Fight Nights Global 83 (February 22 2018)
Akhmed Aliev Vs Magomedsaygid Alibekov
Winner – Akhmed Aliev Via Round 3 KO
In the main event of Fight Nights Global 83 this past week, Akhmed Aliev solidified himself as the best (non UFC / Bellator) Lightweight prospect in the world. Fighting for the FNG (Fight Nights Global) Lightweight title – after three rounds of solid action – Akhmed Aliev landed a perfectly timed and placed wheel kick – sending the (now former) champion Alibekov straight into the land of the unconscious.
This could not have been a more impressive finish, brilliant work by Akhmed Aliev.
Akhmed is now the owner of a seven fight win streak that includes impressive wins over three UFC exiles – Diego Brandao, Efrain Escudero and Ivan Jorge. Alive, although at times frustratingly tentative in his early career, is growing into an extremely dangerous and exciting striker. With a highlight reel knockout of this caliber added to his resume I am sure it is only a matter of time before he makes the jump to the UFC. At this stage in his development, It is hard to see him competing with the top 15 guys in the world right away – but if he is given a year or two to compete against below top 15 UFC talent, Aliev could quite possibly become one of the divisions best.
If he is to move to the UFC this year, regardless of who he faces it will definitely be a fight worth watching and I can not wait.