UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov

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UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov
UFC Albany poster.jpg
The poster for UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateDecember 9, 2016 (2016-12-09)
VenueTimes Union Center
CityAlbany, New York
Total gate$411,000[1]
Event chronology
The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions Finale UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov UFC 206: Holloway vs. Pettis

UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov (also known as UFC Fight Night 102) was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on December 9, 2016, at Times Union Center in Albany, New York[2]


This event was the first that the organization hosted in Albany.[2]

A heavyweight bout between Derrick Lewis and Shamil Abdurakhimov served as the event headliner.[3]

A middleweight bout between Josh Samman and Oluwale Bamgbose was briefly linked to the event. However the pairing never materialized as Samman died on October 5, 2016.[4] Joe Gigliotti was tabbed as his replacement.[3] In turn, Bamgbose pulled out of the fight in mid-November citing an injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Gerald Meerschaert.[5]

Promotional newcomer Charlie Ward was expected to face Randy Brown at the event. However, Ward was pulled from the event in early November due to alleged visa issues which restricted his travel and was replaced by fellow newcomer Brian Camozzi.[6]

Zubaira Tukhugov was scheduled to face Tiago Trator at the event. However, on November 14, Tukhugov was pulled from the card after being notified by USADA of a potential anti-doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected earlier.[7] On November 28, Tukhugov was replaced by promotional newcomer Shane Burgos.[8]

Aljamain Sterling was expected to face Raphael Assunção at the event. However, Sterling pulled out of the fight on November 23 citing injury.[9] Assunção was subsequently removed from the card with the pairing expected to be rescheduled for a future event.[10][11]

The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs. Team Cláudia women's strawweight winner Tatiana Suarez was expected to face Juliana Lima at the event. However, Suarez pulled out of the fight on November 23 citing injury.[12] She was replaced on December 2 by promotional newcomer JJ Aldrich.[13]

Patrick Cummins was expected to face Gian Villante at the event. However, Cummins pulled out of the fight on December 2 citing a staph infection.[14] He was replaced by promotional newcomer Saparbek Safarov.[15]

At the weigh-ins, Justine Kish came in at 116.4 lb, 0.4 lb over the women's strawweight limit of 116 lb. As a result, Kish was fined 20% of her purse, which will go to her opponent Ashley Yoder and the bout proceeded as scheduled at a catchweight.[16]


Main Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight Derrick Lewis def. Shamil Abdurakhimov TKO (punches) 4 3:42
Heavyweight Francis Ngannou def. Anthony Hamilton Submission (kimura) 1 1:57
Light Heavyweight Corey Anderson def. Sean O'Connell TKO (punches) 2 2:36
Light Heavyweight Gian Villante def. Saparbek Safarov TKO (punches and elbows) 2 2:54
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Catchweight (116.4 lb) Justine Kish def. Ashley Yoder Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Welterweight Randy Brown def. Brian Camozzi TKO (knee and punches) 2 1:25
Middleweight Gerald Meerschaert def. Joe Gigliotti Submission (anaconda choke) 1 4:12
Middleweight Andrew Sanchez def. Trevor Smith Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Featherweight Shane Burgos def. Tiago Trator Decision (unanimous) (30–26, 29–28, 29–27) 3 5:00
Lightweight Marc Diakiese def. Frankie Perez Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Middleweight Ryan Janes def. Keith Berish Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Women's Strawweight Juliana Lima def. JJ Aldrich Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00


Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:[18]

  • Fight of the Night: Gian Villante vs. Saparbek Safarov
  • Performance of the Night: Francis Ngannou and Gerald Meerschaert

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Staff (December 9, 2016). "UFC Fight Night 102 attendance dips slightly from promotion's New York debut". mmajunkie.com.
  2. ^ a b Rick Karlin (2016-08-19). "UFC is coming to Times Union Center". timesunion.com. Retrieved 2016-08-19.
  3. ^ a b Staff (2016-10-14). "UFC Fight Night 102 gets eight new fights, including Derrick Lewis vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov headliner". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-10-14.
  4. ^ Marc Raimondi (2016-10-05). "UFC fighter Josh Samman dead at the age of 28". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-10-05.
  5. ^ Dale Jordan (2016-11-16). "Gerald Meerschaert replaces Oluwale Bamgbose; faces Joe Gigliotti at UFC Albany". mmamad.com. Retrieved 2016-11-16.
  6. ^ Mark La Monica (2016-11-07). "Randy Brown gets new opponent for UFC Fight Night in Albany". newsday.com. Retrieved 2016-11-07.
  7. ^ Staff (2016-11-14). "UFC statement on Zubaira Tukhugov". ufc.com. Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  8. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2016-11-28). "Trator gets new opponent at UFC Fight Night 102". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  9. ^ John Morgan (2016-11-24). "Aljamain Sterling out at UFC Fight Night 102, promotion needs U.S.-based foe for Raphael Assuncao". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-11-24.
  10. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2016-11-28). "Raphael Assuncao removed from UFC Albany card after Aljamain Sterling injury". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  11. ^ Staff (2016-11-29). "Off UFC Fight Night 102 card, Aljamain Sterling vs. Raphael Assuncao targeted for future event". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-11-29.
  12. ^ Staff (2016-11-24). "Tatiana Suarez injured, out of UFC Fight Night 102 fight with Juliana Lima". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-11-24.
  13. ^ Thomas Gerbasi (2016-12-02). "Safarov and Aldrich to make debuts in Albany". ufc.com. Retrieved 2016-12-02.
  14. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2016-12-02). "Patrick Cummins out of UFC Fight Night 102 card with staph infection". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-12-02.
  15. ^ Staff (2016-12-02). "Saparbek Safarov set as injury replacement at UFC Fight Night 102 in Albany". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-12-02.
  16. ^ Staff (2016-12-08). "UFC Fight Night 102 weigh-in results: Derrick Lewis (265.6), Shamil Abdurakhimov (253.8) official". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-12-08.
  17. ^ "UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  18. ^ Mike Sloan (2016-12-09). "UFC Fight Night 102 bonuses: Villante, Safarov, Ngannou, Meerschaert all pocket $50K". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-12-09.