Absolute Championship Berkut

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Absolute Championship Berkut
Private
Industry Mixed martial arts promotion
Founded 2 March 2014
Founder Mairbek Khasiev
Headquarters Grozny, Chechnya, Russia
Key people
Mairbek Khasiev, Yaragi Gitaev, Mairbek Taisumov, Mamed Khalidov, Arbi Agujev
Parent ACB MMA[1]
Website acbmma.com/en/

Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB) is a Russian mixed martial arts, kickboxing and brazilian jiu-jitsu organization and one of the leading promotions in Europe.[2] To date, most events have been hosted in Grozny, Russia. They have also held events in Canada, United States, Poland, Brazil, Romania, Scotland, Georgia, Netherlands, Belgium, Tajikistan, Austria, France, Belarus, England, Turkey, Kazakhstan and they have planned events in Sweden and United Arabic Emirates.

History[edit]

ACB was founded by Mairbek Khasiev, he is one of the most respected citizens of Chechen Republic. Khasiev a sport activist and a decorated doctor with a lot of notable awards. Thanks to his efforts in 2009 the Berkut Fight Club was founded in Grozny help a lot young fighters get the opportunity to compete in the very highest level.

In 2012,Mairbek decided to create the Berkut Cup to test His Club, the promotion held its first event on Oct. 20, 2012, in the Grozny. However, the promotion began its numbered events and a push for superiority in the MMA market in March 2014.

Several fighters who have been successful in ACB have signed on to more well known promotions such as the UFC. ACB has its own fight team, the Fight Club Berkut, which consists of some of the promotion's elite fighters, such as Beslan Isaev, Magomed Bibulatov, Musa Khamanaev and Aslambek Saidov. ACB co-operates with many other promotions in Europe by exchanging fighters, for example KSW and The Cage. ACB runs the majority of its shows live on a variety of TV networks (Match TV, Polsat Sport) throughout Europe. The promotion runs its shows live internationally on its Facebook Page.

List of ACB events[edit]

Mixed martial arts events[edit]

