Sleeping Giants: A closer look at Russian heavyweight Shamil Abdurahimov


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Shamil Adburahimov
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 231 lbs.
Record: 12-1-0

Like many Russian mixed martial artists, little is known about Shamil Adburahimov and his quiet ascension within the ranks of the MMA heavyweight division.

With a build like famed Russian fighter Fedor Emelianenko, but taller, his physique may not appear that itimidating to most men in his weight class. His base is freestyle wrestling and he uses boxing when standing to earn himself an impressive record of 12-1.

Adburahimov recently won the Abu Dhabi FC Open Weight Grand Prix by defeating Jeff Monson, Sokoudjou and Marcus Oliveria. His other wins may be against men you've never heard of, but of his 12 wins, only two went to a decision. His toughness is also evident through his record as his lone loss came by decision to Thiago Santos back in November of 2009.

There are no upcoming bouts as of yet for Shamil but don't be surprised if he ends up in Bellator or Strikeforce sooner rather than later. He may be the top European heavyweight prospect and before M-1 scoops him up your promoter of choice may invest some interest.

Check out some clips of Shamil Abdurahimov to see why:


So Maniacs, who would you put this man against?

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