Adlan Amagov Finds a New Home at Welterweight

"It will be an exciting fight. When you’ve got two strikers, it will be fireworks." - Adlan Amagov
UFC welterweight Adlan AmagovAfter surviving a harrowing childhood in war-torn Chechnya, Adlan Amagov is at a point in his life where a loss in a sanctioned mixed martial arts match won’t define him or send him on a downward spiral emotionally. So after losing a 2012 Strikeforce bout to Robbie Lawler, his first defeat in nearly five years, Amagov simply shook off the disappointment of the result, went back to the gym, and when paired with Keith Berry last August, it was business as usual heading into the bout.

“It was just like any other fight,” Amagov said through manager / translator Sam Kardan. “I was 100% in the kill mode.”

The ensuing bout lasted just 48 seconds, with Amagov dispatching of Berry for his seventh knockout and 11th overall win, against just two losses and a draw.

“Every fight is important,” he said, “but it was important to clear the loss (to Lawler) and get
back on a winning streak.”

Leading up to the Lawler fight, Amagov was unbeaten in his previous 11 fights, with a hard-fought decision win over Ronald Stallings and a blistering knockout of Anthony Smith in Strikeforce garnering the middleweight rave reviews as part of the new wave of fighters (along with Khabib Nurmagomedov and Rustam Khabilov) from the former Soviet Union invading the big MMA shows. Then came the Lawler fight, which stopped his momentum by way of a first round TKO.

“I landed an illegal knee strike and that got me off my game,” explained Amagov when asked what went wrong that night. “I felt guilty and it messed up my strategy.”

The win over Berry got him back on track, though the closing of Strikeforce left him and his peers in momentary limbo. Amagov went back to Russia and stayed in the gym, waiting for a call from his manager to let him know what his immediate future held.

“He (Kardan) assured me that I would be transitioning to the UFC once the opportunity presents itself,” said the 26-year-old. “But it was definitely an uncertain time, as different Russian sites and reporters were asking me to comment on the situation.”

Eventually, the call came, with Amagov getting matched up with another Strikeforce alumnus, Chris Spang, this Saturday in Sweden. Describing his opponent as a “Good striker with heart; he will try to bang,” Amagov will be in enemy territory against the 5-1 native of Vaxjo, but for his first fight outside of the United States since 2010, he will have plenty of support in the stands in the form of his wife, her family, brothers Musa and Bislan, as well as friends from Moscow and Chechnya.

He will also be making his welterweight debut, a move he has been contemplating for a while now.

“The moment came to us about two and a half years ago,” said Amagov. “I was told I should be fighting at 170, but at that time I did not see it feasible, as I was fighting at 205 and sometimes heavyweight in Russia. I spoke with Sam and we decided to move down to 170 in UFC, and my coaches Greg (Jackson) and Wink (Mike Winkeljohn) approved the move. My Red Fury teammate Khabib Nurmagomedov also cuts about 20 pounds before his fights and that gave me confidence as well.”

Now all that’s left is to put his foot in the treacherous welterweight waters, something he’s looking forward to, even though he admits that at 170 there is “a lot of talent and a lot of tough guys.” Then again, Adlan Amagov is pretty talented and tough in his own right, and he’s ready to show both traits off this weekend.

“It will be an exciting fight,” he said. “When you’ve got two strikers, it will be fireworks.”

Watch Past Fights

토요일, 11월 5
Mexico City, Mexico


한 주 쉬어가는 UFC 랭킹 발표. UFC 랭킹 보고서에서 미처 방영하지 못했던 장면들 중 가장 웃긴 부분을 선별해 공개한다. 포레스트 그리핀과 맷 파리노의 입담을 확인해볼 수 있는 드문 기회다.
2016. 10. 19
UFC 라이트 헤비급 챔피언을 지냈던 라샤드 에반스, 하지만 챔피언 등극 이전에 이미 UFC의 전설 척 리델을 UFC 88 대회에서 꺾은 바 있다. 에반스는 UFC 205 대회에서 팀 케네디를 상대한다.
2016. 10. 19
UFC Minute 리사 포일스가 소개하는 UFC 206 대회입장권 구입 특전. 캐나다 토론토에서 열리는 UFC 206 대회 메인이벤트는 다니엘 코미어-앤서니 존슨 라이트헤비급 타이틀전이다.
2016. 10. 18
UFN 새크라멘토 대회에 2개 대진이 추가되었다. UFC Minute 리사 포일스가 대진 관련 뉴스를 전한다. 알란 조우반은 마이크 페리를, 콜비 코빙턴은 브리언 바버레나를 상대한다.
2016. 10. 17