No. Event Date Venue Location
97 ACB 88: Barnatt vs. Celinski June 16, 2018 Sleeman Sports Complex Australia Brisbane, Australia
96 ACB 87: Mousah vs. Whiteford May 19, 2018 Motorpoint Arena England Nottingham, England
95 ACB 86: Balaev vs. Raisov 2 May 5, 2018 Olimpiyskiy Russia Moscow, Russia
94 ACB 85: Leone vs Ginazov April 21, 2018 RDS Stadium Italy Rimini, Italy
93 ACB 84: Agujev vs. Burrell April 7, 2018 Ondrej Nepela Arena Slovakia Bratislava, Slovakia
92 ACB 83: Borisov vs. Kerimov March 24, 2018 Serhedchi Olympic Sport Centre Azerbaijan Baku, Azerbaijan
91 ACB 82: Silva vs. Kolobegov March 9, 2018 Club Hebraica Brazil São Paulo, Brazil
90 ACB 81: Saidov vs. Carneiro February 23, 2018 The Dome - Dubai Sports City United Arab Emirates Dubai, United Arab Emirates
89 ACB 80: Tumenov vs. Burrell February 16, 2018 Basket-Hall Russia Krasnodar, Russia
88 ACB 79: Aguev vs. Alfaya January 27, 2018 Sports Hall Coliseum Russia Grozny, Russia
87 ACB 78: Young Eagles 24 January 13, 2018 Sports Hall Coliseum Russia Grozny, Russia
86 ACB 77: Abdulvakhabov vs. Vartanyan 2 December 16, 2017 Luzhniki Palace of Sports Russia Moscow, Russia
85 ACB 76: Young Eagles 23 December 9, 2017 Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre Australia Gold Coast,Australia
84 ACB 75: Gadzhidaudov vs. Zieliński November 25, 2017 Carl Benz Arena Germany Stuttgart, Germany
83 ACB 74: Aguev vs. Townsend November 18, 2017 Wiener Stadthalle Austria Vienna, Austria
82 ACB 73: Silva vs. Makoev October 21, 2017 Miécimo da Silva Sports Complex Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
81 ACB 72: Makovsky vs. Sherbatov October 14, 2017 Tohu Canada Montreal, Quebec, Canada
80 ACB 71: Yan vs. Mattos September 30, 2017 Dynamo Sports Palace Russia Moscow, Russia
79 ACB 70: The Battle of Britain September 23, 2017 Sheffield Arena England Sheffield, England
78 ACB 69: Young Eagles 22 September 9, 2017 Almaty Arena Kazakhstan Almaty, Kazakhstan
77 ACB 68: Young Eagles 21 August 26, 2017 Tax Committee Sports Center Tajikistan Dushanbe, Tajikistan
76 ACB 67: Cooper vs. Berkhamov August 19, 2017 Sports Hall Coliseum Russia Grozny, Russia
75 ACB 66: Young Eagles 20 August 5, 2017 Sports Hall Coliseum Russia Grozny, Russia
74 ACB 65: Silva vs. Agnaev July 22, 2017 Sheffield Arena England Sheffield, England
73 ACB 64: Young Eagles 19 July 19, 2017 Antalya Arena Spor Salonu Turkey Antalya, Turkey
72 ACB 63: Celiński vs. Magalhaes July 1, 2017 Ergo Arena Poland Gdansk, Poland
71 ACB 62: Stepanyan vs. Cruz June 17, 2017 KSK "Ekspress" Russia Rostov-on-Don, Russia
70 ACB 59: Young Eagles 18 April 29, 2017 Palace of sports "Manege" Russia Vladikavkaz, Russia
69 ACB 61: Balaev vs. Bataev May 20, 2017 Sibur Arena Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia
68 ACB 60: Aguev vs. Devent May 13, 2017 Hallmann Dome Austria Vienna, Austria
67 ACB 58: Young Eagles 17 April 22, 2017 Gamid Gamidov Palace of Sports Russia Khasavyurt, Russia
66 ACB 57: Payback April 15, 2017 Luzhniki Palace of Sports Russia Moscow, Russia
65 ACB 56: Young Eagles 16 April 1, 2017 Prime hall Belarus Minsk, Belarus
64 ACB 55: Dushanbe March 24, 2017 Tax Committee Sports Center Tajikistan Dushanbe, Tajikistan
63 ACB 54: Supersonic March 11, 2017 Manchester Arena England Manchester, England
62 ACB 53: Young Eagles 15 February 18, 2017 Hala Urania Poland Olsztyn, Poland
61 ACB 52: Another Level of MMA Fighting January 21, 2017 Hallmann dome Austria Vienna, Austria
60 ACB 51: Silva vs. Torgeson January 13, 2017 Bren Events Center United States Irvine, California USA
59 ACB 50: Stormbringer December 18, 2016 Sibur Arena Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia
58 ACB 49: Rostov Onslaught November 26, 2016 Sport-Don Sports Palace Russia Rostov-on-Don, Russia
57 ACB 48: Revenge October 22, 2016 Dynamo Sports Palace Russia Moscow, Russia
56 ACB KB 8: Only The Braves October 16, 2016 Sportcomplex Koning Willem-Alexander Netherlands Hoofddorp, Netherlands
55 ACB 47: Braveheart - Young Eagles 14 October 1, 2016 The SSE Hydro Scotland Glasgow, Scotland
54 ACB 46: Olsztyński Legion - Young Eagles 13 September 24, 2016 Hala Urania Poland Olsztyn, Poland
53 ACB 45: Siberia vs. Caucasus September 17, 2016 Ice Palace Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia
52 ACB 44: Young Eagles 12 September 3, 2016 Volgograd Arena Russia Volgograd, Russia
