#CallHimDana: Abdoul Abdouraguimov, The Lazy King

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Abdoul Abdouraguimov began fighting in MMA as a pro with no prior amateur experience in November of 2016. Now the “Lazy King” thinks he deserves a call from Dana and the UFC…

First-Year into MMA Career

Abdouraguimov started in freestyle wrestling at the age of 16, and a few years later got into grappling. He was a National Champion, European Champion, and took third place in the Worlds in Abu Dubai competing in jiu-jitsu.

Within a year into his MMA career, Abdouraguimov fought five times and won all five while winning two titles. In five fights, he also finished by submission. Starting his career off, he fought for 100% Fight locally in France. “The Lazy King” was basically unknown at that point due to the fact the promotion he fought had no way to watch their events.

The Lazy King’s Biggest Test to Date

For a promotion called SHC in Switzerland, Abdouraguimov main evented against former UFC veteran back in May of 2018. Viscardi Andrade went 3-1 in the UFC and won two in a row before seeking free agency and meeting Abdouraguimov in the cage.

It was a grueling fight that went three rounds. Abdouraguimov comfortably won all three rounds with his wrestling. He did a good job chaining together wrestling entries to get the fight down. Andrade kept getting back up, but Abdouraguimov was consistent with takedowns winning minutes and ultimately the fight.

Brave CF Debut

Abdouraguimov signed with Brave CF in 2018 and debuted against Sidney Wheeler. Wheeler was a good prospect at the time. He was 8-2 with three consecutive wins going into the fight with Abdouraguimov.

In a high-paced fight on the feet, Abdouraguimov slowed it down by getting a takedown. After that, it was all Abdouraguimov. He took the back fairly quickly and had the ref stepping in after some unanswered ground and pound. It was a successful Brave CF debut for Abdouraguimov, and he looked good at the time, making a statement in the promotion.

Brave CF Title Shot

Following his Brave CF debut, Abdouraguimov picked up another win against Rodrigo Cavalheiro to earn himself a title shot. Jarrah Hussein Al-Silawi was the champion at the time and was on an eight-fight win streak.

In what was a closely contested fight, Abdouraguimov won by a split decision. It did get sticky for him at the end due to him being gassed out and not being defensively responsible. He did enough early on by securing takedowns and winning top control with dominant positions. Even though he was tired, Abdouraguimov still got takedowns to sway the judges his way.

The Rematch

The Abdouraguimov and Al-Silawi fight was so close that Brave decided to do a rematch a few months down the line…

Photo Credit: Brave FC

In the fight, Abdouraguimov was slower, wasn’t as strong, and telegraphed his takedowns much more. As a result, Al-Silawi made the proper adjustments and Abdouraguimov didn’t. He couldn’t get the takedowns, and by the end of round four rounds, he decided not to answer the bell to round five. It was a disappointing performance from Abdouraguimov, but Al-Silawi did look solid.

Abdouraguimov Rebounds

Almost a year removed from losing his title, Abdouraguimov got back in the cage. His opponent was Carl Booth, who was a former Brave title challenger and well-known around the middle east.

At first, Abdouraguimov got a well-timed entry into a double-leg takedown. He went into side control and did get flipped over by Booth. On top was Booth but Abdouraguimov used an arm triangle from the bottom to sweep back on top. Booth moved to his side and Abdouraguimov slid in a d’arce choke, making Booth tap. This was the best Abdouraguimov looked in his career.

Ares FC Debut

After submitting Louis Glismann, who is someone on my radar, Abdouraguimov signed with Ares FC. Because MMA is now legal in France, Ares FC is now the top promotion out of the area. Abdouraguimov was a no-brainer for Fernand Lopez to bring on board for his promotion. It was during Ares FC 2 last December that Abdouraguimov made his debut against the Brazilian Luciano Contini.

Abdouraguimov ran through Contini without even getting touched. He got a quick takedown grabbing the single leg and switching to the double leg to get the fight down. As a result of excellent chain-wrestling and decision-making on that takedown sequence, Abdouraguimov sneaked to the back and finished with the RNC.

Ares FC Title Shot

The promotion knew what they had with Abdouraguimov, so in his second fight for them they gave him a title shot. They booked him against former UFC veteran Godofredo Pepey.

It was a career defining performance by Abdouraguimov. They tied up early and Abdouraguimov got two takedowns. Pepey used an omoplata to create a scramble, but it was Abdouraguimov that capitalized. Abdouraguimov threw up an inverted triangle and cranked on the arm forcing Pepey to tap. He became the first person to ever submit Pepey.

After the Pepey fight, Abdouraguimov was 14-1, on a four-fight win streak, and with four straight first-round finishes. He’s won two big titles being the former Brave champion, and the current Ares FC title holder. Accordingly, he had a strong case to be picked up by the UFC.

Title Defense

Just recently, Abdouraguimov defended his title against the veteran and well-known Karl Amoussou. Amoussou was a Bellator veteran who had a lot of success all over the world. He has done everything there is to do besides fighting in the UFC. To obtain his goals, Abdouraguimov stopped Amoussou from reaching his.

Abdouraguimov got the takedown early. He was all over Amoussou on top, and looked like he was gonna ride to a round two. In the final seconds of the round, Abdouraguimov went off in the guard landing massive ground and pound, including some smashing elbows. Amoussou survived the round, but his face was busted up and never got off the stool.

Photo Credit: Ares FC

Abdouraguimov is now 15-1, on a five-fight win streak, and five straight first-round finishes. The UFC is coming to France for the first time on September 3rd. The card is nearly full, so getting him a spot on the card is a must. Since his loss to Al-Silawi in 2019, Abdouraguimov is leaps and bounds a better fighter. Although the nickname is the “Lazy King,” he’s now got a mean demeanor when he steps in the cage.

He’s chasing finishes and doing it against the best competition he’s faced in his career. Ares FC is a good promotion, and is really good at scouting talent. But it’s time for Abdouraguimov to fight along the best in the world. Call him, Dana!

The Lazy King’s Message to Dana White

“Hey Dana, what’s up? Don’t you see me? Because people are demanding to see the ‘Lazy King’ in the UFC. I’ve won multiple world titles in MMA. I have won my last five fights with all first-round finishes. I have all you need to have the money and the PPV fights so I’m here and ready, let’s go! I am from Dagestan, but I am a unique specimen. I am not a traditional Dagestanian guy. I’m different. I’m the Lazy King.”

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