Akop Stepanyan

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Akop Stepanyan
Акоп Степанян
Հակոբ Ստեփանյան
Born (1986-05-06) May 6, 1986 (age 33)
Yerevan, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union
ResidenceSaint Petersburg, Russia
NationalityRussian[1]
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[2]
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
DivisionFeatherweight (currently)
Lightweight
Reach68.0 in (173 cm)
Fighting out ofSaint Petersburg, Leningrad, Russia
TeamRusFighters Sport Club (USA)[3]
Reign Training Center
RankBlack belt in Taekwondo
Master of Sports in Boxing
Master of Sports in Kickboxing[3]
Years active2009–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total35
Wins25
By knockout14
By submission2
By decision9
Losses10
By knockout2
By submission7
By decision2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Akop Stepanyan (Russian: Акоп Степанян, Armenian: Հակոբ Ստեփանյան; born May 6, 1986) is a Russian mixed martial artist of Armenian heritage[4] who competed in the featherweight and lightweight division for the Bellator Fighting Championships. He is currently fights in the lightweight division of the Absolute Championship Berkut.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

M-1 Global[edit]

Stepanyan lost via submission (armbar) to Zagalav Mahachev at M-1 Challenge - 2009 Selections 2 in the first round.[5]

Post-M-1 Global[edit]

Stepanyan lost via unanimous decision (30–28, 29–28, 29–28) to Djamal Kurbanov at FEFoMP - Vladivostok Pankration Open Cup 2009 on April 25, 2009.

Return to M-1 Global[edit]

Stepanyan lost via submission (rear-naked choke) to Magomed Magomedov at M-1 Challenge - 2009 Selections 5 in the first round.[6]

Stepanyan was released from the M-1 after going 0-2 in the promotion.

Bellator MMA[edit]

In July, Stepanyan signed in Bellator.[7]

Stepanyan was then entered into the season seven featherweight tournament. His quarterfinal opponent was Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Wagnney Fabiano at Bellator 76.[8] He lost the bout via first round armbar submission.

Stepanyan next faced former Sengoku Featherweight Champion Marlon Sandro in season eight featherweight tournament on February 7, 2013 at Bellator 88.[9] He lost the fight via controversial majority decision.

Stepanyan faced Chris Saunders on March 7, 2013 at Bellator 92.[10] He won the fight via TKO in the third round.

Stepanyan was expected to face Shahbulat Shamhalaev on September 13, 2013 at Bellator 99.[11] However, Shamhalaev withdrew from the tournament and was replaced by Justin Wilcox. Stepanyan dominated the first round, but was stopped by a rear naked choke submission in the second round.

Stepanyan faced Mike Richman at Bellator 106 on November 2, 2013.[12] Stepanyan had Richman in trouble early in the fight, but lost in the first round via TKO.[13]

League S-70[edit]

After Bellator dismissal Akop Stepanyan faced ex-UFC fighter Andre Winner. He won via unanimous decision.[14]

Absolute Championship Berkut[edit]

Stepanyan signed a four-fight deal with the ACB in February, 2017.[15]

Stepanyan faced Mukhamed Kokov on April 15, 2017 at ACB 57: Payback. He lost the fight via submission in the third round.

Stepanyan faced Felipe Cruz on June 17, 2017 at ACB 62. He won the fight via knockout in the first round.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

ARG (Army Hand-to-Hand Combat)[edit]

  • Russian Union of Martial Arts
    • Russian National Champion of Army Hand-to-Hand Combat[3]

Kickboxing[edit]

  • Kick-Boxing Federation of Russia
    • Russian National Champion
    • Silver Medalist European Championship 2004[3]

Taekwondo[edit]