51 ACB 43: Battle of the Sura August 20, 2016 Dizel Arena Russia Penza, Russia
50 ACB 42: Young Eagles 11 August 10, 2016 Sports Palace "Manezh" Russia Vladikavkaz, Russia
49 ACB 41: The Path to Triumph July 15, 2016 Adler Arena Russia Sochi, Russia
48 ACB 40: Battleground June 3, 2016 Sports Palace Olymp Russia Krasnodar, Russia
47 ACB 39: Young Eagles 10 May 28, 2016 Kristall Ice Sports Palace Russia Saratov, Russia
46 ACB 38: Breakthrough May 20, 2016 KSK "Ekspress" Russia Rostov-on-Don, Russia
45 ACB 37: Young Eagles 9 May 11, 2016 Sports Hall Coliseum Russia Grozny, Russia
44 ACB 36: Young Eagles 8 May 10, 2016 Sports Hall Coliseum Russia Grozny, Russia
43 ACB 35: In Memory of Guram Gugenishvili May 6, 2016 Tbilisi Sports Palace Georgia (country) Tbilisi, Georgia
42 ACB 34: Young Eagles 7 April 29, 2016 Arena Coliseum Russia Grozny, Russia
41 ACB 33: Young Eagles 6 April 16, 2016 Arena Coliseum Russia Grozny, Russia
40 ACB 32: The Battle of Lions March 26, 2016 Dynamo Sports Palace Russia Moscow, Russia
39 ACB 31: Magomedsharipov vs. Arapkhanov March 9, 2016 Arena Coliseum Russia Grozny, Russia
38 ACB 30: Young Eagles 5 February 20, 2016 Arena Coliseum Russia Grozny, Russia
37 ACB 29: Poland February 6, 2016 Hala Torwar Poland Warsaw, Poland
36 ACB 28: Young Eagles 4 December 27, 2015 Sports Complex "Gladiator", Lenin Plaza Russia Nalchik, Russia
35 ACB 27: Tajikistan December 20, 2015 Sports Complex "20 Years of Independence" Tajikistan Dushanbe, Tajikistan
34 ACB 26: Grand Prix 2015 Finals Stage 3 November 28, 2015 Arena Coliseum Russia Grozny, Russia
33 ACB 25: Young Eagles 3 November 7, 2015 Arena Coliseum Russia Grozny, Russia
32 ACB 24: Grand Prix 2015 Finals Stage 2 October 24, 2015 Dynamo Sports Palace Russia Moscow, Russia
31 ACB 23: Young Eagles 2 October 10, 2015 Arena Coliseum Russia Grozny, Russia
30 ACB 22: Grand Prix 2015 Finals Stage 1 September 12, 2015 Ice Palace Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia
29 ACB 21: Young Eagles 1 August 29, 2015 Arena Coliseum Russia Grozny, Russia
28 ACB 20: Sochi June 14, 2015 Bolshoy Ice Dome Russia Sochi, Russia
27 ACB 19: Baltic Challenge May 30, 2015 Amber Arena Russia Kaliningrad, Russia
25 ACB 18: Grand Prix Berkut 2015 Stage 5 May 23, 2015 Arena Coliseum Russia Grozny, Russia
25 ACB 17: Grand Prix Berkut 2015 Stage 4 May 2, 2015 Arena Coliseum Russia Grozny, Russia
24 ACB 16: Grand Prix Berkut 2015 Stage 3 April 17, 2015 Friendship Arena Russia Moscow, Russia
23 ACB 15: Grand Prix Berkut 2015 Stage 2 March 21, 2015 Nalchik Sports Complex Russia Nalchik, Russia
22 ACB 14: Grand Prix Berkut 2015 Stage 1 February 28, 2015 Arena Coliseum Russia Grozny, Russia
21 ACB 13: Poland vs. Russia January 31, 2015 Orlen Arena Poland Płock, Poland
20 M-1 Challenge 54 / ACB 12 December 17, 2014 Ice Palace Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia
19 ACB 11: Vol. 2 November 15, 2014 Arena Coliseum Russia Grozny, Russia
18 ACB 11: Vol. 1 November 14, 2014 Arena Coliseum Russia Grozny, Russia
17 ACB 10: Coliseum Time October 4, 2014 Arena Coliseum Russia Grozny, Russia
16 ACB 9: Grand Prix Berkut 2014 June 22, 2014 Fight club Berkut Russia Grozny, Russia
15 ACB 8: Grand Prix Berkut 2014 May 25, 2014 Fight club Berkut Russia Grozny, Russia
14 ACB 7: Grand Prix Berkut 2014 May 18, 2014 Fight club Berkut Russia Grozny, Russia
13 ACB 6: Grand Prix Berkut 2014 April 20, 2014 Fight club Berkut Russia Grozny, Russia
12 ACB 5: Grand Prix Berkut 2014 April 6, 2014 Fight club Berkut Russia Grozny, Russia
11 ACB 4: Grand Prix Berkut 2014 March 30, 2014 Fight club Berkut Russia Grozny, Russia
10 ACB 3: Grand Prix Berkut 2014 March 16, 2014 Fight club Berkut Russia Grozny, Russia
9 ACB 2: Grand Prix Berkut 2014 March 9, 2014 Fight club Berkut Russia Grozny, Russia
8 ACB 1: Grand Prix Berkut 2014 March 2, 2014 Fight club Berkut Russia Grozny, Russia
7 Berkut Cup 2013 - Final May 22, 2013 Fight club Berkut Russia Grozny, Russia
6 Berkut Cup 2013 - 5th Round April 24, 2013 Fight club Berkut Russia Grozny, Russia
5 Berkut Cup 2013 - 4rt Round April 10, 2013 Fight club Berkut Russia Grozny, Russia
4 Berkut Cup 2013 - 3rd Round April 3, 2013 Fight club Berkut Russia Grozny, Russia
3 Berkut Cup 2013 - 2nd Round March 27, 2013 Fight club Berkut Russia Grozny, Russia
2 Berkut Cup 2013 - 1st Round March 20, 2013 Fight club Berkut Russia Grozny, Russia
1 Berkut Cup - 2012 October 20, 2012 Olympic Center Russia Grozny, Russia

