Fighting out of Grozny, Chechnya, Russia, Mukhamat Vakhaev, 28, is still the heavyweight champion of Russian martial arts promotion Absolute Championship Berkut. The Russian mixed martial artist was successful in his first title defense.
Vakhaev was born in Grozny. He has been competing professionally since 2011 and is now representing ACB’s fight team Fight Club Berkut.
On February 28, 2015, Vakhaev made his successful ACB debut at “ACB 14: Grand Prix 2015″ by submitting Igor Kostin, 36, of Riga, Latvia via rear-naked choke. On May 30, 2015, Vakhaev had his first loss in ACB after losing via split decision to Salimgerey ‘Gubden Tank” Rasulov, 31, of Gubden, Dagestan, Russia at “ACB 19: Baltic Challenge.”
For the third time, Vakhaev competed in the ACB cage on November 28, 2015. His bout against Vinicius “Gigantinho” Lima, 26, of Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil at “ACB 26: Grand Prix Final 2015” ended in a draw.
In 2016, two opponents lost to Vakhaev. The Grozny native knocked out Vladimir Daineko, 28, of Krasnoyarsk, Russia via punches at “ACB 38: Breakthrough” on May 20, 2016 and submitted Sergey Bilostenniy, 23, of Moscow, Russia via rear-naked choke at “ACB 48: Revenge” on October 22, 2016.
Two opponents also lost to Vakhaev in 2017. He defeated Tanner “The Bulldozer” Boser, 29, of Bonnyville, Alberta, Canada via split decision at “ACB 54: Supersonic” on March 11, 2017 and Denis “The Russian Bogatyr” Goltsov, 28, of St. Petersburg, Russia via technical knockout via submission to punches at “ACB 67” on August 19, 2017.
Goltsov was a defending champion at “ACB 67.” By defeating Goltsov, Vakhaev became the new ACB Heavyweight Champion.
The first title defense of Vakhaev as the ACB Heavyweight Champion was the main event of “ACB 90,” which took place at the VTB Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia on November 10, 2018. His challenger was supposed to be Amir Aliakbari, 30, of Shahriar, Tehran, Iran.
However, Aliakbari was pulled out of the “ACB 90” card due to injury. Replacing him was Bilostenniy, who was originally set to face Dmitry Poberezhets, 33, of Kiev, Ukraine on the same card.
“ACB 90” featured 15 MMA matches. In the main event of the evening, the audience witnessed the rematch between Vakhaev and Bilostenniy.
Referee Herb Dean put a stop to the heavyweight bout between Vakhaev and Bilostenniy at 4:32 of the first round. The defending champion submitted his challenger via rear-naked choke.
By successfully defending the ACB Heavyweight Championship belt at “ACB 90,” Vakhaev improved his professional MMA record to 7 wins, 4 losses and 1 draw. Watch his successful title defense against Bilostenniy here: