On Saturday, March 11, Absolute Championship Berkut debuted in Manchester, England for Absolute Championship Berkut 54: Barnatt vs. Khalidov.
In the evening’s main event, one of the world’s best middleweights outside of the UFC, Mamed Khalidov, took on UFC veteran Luke Barnatt. The KSW middleweight champion Khalidov had defeated his past 12 opponents with stoppages in 10 of those bouts. Barnatt had a four-fight winning streak of his own since being cut from the UFC following a loss to Mark Muñoz at UFC Fight Night 66 in 2015.
In the evening’s main card action, the top Romanian middleweight Ion Pascu fought former KSW welterweight champion Aslambek Saidov. Former UFC lightweight Robert Whiteford took on former featherweight King of Pancrase and fellow UFC veteran Nam Phan. Undefeated prospects clashed when England’s Dean Garnett looked to defend his home territory against Australia’s Michael Tobin. KOTC champion Joshua Aveles took on Russia’s Amirkhan Adaev. TUF: Smashes veteran Brendan Loughnane hoped for revenge when he took on fellow reality show participant Mike Wilkinson. NCAA champion wrestler Bubba Jenkins met Russia’s Ali Bagov.
Mamed Khalidov def. Luke Barnatt by TKO (punches). Round 1, 0:21
Brendan Loughnane def. Mike Wilkinson by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 2:30
Aslambek Saidov def. Ion Pascu by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-28, 29-28)
Aurel Pirtea def. Saul Rogers by technical submission (guillotine choke). Round 2, 0:53
Ali Bagov def. Bubba Jenkins by technical submission (reverse triangle choke). Round 2, 4:01
Josh Aveles def. Amirkhan Adaev by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Batraz Agnaev def. Max Nunes by TKO (punches). Round 1, 2:57
Abdul-Rakhman Dzhanaev def. Adam Zając by TKO (doctor’s stoppage). Round 2, 2:15
Andy DeVent def. Danny Mitchell by TKO (hammer fists). Round 1, 0:35
Murad Kalamov def. Niko Gjoka by submission (triangle choke). Round 2, 0:50
Kane Mousah def Lewis Monarch by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Dean Garnett def. Michael Tobin by TKO (spinning back kick and punches). Round 2, 0:31
Ibrahim Chuzhigaev def. David Mitchell by TKO (strikes). Round 3, 0:55
Rob Whiteford def. Nam Phan by technical submission (standing guillotine choke). Round 1, 0:21
Mukhumat Vakhaev def. Tanner Boser by split decision (29-28, 29-30, 29-28)
Shoaib Yousaf def. Javonne Morrison by TKO (head kick and punches). Round 1, 3:24
Ashley Reece def. James Lewis by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 2:43
Chris Bungard def. Iain Feenan by submission (flying triangle choke). Round 1, 2:41
Azi Thomas def. Eden Newton by TKO (strikes).Round 1, 4.46
Aaron Aby def. Coner Hignett by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Gaz Corran def. Shaun Hampton by unanimous decision (30-28, 30-29, 29-27)
Jenaid Ebanks def. Marcin Prostko by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 1:22
Cal Ellenor def. Declan Williams by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 4:16
Hamza Bougamza vs. Constantine Pitera
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