Kickboxing events[edit]

No. Event Date Venue Location
15 ACB KB 15: Grand Prix Kitek April 20, 2018 TBA Russia Moscow, Russia
14 ACB KB 14: Diamonds March 23, 2018 TBA Russia Orel, Russia
13 ACB KB 13: From Paris with war February 24, 2018 Palais des Sports Marcel-Cerdan France Paris, France
12 ACB KB 12: Warriors Of Light November 10, 2017 Marriott Congress Center United States Los Angeles, California, USA
11 ACB KB 11 / Wu Lin Feng October 7, 2017 Henan TV Studio 8 China Zhengzhou, China
10 ACB KB 10: Russia vs. China July 15, 2017 Izmailovo Sports Palace Russia Moscow, Russia
9 ACB KB 9: Showdown in Paris March 25, 2017 Palais des Sports Marcel-Cerdan France Paris, France
8 ACB KB 8: Only The Braves October 16, 2016 Sportcomplex Koning Willem-Alexander Netherlands Hoofddorp, Netherlands
7 ACB KB 7: Bloody Night September 18, 2016 Horia Demian Sports Hall Romania Cluj-Napoca, Romania
6 ACB KB 6: Battle in Brussels June 5, 2016 Sporthal Merchtem Belgium Brussels, Belgium
5 ACB KB 5: Let's Knock The Winter Out February 27, 2016 Grinn Center Russia Orel, Russia
4 ACB KB 4: Grand Prix Final November 13, 2015 Sukharev Sport Complex Russia Perm, Russia
3 ACB KB 3: Grand Prix Final October 16, 2015 Sala Transilvania Romania Sibiu, Romania
2 ACB KB 2: Grand Prix Semi-Finals September 27, 2015 Vityaz Ice Palace Russia Anapa, Russia
1 ACB KB 1: Grand Prix Quarter-Finals April 25, 2015 Arena Coliseum Russia Grozny, Russia

