Video: WW’s Top Prospect ‘Lazy King’ Gets Miraculous Comeback Show To Capture Ares MW Title

Video: WW’s Top Prospect ‘Lazy King’ Gets Miraculous Comeback Show To Capture Ares MW Title

Heading into his main event battle at Ares FC 11, Abdoul Abdouraguimov already had a reputation as one of MMA’s top prospects. At 27 years old and 17 fights under his belt, the ‘Sloth King’ made his way to the cage on Friday, January 20 as the reigning Ares Welterweight Champion, with a sterling record of 16-1 (1 NC). .

Along with a 5-fight unbeaten streak, there was much talk that a UFC contract could be on the immediate horizon for the Russian-born Frenchman who fights out of MMA Factory. There was only one obstacle in his way, and it was a big one.

Moving up to the middleweight division for the first time, Abdouraguimov was ready to take on the 6’1” Rafal Haratyk, giving up at least three inches in height and significant reach and weight in the process. Inside the cage, the fight had more the look of a lightweight fight at middleweight than just jumping up a division.

Known for his relentless grappling and wrestling attack, Abdouraguimov got off to a pretty decent start, winning the first round on many judges’ scorecards. But the weight shift was clearly wearing him out, and it wasn’t long before he resorted to pulling guard and throwing loose armbar attempts behind his back. By the time Haratyk found a full mount in the fourth round, the referee warned Abdouraguimov that if he didn’t find ways to improve the standings, the fight would be called off.

The fifth round started better for Abdouraguimov, an early takedown, from which Haratyk fought his way back to his feet, to another guard pull, but this time with a sweep on a deep-mounted guillotine that had Haratyk in all sorts of trouble. . As the Polish boxer struggled to break free and regain top control, it seemed as if Abdouraguimov’s last desperate chance had been lost.

It was then that the man pulled out a miracle.

With the victory, Abdouraguimov becomes the simultaneous holder of the Ares FC welterweight and middleweight titles, taking his record to a stellar 16-1 (1 NC) in the process. After the fight, Ares president (and MMA Factory owner) Fernand Lopez openly expressed his expectations that one of his promotion’s brightest talents was likely headed to the UFC. So it’s possible fans of the Lazy King will see him make his Octagon debut sometime near 2023.

For those who wish to see all the action, the entire Ares FC 11, including the main event Abdouraguimov vs. Haratyk, is available in Fight Pass.

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