MMA

Kazakhstan’s Kairat Akhmetov earns 3rd ONE Championship win

Kairat Akhmetov

Kairat Akhmetov

Fighting out of Taldykorgan, Almaty, Kazakhstan, Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhmetov, 30, has earned his third victory in ONE Championship. He is a former ONE Flyweight World Champion.

On September 22, 2018, Akhmetov competed in ONE Championship for the fifth time. He faced “The Southern Eagle” Ma Hao Bin, 24, of Nanchang, China in the flyweight division at “ONE: Conquest of Heroes,” which took place at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Out of the 12 bouts on the “ONE: Conquest of Heroes” card, 10 were MMA bouts and 2 were striking-only matches under ONE Super Series. Akhmetov was the only representative from Kazakhstan.

After three five-minute rounds, the flyweight bout between Akhmetov and Ma was left to the hands of the judges. In the end, referee Yuji Shimada raised the hand of the Kazakh contender as the winner via unanimous decision.

Winning at “ONE: Conquest of Heroes” improved Akhmetov’s professional MMA record to 22 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand Ma’s record downgraded to 10 wins and 4 losses.

Ma was the third opponent Akhmetov faced in ONE Champion. The first two were former ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes, 29, of Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil and reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity”Eustaquio, 29, of Baguio City, Philippines.

Akhmetov became the new ONE Flyweight World Champion when he made his ONE Championship debut on November 21, 2015 at “ONE: Dynasty of Champions 4.” He dethroned Moraes, who was the then reigning champion.

When Akhmetov and Moraes had their rematch at “ONE: Kings and Conquerors” on August 5, 2017, the Brazilian fighter redeemed the ONE Flyweight World Champion title from his Kazakh rival.

On September 16, 2017, Akhmetov earned his second ONE Championship win by defeating Eustaquio at “ONE: Total Victory.” But they had their rematch on January 26, 2018 at “ONE: Global Superheroes” for the ONE Interim Flyweight World Champion title, the Kazakh fighter lost to the Filipino contender.

Here is a clip from the bout between Akhmetov and Ma:

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