Nikita Krylov challenges Fabio Maldonado to title fight: 'It's either your hands or my feet'

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Nikita Krylov and Fabio Maldonado squaring off in the cage with a belt on the line? It won’t be in the octagon, but it might happen.

After a Fight Nights Global 77 starching of Emanuel Newton earned Krylov his second straight win since leaving the UFC, he took to the mic to issue a challenge. It was a simple, straightforward one – directed at a fellow UFC vet who happens to have recently earned the vacant FNG light heavyweight title.

“I have one thing to say – and this is: Fabio Maldonado, I challenge you to a title fight,” Krylov said. “This will be a stand-up fight. It’s either your hands or my feet. Let’s see who’s better” (via Twitter):

Krylov was the protagonist of one of the most talked-about UFC departures earlier this year. Before a first-round submission loss to Mirka Cirkunov in the octagon, the 24-year-old was riding a five-fight winning streak and was highly regarded as top talent in an otherwise shallow division.

Krylov (22-5) is ranked No. 11 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light heavyweight rankings and said it was his decision to part ways with the promotion.  Maldonado (24-11), in turn, was on a two-fight skid before the UFC cut him loose – having lost three of his last four octagon outings.

The Brazilian heavy hitter has also been enjoying some success outside the octagon, though. While Maldonado did go on a two-fight skid immediately after leaving, one of the losses was a highly controversial call against heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko.

Maldonado has also been on a two-fight, two-finish streak, which includes his first submission win in more than seven years: a guillotine choke that earned him the belt over Kurban Omarov.

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Fight Nights Global 73: Brandao exits cage mid-fight; Palhares suffers controversial loss

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Today’s Fight Nights Global 73 event featured some familiar names – and some surprising and downright ridiculous results.

The event took place place at Ali Aliev Sports Palace in Kaspiysk, Dagestan, Russia.

One of the more controversial decisions came in a welterweight fight between former UFC contender Rousimar Palhares (19-9) and Shamil Amirov (4-0). Palhares, a leg-lock specialist who threatened with multiple submission attempts, appeared to be headed to a unanimous-decision win as the fight wrapped up.

However, after a grueling third round, Amirov was announced as the surprise winner via split decision. Although Palhares has a history of controversially holding on to submissions too long (and it cost him a spot on the UFC and WSOF rosters), he wasn’t the source of the controversy this time and appeared on his way to a hard-fought victory.

Here are some highlights (via Twitter):

Check out the full fight here (via YouTube):

Things weren’t any less crazy in the Fight Nights Global 73 headliner, though.

UFC vet Diego Brandao (22-12) took on fellow lightweight Akhmed Aliev (16-4) in the day’s featured attraction, but the fight had a premature and confusing end.

Aliev had some success punishing Brandao with body shots, but when the fight hit the mat late in the second round, the 27-year-old Russian appeared to throw some punches after the ref called for a standup. Brandao, who already seemed to be tagged with some illegal shots, then answered with an illegal kick of his own to Aliev’s neck.

As the ref tried to regain order, an incensed Brandao simply hopped over the fence and exited the cage as fans hurled projectiles.

It resulted in a loss for Brandao – and an angry crowd (via Twitter):

Check out the full fight above.

Also on the card, UFC vet and tough-as-nails slugger Fabio Maldonado (24-11) picked up his first submission in 15 fights and more than seven years after catching a tiring Kurban Omarov (8-1) with a third-round guillotine.

Here’s the fight-ending submission, which earned Maldonado the vacant FNG light-heavyweight belt (via Twitter):

Full Fight Nights Global 73 results included:

  • Akhmed Aliev def. Diego Brandao (method TBA)
  • Fabio Maldonado def. Kurban Omarov via submission (guillotine) – Round 3, 3:01 – to claim vacant light heavyweight title
  • Shamil Amirov def. Rousimar Palhares via split decision
  • Artur Aliskerov def. Sergey Pogodaev via unanimous decision
  • Vladimir Dayneko def. Sultan Murtazaliev via unanimous decision
  • Yusup Suleymanov def. Alexander Panov via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:38
  • Magomed Abdulvagabov vs. Nursultan Ruziboev ruled no-contest by promoter (premature stoppage) – Round 1, 4:12
  • Timur Khizriev def. Martiros Grigoryan via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:09
  • Ivan Lukin def. Solekh Khasanov via unanimous decision
  • Magomedgadzhi Gadzhiyev def. Miguel Filipe via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:47
  • Magomedgadzhi Sirazhudinov def. Abdulkhakim Medjidov via unanimous decision
  • Ubaydula Ibragimov def. Anton Lebedev via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:59

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Brandao, Maldonado, Palhares cleared for Monday's Fight Nights Global 73 event in Dagestan

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Russia’s Fight Nights Global promotion returns to action on Monday with a card heavy on Brazilian talent.

