On Friday, Nov. 11, Tatneft Cup returned to the Tatneft Arena in Kazan, Russia for the Tatneft Cup Final.

In the evening’s main event, Aleksey Ulyanov won the 2016 Tatneft Cup 70-kilogram tournament with a hard fought decision victory over Maksim Smirnov. Ulyanov and Smirnov earned their place in the finals with a victory over Ilya Sokolov and Farkhad Akhmedzhanov, respectively, in the semifinals this past September.

In the rest of the evening’s action, top heavyweights battled for positioning just outside the top 10 when Ukrainian Tsotne Rogava fought Belgium’s Thomas Vanneste. Semyon Shelepov took home the 2016 Tatneft Cup 80-kilogram plus tournament belt with a first-round knockout win over Nadir Gadjiev. Nikolay Lushin won the 2016 Tatneft Cup 80-kilogram tournament title over Andrey Chekhonin.

The event aired live at 10 a.m. ET on YouTube and Match TV (Russia). Watch the entire event above.

Aleksey Ulyanov def. Maksim Smirnov by decision – Tatneft Cup 70-kilogram final
Tsotne Rogava def. Thomas Vanneste by decision
Freddy Kemayo def. Aleksandr Vezhevatov by decision
Semyon Shelepov def. Nadir Gadjiev by TKO (left hook). Round 1 – Tatneft Cup heavyweight final
Gregory Tony def. Aleksandr Soldatkin by decision
Nikolay Lushin def. Andrey Chekhonin by decision – Tatneft Cup 80-kilogram final
Vyacheslav Borschev def. Tamaz Izoria by decision

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Zach Aittama became a fan of martial arts at an early age. Hooked on the sport after one experience, Zach started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai as a teenager. Watching the sport only increased his interest, building a fascination for combat sports around the globe. Years of training and amateur bouts later, Zach continues to train while working and attending school full-time. Zach started writing for Fight Sport Asia in 2014 and joined the Combat Press staff in July of 2015.

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