Ahmed Abdulkadirov is a thriving lightweight prospect with a 9-1 record. The Austria-born fighter is coming off the biggest win of his MMA career in September, claiming the EMC lightweight championship. Get to know more about the 27-year-old as he continues to build his resume…
“I couldn’t really take away much from the fight since it was such a quick win. But I definitely enjoyed holding my first ever belt and title. Now I’m pumped and waiting for my title defense.”
Before MMA, Abdulkadirov began wrestling at a very young age, and ended up winning a national title in Austria. Since he didn’t have Austrian citizenship, he couldn’t participate in championships in or outside of Europe. For the love of competition and more money though, Abdulkadirov eventually made the switch to MMA.
“After my first fight, I had a lot of fun and I enjoyed the tough preparation and the lifestyle as a professional fighter,” said Abdulkadirov in response to when he knew MMA is what he was gonna fully pursue.
Abdulkadirov trains at various gyms as he doesn’t necessarily have a main team. With that said, when he’s in fight camp in preparation for a fight, he usually trains at UFD GYM in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Abdulkadirov only has one loss in MMA. That defeat came in 2017 to current UFC fighter, Ludovit Klein. Since then, Abdulkadirov has won his next/last six fights…
“I definitely learned a very important lesson that I should never fight with injuries and never accept a fight without any preparation,” says Abdulkadirov in regard to his sole loss.
In 2016, that’s when Abdulkadirov made his MMA debut. When he first fought nearly seven years ago, he was only 21 years old. Now six and a half years later and ten fights into his pro career, he’s improved along the way.
“I became more disciplined, more professional and my stand-up definitely improved a lot coming from a wrestling background without any combat experience,” says Abdulkadirov on his career progression.
In response to why he fights, Abdulkadirov says he wants to earn money and make sure his parents don’t need to work anymore, provide them a better life. “I’m looking forward to defending my title and fighting at bigger organizations such as One FC, Bellator, or the UFC.”