“FNG 73: Aliev vs. Brandao” takes place at Ali Aliev Sports Palace in Kaspiysk, Dagestan, Russia. Today, the fighters hit the scale to make the 12-fight card official.

The night’s main event featured a lightweight contest between Russia’s Akhmed Aliev (15-4) and 10-time UFC veteran and “The Ultimate Fighter 14” winner Diego Brandao (22-11). The winner is expected to challenge for a title in his next outing.

In the co-feature, undefeated Russian Kurban Omarov (8-0) faces iron-chinned Brazilian slugger Fabio Maldonado (23-11) with the promotion’s vacant light heavyweight title on the line.

And in a featured matchup, Dagestan’s Shamil Amirov (3-0) takes on leglock specialist Rousimar Palhares (19-8).

Monday’s event kicks off at 5 p.m. MDK local time (10 a.m. ET). While the card does not stream (legally) outside of Russia, Fight Nights Global will upload the full card to the promotion’s YouTube page shortly after the conclusion of the event.

The FNG 73 lineup includes:

  • Akhmed Aliev (70.8 kg/156.1 lbs.) vs. Diego Brandao (70.3 kg/155 lbs.)
  • Kurban Omarov (93.4 kg/205.9 lbs.) vs. Fabio Maldonado (92.8 kg/204.6 lbs.) – for vacant light heavyweight title
  • Shamil Amirov (77.6 kg/171.1 lbs.) vs. Rousimar Palhares (77.5 kg/170.9 lbs.)
  • Artur Aliskerov (93.1 kg) vs. Sergey Pogodaev (93 kg)
  • Vladimir Dayneko (108.2 kg) vs. Sultan Murtazaliev (103 kg)
  • Alexander Panov (90.5 kg) vs. Yusup Suleymanov (93.4 kg)
  • Magomed Abdulvagabov (83.9 kg) vs. Nursultan Ruziboev (84.4 kg)
  • Martiros Grigoryan (66.3 kg) vs. Timur Khizriev (66.2 kg)
  • Solekh Khasanov (93 kg) vs. Ivan Lukin (93.4 kg)
  • Miguel Filipe (57.1 kg) vs. Magomedgadzhi Gadzhiyev (57.5 kg)
  • Abdulkhakim Medjidov (57.1 kg) vs. Magomedgadzhi Sirazhudinov (57.2 kg)
  • Anton Lebedev vs. Ubaydula Ibragimov*

* – Weights not provided by Fight Nights Global officials

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Fight Nights Global 73 set for Sept. 4 in Dagestan with Maldonado, Palhares, Brandao

Russia’s Fight Nights Global will soon host an event with a very Brazilian flair; three of the nation’s most recognized MMA names will be featured on the card.

FNG officials recently confirmed with MMAjunkie that FNG 73 will take place on Sept. 4 at Ali Aliev Sports Palace in Kaspiysk, Dagestan, Russia. Broadcast/streaming plans for the event have not been finalized.

Three bouts have been made official for the card, including Fabio Maldonado (23-11) vs. Kurban Omarov (8-0) for the promotion’s light heavyweight title, welterweights Rousimar Palhares (19-8) vs. Shamil Amirov (3-0), and featherweights Diego Brandao (22-11) vs. Akhmed Aliev (15-4).

The iron-chinned Maldonado made his promotional debut in June 2016 in a controversial majority decision loss to Fedor Emelianenko, a bout that was one of the most well-watched in Russian MMA history. Maldonado then also suffered a decision loss to Mikhail Mokhnatkin before rebounding in March with a first-round TKO win over Abdul-Khamid Davlyatov.

Meanwhile, Omarov made his professional debut in February 2013 and has since remained undefeated in the first eight pro bouts. Most recently, Omarov notched back-to-back knockout wins over Artur Astakhov and Joaquim Ferreira while competing under the FNG banner.

Palhares made his promotional debut in July, when he needed just 37 seconds to score a heel-hook victory over Alexei Ivanov that saw “Toquinho” snap a disappointing two-fight slide. He now faces Amirov, who made his professional debut in October 2016 and has since scored three wins under the FNG banner.

Brandao was released from the UFC in 2016 following a 10-fight stint for the world’s largest MMA promotion. “The Ultimate Fighter 14” winner has found success under the FNG banner, scoring a 39-second knockout of Vener Galiev in May following a highlight-reel helicopter armbar finish of Murad Machaev in January.

Meanwhile, Aliev carries a five-fight winning streak to the cage that includes a February win over “The Ultimate Fighter 8” winner Phillipe Nover. After opening his professional career with a 3-3 mark, Aliev is now 12-1 in his past 13 appearances.

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