On Friday, July 15, Fight Club Berkut returned to Sochi, Russia for Absolute Championship Berkut 41: The Path to Triumph.
In the evening’s main event, 26-year-old Russian heavyweight prospect Denis Goltsov earned his 13th straight victory against former UFC title challenger Paul Buentello. Goltsov had finished 10 of his past 12 opponents since his last defeat. Buentello had victories in six of his past seven fights, including five knockouts.
In the evening’s co-main event, top bantamweight prospect Petr Yan returned to the cage against former BAMMA bantamweight champion Ed Arthur. Yan was hungry for the victory following his lone career defeat in a ‘fight of the year’ contender in the ACB bantamweight championship against Magomed Magomedov.
The event aired live at 10:00 a.m. ET on ACB’s YouTube channel.
Denis Goltsov def. Paul Buentello by KO (head kick). Round 1, 3:08
Petr Yan def. Ed Arthur by unanimous decision
Eduard Vartanyan def. Márcio Breno by TKO (knee and punches). Round 3, 0:23
Alexandr Shabliy def. Michael Brightmon by TKO (knee to body). Round 1, 1:08
Sharaf Davlatmurodov def. Ben Alloway by TKO (body kick). Round 2, 2:38
Guillermo Martinez Ayme def. Ibragim Tibilov by TKO (right straight). Round 3, 1:10
Michał Andryszak vs. Tim Hague by TKO (head kick and punches). Round 1, 0:33
Soso Nizharadze def. Mike Wilkinson by unanimous decision
Valeriy Khazhirokov vs. Damian Szmigielski by TKO (ground and pound). Round 2, 3:16
Marat Balaev def. Suleiman Bouhata by submission (rear naked choke). Round 1, 1:30
Yuri Verenitsen def. Alexey Bruss by submission (modified guillotine choke). Round 2, 1:08