Championship history[edit]

MMA[edit]

Heavyweight Championship[edit]

120 kg (265 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Russia Mukhomad Vakhaev ACB 67
Russia Grozny, Russia
August 19, 2017 N/A
3 Russia Denis Goltsov ACB 50
Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia
December 18, 2016 N/A
2 Russia Salimgerey Rasulov ACB 29
PolandWarsaw, Poland
February 6, 2016 N/A
1 Russia Zelimkhan Umiev
def. Israfil Makhashev
ACB 9
RussiaGrozny, Russia
June 22, 2014 N/A

Light Heavyweight Championship[edit]

93 kg (205 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Turkmenistan Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov ACB 86
Russia Moscow, Russia
May 5, 2018 N/A
3 Russia Batraz Agnaev ACB 65
England Sheffield, England
July 22, 2017 N/A
2 Brazil Thiago Silva
def. Jared Ferguson
ACB 51
United States Irvine, California USA
January 13, 2017 N/A
Gadzhimurad Antigulov vacated the title when he signed for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
1 Russia Gadzhimurad Antigulov
def. Ruslan Khaskhanov
ACB 9
Russia Grozny, Russia
June 22, 2014 1. def. Muslim Makhmudov at ACB 35 on May 6, 2016 in Tbilisi, Georgia

Middleweight Championship[edit]

84 kg (185 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Russia Albert Duraev
def. Vyacheslav Vasilevsky
ACB 77
Russia Moscow, Russia
December 23, 2017 N/A
Anatoly Tokov vacated the title when he signed for M-1 Global.
1 Russia Anatoly Tokov
def. Arbi Aguev
ACB 38
Russia Rostov-on-Don, Russia
May 20, 2016 N/A

Welterweight Championship[edit]

77 kg (170 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Vacant N/A N/A N/A
Berkhamov vacated the title
3 Russia Mukhamed Berkhamov ACB 67
Russia Grozny, Russia
August 19, 2017 N/A
2 United States Brett Cooper
def. Aslambek Saidov
ACB 50
Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia
December 18, 2016 N/A
Albert Duraev stripped of the title due to missed weight and move up to Middleweight.
1 Russia Albert Duraev
def. Ustarmagomed Gadzhidaudov
ACB 22
Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia
September 12, 2015 1. def. Michail Tsarev at ACB 35 on May 6, 2016 in Tbilisi, Georgia

Lightweight Championship[edit]

70 kg (155 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Russia Abdul-Aziz Abdulvakhabov
def. Ali Bagov
ACB 9
Russia Grozny, Russia
June 22, 2014 1. def. Eduard Vartanyan at ACB 32 on March 26, 2016 in Moscow, Russia

2. def. Ali Bagov at ACB 48 on Oct. 22, 2016 in Moscow, Russia
3. def. Eduard Vartanyan at ACB 77 on Dec. 23, 2017 in Moscow, Russia

Featherweight Championship[edit]

66 kg (145 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Russia Yusuf Raisov
def. Alexander Peduson to become Interim Champion
ACB 77
Russia Moscow, Russia
December 23, 2017 1. def. Marat Balayev to Unify the Titles at ACB 86 on May 5, 2018 in Moscow, Russia
2 Russia Marat Balayev
def. Yusuf Raisov
ACB 50
Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia
December 18, 2016 1. def. Adlan Bataev at ACB 61 on May 20, 2017 in Saint Petersburg, Russia
Zabit Magomedsharipov vacated the title when he signed for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
1 Russia Zabit Magomedsharipov
def. Sheikh-Magomed Arapkhanov
ACB 31
Russia Grozny, Russia
March 29, 2016 1. def. Valdines Silva at ACB 45 on September 17, 2016 in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Bantamweight Championship[edit]

