In a standout moment at ACA 169, Magomed Bibulatov showcased the power of precision leg kicks, securing victory in a bantamweight grand prix semi-final against Tomas Deak. The event, hosted by Absolute Championship Akhmat (ACA), unfolded on January 26 in Chechnya, Russia.
The match was a relentless exchange from the outset, with both Bibulatov and Deak trading powerful strikes and showcasing their grappling skills. However, as the match progressed, Bibulatov gained the upper hand in the third round.
Capitalizing on Deak’s apparent exhaustion, Bibulatov unleashed a series of leg kicks, with a particularly brutal calf kick near the end of the round. The impact rendered Deak’s left leg unusable, causing him to collapse in pain. Bibulatov seized the opportunity and delivered a ground-and-pound, prompting the referee to stop the match and declare Bibulatov the victor.
With this impressive victory, Bibulatov advanced to the final, elevating his professional MMA record to 21 wins and 3 losses. On the other hand, Deak, now faced with returning to the win column, holds a total record of 23 wins, 13 losses, and 1 draw.
The effectiveness of leg kicks, whether directed at the thigh or calf, was evident in Bibulatov’s strategic execution. This technique, known for its speed and ability to wear down opponents over time, proved instrumental in Bibulatov’s dominating performance, highlighting the significance of precise striking in MMA.