On December 25th Almaty will host the GFC 23. Prosports.kz offers you a preview of the upcoming event.
GFC Russian Promotion – Gorilla Fighting has been gaining momentum in the mixed martial arts world over the past 12 months. The company is based in the Battle of the Volga tournament series. The first tournament under the patronage of the GFC took place in May this year, which received the 11th number.
Russian transportation came to Kazakhstan for the first time in September this year when the 17th GFC tournament was held in Atyrau. The event in Kazakhstan was only a matter of time as all leading Russian promotions have been actively paying attention to the domestic market in recent years given the number of our fighters.
At their next tournament in Kazakhstan, the GFC matchmakers did not pull and will host it on December 25th in Almaty in the Almaty Arena ice palace. This time, the Kazakh athletes had no time to prepare properly, as the event was announced just a month ago.
As part of the upcoming tournament, most athletes from Kazakhstan will represent the well-known Arlan MMA Pro team. As stated by the team's representatives, they attracted the tournament fighters of the second and third compositions. Nevertheless, young and promising team athletes are prepared for all challenges. As for the card, the matchmakers of the Russian company picked up extremely strong opponents for our fighters that you won't see at events in Russia. According to the Arlan MMA Pro team's press service, they are ready for great trials and the support of Kazakh fans.
In the early map, Russian debutant Khasan Bazorov will be the first to enter the octagon. Joni Marcus (5-8) from Brazil will compete against him.
In the second duel of the early card, Abylay Toles (6-1-0) appears as a representative of the Arlan MMA Pro team. Most recently, Tolesh signed a contract with a Kazakh team. As for the Tolesh record, the fighter made his MMA debut in 2015 with an offensive defeat, but the athlete ended the next six fights in his favor.
After appearances in Kazakhstan, Abylai made his M-1 Global debut last year and signed a contract with GFC in September. At the GFC-17 tournament, Toles hit Zach Fatullazde (14-9) from Georgia hard. This time Toles in Almaty meets Khushed Nazarov (4-0) from Tajikistan. The Kazakh public can remember Nazarova when speaking at the Alash Pride tournament last year.
In the fifth fights of the evening, Kazakhstan Azamat Bakytov (5-0) competes in the lightweight class (70 kg). Zaur Betergarayev (11-3) from Russia will compete against him. Betergaraev has not entered the octagon since February last year when he lost to a fighter from Azerbaijan due to a technical defeat.
The winner of the Kazakhstan Fighters shows Elaman Shertaev (4-0) in the light weight class (62 kg). The Kazakh fighter's rival will be Umar Kunakbiev (2-0) from Russia.
An exciting fight between Ruslan Sariev (10: 0), who represents the Arlan MMA Pro team, and Mateus Browns (6: 0) is waiting for the duel of the first card of the audience together. The 22-year-old Sariev caught the attention of fans a few years ago and has strengthened his position in the past two years. The fighter made his GFC debut in September this year when he defeated Russian judge Rashid Vagabov. His rival, the 25-year-old Brazilian, will play a second game this year, with Brown's previous fight taking place in October. It is worth noting that Mateus is preparing for this fight in the TATA Fight Team hall, where Tiago Santos, former contender for UFC light heavyweight training, is training.
A Kazan MMA veteran Adil Boranbaev (16-7-1) will appear in the main duel of the early map. "Boran" successfully started its business again at the Bushido Grand Prix in Kazakhstan (70 kg) in October this year. After a year and a half of downtime, Boranbaev fought three fights in one evening in October this year. Which made the fighter the winner of the Grand Prix. The rival Kazakhstan will be no less experienced than the Brazilian Sandro de Souza (17-8-1). The 37-year-old fighter from South America has not entered the octagon since September last year and has achieved a record of 3: 2 in the last five fights.
The promising Sabit Zhusupov (9-2) from the Arlan MMA Pro Team will open the main card of the evening. 2019 was the best year for a Kazakh fighter. Zhusupov made his brilliant debut in the M-1 Challenge in June of this year, and strengthened his success in October by defeating Gleb Khabibullin from Russia. After the athlete became world champion in panking, he made his debut in the Russian promotion WTKF earlier this month. In Almaty, Sabit meets Brazilian Tarcisio Gomez (8: 3). This year, the Brazilian achieved a record 2-1.
In the third game of the evening, Arlan MMA Pro Team's Zhasulan Akimzhanov (4: 1) appears. The fighter started his career in 2016, but really declared himself in October of that year. At GFC tournament 19, Akimzhanov, an outsider, brutally knocked out experienced Migran Harutyunyan (3-1) from Armenia. Few expected Akimzhanov to defeat the 2016 Olympic Games silver medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling, but a Kazakhstan fighter from the turntable knocked out an opponent in the third round. After such a victory, the Zhora Ayvazyan champion drew attention to Zhasulan. On the eve of the GFC 23 tournament, the Kazakh fighter changed opponents twice and Vladislav Korolevsky (5-3) will leave Russia against Akimzhanov on October 25. The 22-year-old fighter from Krasnodar returns to the octagon after his defeat in July this year.
MMA veteran Igor Svirid (10-8) will perform in the evening's co-main match. The 33-year-old middleweight (84 kg) fighter last entered the octagon in March of this year when he lost to Russia after a judge's decision against Valery Myasnikov. In the last five fights, Svirid had a record of 1 to 4 and the last victory was in September 2017. The upcoming fight will be extremely important to the Kazakh fighter, since in the event of a defeat the promotion may not sign a contract with Lionheart. Rival Svirida will be Adriano Rodriguez (14-4) from Brazil.
In the main game of the evening, a fighter from the Arlan MMA Pro team Dauren Ermekov (13-4) meets Arthur Huseynov from Russia. The Kazin fighter of the Erkin Kush Club resumed operations in September this year after a year and a half of downtime. In September at the GFC tournament 17 Yermekov after the decision of judge Sergey Kalinin from Russia.
Dauren was originally scheduled to appear at the Fight Nights Global tournament in April next year. Kazakhstan's rival was supposed to be Vladimir Mineev, and the middleweight belt was at stake. But FN Global management appears to be planning a rematch between Mineev and Magomed Ismailov. Ermekov will meet Arthur Huseynov (24-8) from Russia next Wednesday. The 35-year-old Arthur made his successful debut at GFC in June this year. In the last five fights, the fighter has scored a 3-2 record. An upcoming GFC middleweight title is at stake.
We add that the live broadcast of the GFC 23 tournament will be available on December 25th at Prosports.kz.