61 kg (135 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Russia Rustam Kerimov
def. Oleg Borisov
ACB 83
Azerbaijan Baku, Azerbaijan
March 24, 2018
Petr Yan vacated the title when he signed for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
2 Russia Petr Yan ACB 57
Russia Moscow, Russia
April 15, 2017 1. def. Matheus Mattos at ACB 71 on September 30, 2017 in Moscow, Russia
1 Russia Magomed Magomedov
def. Petr Yan
ACB 32
Russia Moscow, Russia
March 26, 2016 1. def. Oleg Borisov at ACB 50 on December 18, 2016 in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Flyweight Championship[edit]

57 kg (125 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Russia Askar Askarov
def. José Maria Tomé
ACB 48
Russia Moscow, Russia
October 22, 2016 1. def. Anthony Leone at ACB 58 on April 22, 2017 in Khasavyurt, Russia

2. def. Rasul Albaskhanov at ACB 86 on May 5, 2018 in Moscow, Russia

BJJ[edit]

GI Heavyweight Championship[edit]

120 kg (265 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Brazil João Gabriel Rocha ACB JJ 10
Brazil São Paulo, Brazil
January 26, 2018 N/A
1 Brazil Luiz Panza
def. Alexander Trans
ACB JJ 5
PolandWarsaw, Poland
June 22, 2014 N/A

Grand Prix Champion[edit]

Weight Class Champion Runner-up Event Date Tournament Bracket
ACB Heavyweight GP 2015 Russia Salimgerey Rasulov Poland Michał Andryszak ACB 24: Grand Prix 2015 Finals Stage 2 October 24, 2015 ACB Heavyweight Grand Prix 2015 bracket
ACB Light Heavyweight GP 2015 Russia Muslim Makhmudov Russia Husein Kushagov ACB 24: Grand Prix 2015 Finals Stage 2 October 24, 2015 ACB Light Heavyweight Grand Prix 2015 bracket
ACB Middleweight GP 2015 Russia Anatoly Tokov Russia Arbi Aguev ACB 38: Breakthrough May 20, 2016 ACB Middleweight Grand Prix 2015 bracket
ACB Welterweight GP 2015 Russia Albert Duraev Russia Ustarmagomed Gadzhidaudov ACB 22: Grand Prix 2015 Finals Stage 1 September 12, 2015 ACB Welterweight Grand Prix 2015 bracket
ACB Lightweight GP 2015 Russia Ali Bagov Russia Eduard Vartanyan ACB 22: Grand Prix 2015 Finals Stage 1 September 12, 2015 ACB Lightweight Grand Prix 2015 bracket
ACB Featherweight GP 2015 Russia Zabit Magomedsharipov Russia Abdul-Rakhman Temirov ACB 24: Grand Prix 2015 Finals Stage 2 October 24, 2015 ACB Featherweight Grand Prix 2015 bracket
ACB Bantamweight GP 2015 Russia Petr Yan Russia Murad Kalamov ACB 24: Grand Prix 2015 Finals Stage 2 October 24, 2015 ACB Bantamweight Grand Prix 2015 bracket
ACB Flyweight GP 2015 Russia Velimurad Alkhasov Ukraine Ruslan Abiltarov ACB 26: Grand Prix 2015 Finals Stage 3 November 28, 2015 ACB Flyweight Grand Prix 2015 bracket

Notable fighters[edit]

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

Kickboxing[edit]

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contacts". Acbmma.com. Retrieved 2016-11-30.
  2. ^ Zidan, Karim (2014-12-22). "Ripe with ambition, ACB President Bekhan Khasiev confident his promotion will garner international recognition". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2016-11-30.

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