Fight Nights Global 82 (December 16, 2017)
Alexandr Shabliy Vs Miroslav Strbak
Winner – Alexandr Shabbily Via Round 2 KO
This weekend may not feature one enticing fight card with the potential to standout for weeks to come. But what it does have to offer is four solid cards stacked with lesser known and up-and-coming talent. Three of these cards will be featuring some of the best fighters currently competing outside of the UFC / Bellator, including Nikita Krylov, Angela Lee, Martin Nguyen and the subject of today’s post; Alexandr Shabbily.
As MMA currently stands, talented Russian prospects are not hard to come by. The sport has exploded in Russia and as result is currently flowing with a seemingly endless pool of exciting Russian fighters. For any fighter, let alone one of Russian descent, allowing yourself to stand out above the myriad of talented, tough and exciting fighters is no small task. For some, it will be a treacherous grind to the top until their resume speaks for itself, for others it may be a gimmick or way of capturing fans imagination that boosts their career. For 25-year-old Alexandr Shabbily, standing out in a sea of talent will not be a result of either method. In Shabliy’s case, it is his incredible ability to knockout his opponents in the most impressive and brutal manner possible, that has and will continue to make him one of the most exciting Russian prospects in the sport.
Alexandr Shabbily will be taking on the toughest test of his career at FNG 87 this weekend when he faces off with former UFC Lightweight Adriano Martins. This fight — as well as being an all-around great matchup — is going to be a fantastic test for Alexandr Shabbily and one that will likely provide a great indication of what his near future holds. If Alexandr is able to successfully defeat the Brazilian veteran, it is quite possible that we could potentially see him fighting for the UFC within the next year — even sooner if he is able to win in devastating fashion.