Marat Gafurov Impresses after leaving ONE FC with First-Round Submission Victory

Marat Gafurov, former ONE Championship and M-1 Global champion, showcased his dominance in his debut at Absolute Championship Akhmat (ACA) with a swift first-round submission win.

 Gafurov is joined by several high profile stars in leaving ONE FC. Current ONE Featherweight world champion Chingiz Allazov is leaving ONE Championship to become a free agent, according to reports from Beyond Kickboxing. llazov cited dissatisfaction with the contract terms offered by ONE Championship as the primary reason for his decision to leave the promotion. Despite acknowledging ONE as one of the best kickboxing promotions, he expressed a desire to prioritize his heart, legacy, and dreams in his career trajectory. Undefeated Dagestani Murad Ramazanov has signed with the PFL after leaving ONE Championship. Ramazanov’s departure from ONE Championship underscores the organization’s challenges in retaining top talent, with high-profile fighters opting to explore opportunities elsewhere. ONE Championship’s MMA activity has faced criticism, potentially influencing fighters’ decisions to seek opportunities in other promotions.

Absolute Championship Akhmat (ACA), a renowned MMA promotion based in Russia, hosted its exhilarating event, ACA172, in Moscow on March 9, featuring a lineup of seasoned athletes and rising stars.

Among the thrilling matchups, the welterweight bout between Marat Gafurov and Gabor Boraros stole the spotlight. Despite both fighters’ extensive experience in the sport, Gafurov, at 39 years old, demonstrated that he remains a formidable force.

From the onset, Gafurov displayed his grappling prowess, swiftly gaining control over Boraros. Despite Boraros’ resilience, Gafurov’s superior skills proved insurmountable. Despite Boraros’ valiant efforts to defend and escape, Gafurov’s technique prevailed.

In a decisive moment, Gafurov secured an armbar, swiftly forcing Boraros to submit, clinching victory in the first round. The referee signaled Gafurov’s win, marking a successful debut in ACA for the Russian fighter.

With this victory, Gafurov advances his record to 20 wins and 4 losses, while Boraros sees his two-win streak snapped, bringing his record to 20 wins, 11 losses, and 1 draw. Gafurov’s impressive performance solidifies his position as a force to be reckoned with in the ACA promotion.