Russia vs USA: Omari Akhmedov, Zak Cummings fight at ‘UFC 242’ in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Omari Akhmedov, Zak Cummings

  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
  • Title: “UFC 242”
  • Venue: The Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Date: September 7, 2019

Countries represented



  1. Carlos Diego Ferreira
  2. Davi “The Tasmanian Devil” Ramos
  3. Edson “Junior” Barboza


  1. Nordine Taleb


  1. Lerone “The Miracle” Murphy


  1. Teemu Packalen


  1. Fares “Smile Killer” Ziam


  1. Liana “Mgeli” Jojua


  1. Ottman “Bulldozer” Azaitar


  1. Takashi Sato


  1. Ottman “Bulldozer” Azaitar


  1. Omari “Wolverine” Akhmedov
  2. Muslim “King of Kung Fu” Salikhov
  3. Zubaira “Warrior” Tukhugov
  4. Mairbek “Beckan” Taisumov
  5. Shamil “Abrek” Abdurakhimov
  6. Islam Makhachev
  7. Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov


  1. Joanne “JoJo” Calderwood

South Africa

  1. Don “Magic Man” Madge

United States

  1. Zak Cummings
  2. Belal “Remember the Name” Muhammad
  3. Sarah “Cheesecake” Moras
  4. Andrea “KGB” Lee
  5. Curtis “Razor” Blaydes
  6. Paul “The Irish Dragon” Felder
  7. Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier

Bout #: 2 of 13 

Blue Corner

  • Name: Zak Cummings
  • Age: 35
  • Hometown: Missouri, USA
  • Gym: Springfield Fight Club, Springfield, Missouri
  • Professional MMA record before fight night: 23 wins, 6 losses
  • UFC record before fight night: 8 wins, 3 losses
  • Opponents defeated in the UFC before fight night: Benny Alloway, Yan Cabral, Dominique Steele, Nicolas Dalby, Alexander Yakovlev, Nathan Coy, Trevor Smith, Trevin Giles

Red Corner

  • Name: Omari “Wolverine” Akhmedov
  • Age: 31
  • Hometown: Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia
  • Gym: DagFighter, Makhachkala
  • Professional MMA record before fight night: 18 wins, 4 losses, 1 draw
  • UFC record before fight night:  6 wins, 3 losses
  • Opponents defeated in the UFC before fight night: Thiago Perpetuo, Mats Nilsson, Brian Ebersole, Kyle Noke, Abdul Razak Alhassan, Tim Boetsch


  • Division: Middleweight
  • Referee: Marc Goddard
  • Method: Unanimous Decision
  • Time and Round: 5:00 of Round 3

The main event of “UFC 242” was a  UFC Lightweight Championship title unification bout between current champion Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov, 30, of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia and interim champion Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier, 30, of Coconut Creek, Florida, United States.

“UFC Fight Night 157” was the third UFC event to take place in Abu Dhabi. Watch the full post-fight press conference here:


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