next time out.
Receives 180-day medical suspension
HeavyweightUFC
November 30, 2017
Abdurakhimov was given a 180-day medical suspension by the UFC following his UFC Fight Night victory over Chase Sherman on Saturday, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Abdurakhimov took down Sherman with a Round 1 TKO (punches). Both heavyweight came out swinging from the time the bell rang and he ended the fight with a solid combination led by a left hook. "Abrek" was given a long medical suspension by the UFC due to a possible left thumb injury but can be cleared earlier by a physician.
Finishes "The Vanilla Gorilla" early in Round 1 in Shanghai
HeavyweightUFC
November 26, 2017
Abdurakhimov defeated Chase Sherman via TKO (punches) at 3:35 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night: Shanghai on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
This fight didn't last long. Both fighters came out swinging, and Abdurakhimov consistently found a home for his left hook. Eventually, "Abrek" rocked Sherman with a left hook and followed it up with a right hand and a wrap-around left hook to drop Sherman. The referee stepped in before he threw any follow-up punches.
Draws Chase Sherman for UFC Shanghai
HeavyweightUFC
October 5, 2017
Abdurakhimov will face Chase Sherman in a heavyweight contest at UFC Fight Night 122 on November 25 in Shanghai, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Abdurakhimov maintains a 16-4 overall record (2-2 UFC). His last outing was a loss to No. 6 heavyweight Derrick Lewis via KO/TKO (punches) back in December. This time out, "Abrek" will be facing a known striker and could potentially work for a win from the ground if he can get inside on Sherman to land a takedown.