Kazakh MMA fighters among top-3 following Cup of Commonwealth 2018
Among the tournament's participants are champions from Russia, Europe, Asia and the world in MMA.
Kazakhstan's MMA team took part in the prestigious International Tournament in Mixed Martial Arts 'The Cup of Commonwealth 2018' that just finished in Khanty-Mansiysk, BNews.kz reports referring a press service of KAZMMA.
More than 150 fighters from Russian and foreign states took part in the large-scale tournament taking place for the sixth consecutive year.
Fighters in 8 different weight classes took part in the tournament, among whom were champions from Russia, Europe, Asia and the world in MMA, winner of different international competitions, tournaments in MMA.
Many bouts with the participation of Kazakh fighters finished with almost the same results, and with judges deciding the winners. Some of them were given extra rounds.
Credit: press service of KAZMMA
In the final bout, Kazakh heavyweight Khumaidov Zelemkhan had a bout against a very strong opponent from Moscow Oblast Anatoly Malykhin and was finished in favour of the Russian fighter. Note Anatoly Malykhin is the MMA champion of Russia and the world after defeating ACB champion Salimgerey Rasulov.
In the semifinal bouts, Dastan Zhakypbekov and Kudibergen Toleubayev lost in bouts against Magomedrasul Gadzhiev and Gadzhimurad Khebdeev respectively by decisions of the judges, following which they became the winners of the Cup, as well as are the champions of Russia's MMA Cup.
Following the tournament, Zelemkhan Khumaidov was a silver prize winner, and Dastan Zhakypbekov and Kudibergan Toleubayev won bronze medals.
The national team of Kazakhstan took the third place.
'The Cup of Commonwealth is one of the prestigious tournaments in amateur MMA with professional fighters are also allowed to take part. There is high competitiveness. Professional fighters will not be allowed to participate in unified world championships WMMAA and IMMAF, so Russian fighters who are out of the MMA World Championships took part in the Cup of Commonwealth. We are proud of our amateur fighters who faced professional fighters from Russia, by showing nice bouts!' said Asylbek Dyussenov, the President of the Kazakh MMA Federation.