Omari Akhmedov
Wolverine

Russia

Fight bumped back
MiddleweightUFC
January 12, 2021
Akhmedov's scheduled fight against Tom Breese will now take place Jan. 20.
ANALYSIS
The fight was initially set to take place Saturday but will be bumped back by four days. A reason for the switch was not disclosed.
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Fight with Breese set for January
MiddleweightUFC
December 7, 2020
Akhmedov (undisclosed) agreed Monday to face Tom Breese (12-2-0) in a middleweight fight at the UFC's Jan. 16 event, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Following his unanimous-decision loss to Chris Weidman on Aug. 9, Akhmedov (20-5-1) had agreed to a Dec. 12 fight with Ronaldo Souza, only to back out in October due to an unspecified reason. Akhmedov's addition to the Jan. 16 card implies that whatever issue prevented him from fighitng Souza is no longer a concern. "Wolverine" owns an 8-4-1 record since making his UFC debut in November 2013.
Possible fight with Jacare scrapped
MiddleweightUFC
October 13, 2020
Akhmedov is out of a proposed Dec. 12 middleweight matchup against Ronaldo Souza, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
There hadn't yet been official confirmation of the proposed matchup between Akhmedov and Souza, but it ultimately won't go through as planned due to undisclosed reasons on the side of Akhmedov. The report suggests Marvin Vettori will be called upon to face Souza in his stead.
Drops decision to former champ
MiddleweightUFC
August 9, 2020
Akhmedov lost to Chris Weidman via unanimous decision (27-29, 27-29, 28-29) at UFC on ESPN+ 32 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Despite the loss, Akhmedov was still able to score via 33 significant strikes, four takedowns and an advance. All four of those takedowns came in Round 2, where he also generated 25 of his significant strikes. Unfortunately for Akhmedov, that was the only round he was able to take from the former champion. Weidman won this fight largely by using his grappling to rack up control time, never really allowing Akhmedov to get his striking going. The loss snaps a three-fight winning streak for Akhmedov. Each of his last seven fights have gone to the judges.
Lining up versus Weidman in August
MiddleweightUFC
June 16, 2020
Akhmedov and Chris Weidman agreed to a middleweight bout at UFC's untitled event August 8, Mike Bohn of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Akhmedov has won his past three fights, including a unanimous victory over Ian Heinisch at UFC 245 in December. Weidman has lost five of his last six fights and struggled in his move to light heavyweight, so he's dropping back down to middleweight in an attempt to get back on track.
Continues roll at UFC 245
MiddleweightUFC
December 14, 2019
Akhmedov defeated Ian Heinisch via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 245 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Akhmedov continues to go about his business despite little fanfare. A winner of three fights in a row and without a loss (5-0-1) dating back to April 2016, Akhmedov outworked Heinisch in Rounds 1 and 2 before letting taking his foot off the gas in Round 3. Thankfully for the big Russian, he had already done enough to secure the judge's decision. Akhmedov is in an interesting spot moving forward. He isn't going to wow anyone with his athleticism or brute strength, but he is calm and composed inside the octagon and isn't going to beat himself. Akhmedov has traditionally struggled when tasked with facing better competition, so it will be interesting to see who the UFC matches him up against next.