Shamil Abdurakhimov Talks UFC Moscow Win Over Andrei Arlovski

Shamil Abdurakhimov
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Shamil Abdurakhimov was hoping to finish Andrei Arlovski at UFC Moscow, but he’ll settle for the win.

Abdurakhimov took on Arlovski on the main card of UFC Moscow. The event aired live on UFC Fight Pass. After three rounds of action, Abdurakhimov was awarded the unanimous decision victory. It’s “Abrek’s” second straight victory and now he is sure to improve his 14th spot on the official UFC heavyweight rankings.

Shamil Abdurakhimov Talks UFC Moscow Win Over Andrei Arlovski

Speaking to reporters after the fight, Abdurakhimov said that a finish would’ve made his win over Arlovski even better (via MMAJunkie.com):

“I was really hopeful I could finish the fight in the first round, but it didn’t happen. I wasn’t nervous. I felt really great. But when you can’t do everything you planned, it’s a lot of pressure. I wanted to make him come to me and exchange. I was hoping for a knockout, but it didn’t happen.”

Abdurakhimov improves his professional mixed martial arts record to 19-4. He’s gone 4-1 in his last five outings. Abdurakhimov noted that he wants to fight anyone in the top six or top seven. It may be a tough sell as Abdurakhimov isn’t likely to be in the top ten despite the win over Arlovski. It certainly isn’t impossible, however.

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Who do you think Shamil Abdurakhimov should face next?