From authoring highlight-reel victories to capturing championship belts, Asu “Zulfikar” Almabaev has done everything that there is to accomplish at the regional level.
On August 21st, the 27-year-old submission specialist will open a new chapter in his professional mixed martial arts career through BRAVE Combat Federation.
He is set to make his debut on the global stage at BRAVE CF 53 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, squaring off with Ukraine’s Aleksander Doskalchuk in a three-round flyweight encounter.
“I never wanted to be anything else other than an MMA fighter and face the best there is. Fortunately, BRAVE CF’s flyweight division has the best flyweight fighters in the world, and I am happy to share the cage with such experienced fighters,” Almabaev said of his scheduled maiden appearance under the promotion’s banner.
Ranked No. 3 among active flyweights in Central Asia, Almabaev turned heads with his impressive professional record of 12-2 with six wins via submission and two by knockout.
Moreover, he has not tasted a single defeat since April 2017, riding high on a remarkable eight-bout winning streak—with five of those victories coming by way of finish. During that span, “Zulfikar” simultaneously held both flyweight titles in M-1 Global and Naiza Fighting Championship.
Almabaev is making space for another strap in his trophy room—the BRAVE CF Flyweight World Championship. The said intricately-crafted hardware is up for grabs in the ongoing BRAVE CF Flyweight World Title Tournament.
The Kazakh seems to be on the right path as a convincing victory over a fellow ex-M-1 Global champion with a 10-2 standing could put him in contention for the crown against the winner of the tourney.
The BRAVE CF Flyweight World Title Tournament is near its grand finale as Ali “The King Puncher” Bagautinov is penciled to take on Jose “Shorty” Torres in the last semi-final matchup at an event yet to be announced—with the victor moving on to battle Velimurad Alkhasov in the championship round.
“I’m glad to know the fighters in the flyweight tournament, but I don’t think we have much in common,” Almabaev stated with confidence.