Omari “Wolverine” Akhmedov, 31, of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia was one of the winners at “UFC 242.” It was his seventh victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Featuring 13 mixed martial arts matches, “UFC 242” took place at The Arena in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on September 7, 2019. In the second event of the evening, Akhmedov faced Zak Cummings, 35, of Missouri, USA in the middleweight division.
Marc Goddard served as the referee. After three five-minute rounds, the middleweight bout was left in the hands of the judges.
In the end, Goddard raised the hand of Akhmedov, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
“It is very good for the focus and very good for our exposure because all the attention is on Khabib, but then you always get some of that attention,” Akhmedov stated in his post-fight interview in the octagon. “It’s been very good for me and I hope to do it again soon.”
Including Russia and the U.S., 13 countries were represented at “UFC 242.” The others were Brazil, Canada, England, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Japan, Morocco, Scotland and South Africa.
Akhmedov was one of the seven representatives of Russia while Cummings was one of the seven representatives of the U.S. Before facing Cummings at “UFC 242,” Akhmedov defeated six opponents in the UFC namely Thiago “Bodao” Perpetuo, 32, of Sao Paulo, Brazil; Mats Nilsson, 35, of Helsingborg, Sweden; Brian “Bad Boy” Ebersole, 38, of Illinois, United States; Kyle “KO” Noke, 39, of New South Wales, Australia; Abdul Razak “Judo Thunder” Alhassan, 34, of Texas, USA; and Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch, 38, of Maine, USA.
In the main event of “UFC 242,” reigning UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov, 30, of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia successfully defended his belt from then reigning interim UFC Lightweight Champion Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier, 30, of Coconut Creek, Florida, USA. The Dagestani champion submitted his American challenger via rear-naked choke in the third round.
Meanwhile, watch the complete “UFC 242” post-fight press conference here: