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Russia’s Sultan Aliev earns 2nd UFC win at ‘UFC Fight Night 149’ in St. Petersburg

Sultan Aliev, 34, of Derbent, Dagestan, Russia was one of the winners at “UFC Fight Night 149.” It was his second victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Featuring 11 mixed martial arts matches, “UFC Fight Night 149” took place at the Yubileyny Sports Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia on April 20, 2019. In the fifth bout of the evening, Aliev fought Keita “K-Taro” Nakamura, 34, of Tokyo, Japan in the welterweight division,

Leon Roberts served as the referee. After three five-minute rounds, the welterweight contest was left in the hands of the judges namely Lucasz Bosaki, Mark Collett and Howard Hughes.

In the end, Roberts raised the hand of Aliev. Bosaki, Collett and Hughes unanimously scored the bout 30-27 in favor of the Russian contender.

Winning at “UFC Fight Night 149” improved Aliev’s professional MMA record to 15 wins and 3 losses. On the other hand, Nakamura now has 34 wins, 10 losses, 2 draws and 1 No Contest.

At “UFC Fight Night 149,” Aliev was one of the 10 hometown heroes who competed while Nakamura was one of the two representatives of Japan. Brazil, Kyrgyzstan, North Macedonia, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, South Korea and the U.S. were also represented.

Born in Kaspiysk, Dagestan on September 17, 1984, Aliev is a devout Sunni Muslim and is of Avar descent. As an MMA fighter, he has been competing professionally in 2011.

In 2015, Aliev joined the UFC. “UFC Fight Night 149” marked his fourth bout in the promotion.

When Aliev made his UFC debut, he faced Kenny Robertson, 35, of Spring Bay, Illinois, USA. On January 24, 2015, the American fighter knocked out the Russian fighter via punches at “UFC on Fox 14″ at the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.

On December 17, 2016, Aliev earned his first UFC win. He defeated Bojan ‘Serbian Steel” Velickovic, 30, of Novi Sad, Serbia via split decision at “UFC on Fox 22” at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California, USA.

On May 12, 2018, Aliev had his second loss in the UFC. He lost to Warlley Alves, 28, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil via doctor stoppage due to eye injury at “UFC 22” at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro.

Here is an interview with Aliev after his victory at “UFC Fight Night 149” in St. Petersburg:

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