In a stunning turn of events at ACA 168, Anatoly Kondratiev orchestrated a remarkable comeback, enduring brutal slams to secure a jaw-dropping technical knockout victory over Abdul Karim Badakhshi. This flyweight bout on the preliminary card unfolded into an all-out war, leaving fans on the edge of their seats.
Absolute Championship Akhmat (ACA), Russia’s premier mixed martial arts promotion, is no stranger to hosting spectacular events, and ACA 168 on December 24 in Moscow proved no exception. The organization’s rapid growth, massive fan base, and a roster teeming with talent set the stage for an electrifying night of fights.
The spotlight, however, shone brightest on the flyweight clash between Anatoly Kondratiev and Abdul Karim Badakhshi during the preliminary card. From the opening horn, the fighters engaged in a fierce battle, showcasing incredible back-and-forth exchanges that had the audience enraptured.
Midway through the round, the action transitioned to the ground, with Badakhshi asserting dominance over Kondratiev. Displaying superior grappling skills, Badakhshi unleashed swift movements and multiple submission attempts. Despite the onslaught, Kondratiev resiliently defended himself.
In a pivotal moment, Kondratiev secured the full-guard position, only to face two brutal slams from Badakhshi. Dazed by the impact, Kondratiev regained composure and retaliated with a triangle attempt.
Evading the choke, Badakhshi and Kondratiev returned to their feet, engaging in another brutal striking exchange. This time, Kondratiev found his mark with a powerful liver shot that dropped Badakhshi, signaling a potential turnaround.
Undeterred, Kondratiev pursued Badakhshi to the ground, unleashing a relentless ground-and-pound assault. With Badakhshi helpless, the referee intervened, declaring Kondratiev the victor via first-round technical knockout.
Anatoly Kondratiev’s triumphant return to the win column elevated his record to 9 wins and 4 losses, while Abdul Karim Badakhshi, grappling with back-to-back losses, now holds a record of 7 wins and 2 losses. The breathtaking sequence of events during ACA 168 solidifies this bout as one of the most memorable in recent MMA history