ABU DHABI – Omari Akhmedov beat Zak Cummings with a unanimous decision Saturday on the preliminary card at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi.
Take a look inside the fight with Akhmedov, who is unbeaten in his past five fights with four decision wins and a draw.
Result: Omari Akhmedov def. Zak Cummings via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Updated records: Akhmedov (19-4-1 MMA, 7-3-1 UFC) , Cummings (23-7 MMA, 8-4 UFC)
Key stat: Akhmedov had twice as many strikes landed as Cummings and landed two takedowns, as well.
Akhmedov on the fight’s key moment
“I really felt the support of the crowd tonight. Every punch, every takedown, they were there for me. It was like I was fighting at home.”
Akhmedov on fighting on the same card as teammate Khabib Nurmagomedov
“It’s now the third time I’ve fought on the same card as Khabib and it’s been another good night. 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. It’s been very good for me and I hope to do it again soon.”
Akhmedov on what he wants next
“I really want a top-15 fighter because I feel like I can take out any of them. But I’d prefer not to fight anybody from American Top Team. … I think I’m top 20 in the UFC’s rankings, so I deseve a top 15 (opponent.)”
To hear more from Akhmedov, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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