  • Taekwondo Union of Russia
    • Russian National Champion 2002

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
34 matches 23 wins 10 losses
By knockout 13 2
By submission 2 6
By decision 8 2
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 25–10 Andrew Fisher TKO (injury) ACB 74: Aguev vs. Townsend November 18, 2017 2 1:01 Vienna, Austria
Win 25–9 Felipe Cruz KO (spinning heel kick) ACB 62: Stepanyan vs. Cruz June 17, 2017 1 4:38 Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Loss 24–9 Mukhamed Kokov Submission (kimura) ACB 57: Payback April 15, 2017 3 0:51 Moscow, Russia
Win 24–8 Thiago Meller Decision (split) League S-70: Plotforma 7th August 21, 2016 3 5:00 Sochi, Russia
Win 23–8 Will Chope Decision (split) Abu Dhabi Warriors 4 May 24, 2016 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Loss 22–8 Vener Galiev Submission (rear-naked choke) Fight Nights Global 45: Galiev vs. Stepanyan April 22, 2016 3 3:16 Ufa, Russia
Win 22–7 Leonardo Laiola TKO (punches) Octagon Fighting Sensation 6: Best of the Best November 20, 2015 1 4:59 Moscow, Russia
Win 21–7 Sung Jo Jong KO (punches) MFP: Cup of the Sakhalin Administration Head 2015 October 31, 2015 1 0:11 Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia
Win 20–7 Andre Winner Decision (unanimous) League S-70: Russia vs. World August 29, 2015 3 5:00 Sochi, Krasnodar krai, Russia
Win 19–7 Helson Henriques Decision (unanimous) FEFoMP: Mayor's Cup 2015 June 6, 2015 3 5:00 Khabarovsk, Russia
Win 18–7 Mohamed Hassan Badawy TKO (punches) Octagon Fighting Sensation 4: Challenge the Best May 16, 2015 2 4:19 Yaroslavl, Russia
Win 17–7 Clayton Henriques Decision (unanimous) FEFoMP: Pankration & Fight Nights 2 April 18, 2015 3 5:00 Vladivostok, Russia
Win 16–7 Eddie Yagin KO (head kick) FEFoMP: Russia's MMA Supercup December 20, 2014 2 4:44 Khabarovsk, Russia
Win 15–7 Mikhail Kislica TKO (body punch) ProFC 56: Baltic Challenge 6 November 1, 2014 1 4:41 Kaliningrad, Russia
Win 14–7 Anatoli Angielovskyi TKO (spinning back kick and punches) OFS - Octogan Fighting Sensation 2 October 17, 2014 1 2:47 Yaroslavl, Russia
Loss 13–7 Mike Richman TKO (punches) Bellator 106 November 2, 2013 1 4:05 Long Beach, California, United States
Loss 13–6 Justin Wilcox Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 99 September 13, 2013 2 2:20 Temecula, California, United States Bellator Season 9 Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Win 13–5 Chris Saunders TKO (body kick and punches) Bellator 92 March 7, 2013 3 3:55 Temecula, California, United States Return to Lightweight
Loss 12–5 Marlon Sandro Decision (majority) Bellator 88 February 7, 2013 3 5:00 Duluth, Georgia, United States Bellator Season 8 Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Loss 12–4 Wagnney Fabiano Submission (armbar) Bellator 76 October 12, 2012 1 3:24 Windsor, Ontario, Canada Bellator Season 7 Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal. Featherweight debut.
Win 12–3 Akhmet Aliev KO (punch) League S-70: Russian Championship Finals August 11, 2012 1 2:11 Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia S-70 2012 Russian Lightweight Tournament Final.
Win 11–3 Anatoliy Pokrovsky TKO (body kick) League S-70: Russian Championship Semifinals May 25, 2012 3 1:50 Moscow, Moscow Oblast, Russia S-70 2012 Russian Lightweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 10–3 Antti Virtanen Submission (guillotine choke) Lappeenranta Fight Night 7 April 14, 2012 1 0:53 Lappeenranta, South Karelia, Finland
Win 9–3 Yevgeniy Lakhin TKO (body punch) League S-70: Russian Championship Second Round February 18, 2012 3 3:19 Omsk, Omsk Oblast, Russia S-70 2012 Russian Lightweight Tournament Second Round.
Win 8–3 Dmitriy Ushkanov Decision (split) FEFoMP - Battle of Empires December 17, 2011 2 5:00 Khabarovsk, Khabarovsk Krai, Russia
Win 7–3 Babyrbek Samiev Submission (guillotine choke) FWR - Fights With Rules 3 November 25, 2011 1 2:35 Ufa, Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia
Win 6–3 Atchin Chaoshen Ne Decision (unanimous) FEFoMP - Mayor's Cup 2011 May 7, 2011 2 5:00 Khabarovsk, Khabarovsk Krai, Russia
Win 5–3 Aleksey Ershik Decision (unanimous) FEFoMP - Amur Challenge April 16, 2011 2 5:00 Blagoveshchensk, Amur Oblast, Russia
Win 4–3 Mikhail Drinovski Decision (unanimous) Northwestern League of Combat Sambo: Tournament in Memory of Private Korzun October 23, 2010 2 5:00 Saint Petersburg, Leningrad Oblast, Russia
Win 3–3 Kazbek Magomedov TKO (punches) Northwestern League of Combat Sambo - Tournament in Memory of Partisan German September 11, 2010 1 3:24 Saint Petersburg, Leningrad Oblast, Russia
Win 2–3 Andrei Shpota KO (punch) ProFC - Union Nation Cup 5 February 13, 2010 1 3:42 Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkar Republic, Russia
Win 1–3 Djamal Kurbanov KO (wheel kick) FEFoMP - Mayor's Cup in Pankration November 21, 2009 3 1:09 Vladivostok, Primorsky Krai, Russia
Loss 0–3 Magomed Magomedov Submission (rear-naked choke) M-1 Challenge: 2009 Selections 5 July 22, 2009 1 3:30 Saint Petersburg, Leningrad Oblast, Russia
Loss 0–2 Djamal Kurbanov Decision (unanimous) FEFoMP - Vladivostok Pankration Open Cup 2009 April 25, 2009 3 5:00 Vladivostok, Primorsky Krai, Russia
Loss 0–1 Zagalav Mahachev Submission (armbar) M-1 Challenge: 2009 Selections 2 April 19, 2009 1 4:55 Saint Petersburg, Leningrad Oblast, Russia

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