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“You can hit any opponent.” A friend of Taktarov is being pushed to the UFC superstar title

Date: June 25, 2024 Time: 15:49:39

“You can hit any opponent.” A friend of Taktarov is being pushed to the UFC superstar title

Igor Nekrasov June 19, 2023, 19:30 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.

Rinat Fakhretdinov causes a stir in the best promotion in the world.

On the night of July 2, the UFC Vegas 76 tournament will take place in Las Vegas. The tournament card will feature Russian welterweight Rinat Fakhretdinov, who will have to fight Kevin Lee, who was once a real star. of the promotion For Fakhretdinov, the American is the first opponent in the UFC with a big name, and defeating him will help Oleg Taktarov’s friend fly to the top and get closer to the title race.

Fakhretdinov, 31, has been in mixed martial arts for ten years. During this time, Rinat got a good record: after winning the professional debut fight, he followed the only defeat in his career from Aigun Akhmedov. After that, Fakhretdinov won 17 fights in a row and was enrolled in the strongest league in the world. In his debut fight under the auspices of the UFC, Rinat outclassed the Greek fighter Andreas Mikhailidis with a skating rink.

Andreas could not do anything with the fight of the first Tatar in the UFC. Six months later, Fakhretdinov fought his second fight in the organization, against American Brian Battle. The same fate awaited him as Mikhailidis – in the first two rounds, Rinat easily transferred the opponent to the ground and mercilessly beat him to the ground. In the third round, Fakhretdinov completely knocked Brian down, but did not finish off the opponent. The American lived to see the decision of the judges, but lost the fight on all counts.

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After only two appearances in the UFC, Rinat has already received a famous fighter as a rival. Lee is a former contender for the lightweight championship belt. Tony Ferguson snapped Kevin’s five-fight winning streak and took the vacant temporary belt, after which Lee began a black streak. He lost four of six fights and was fired from the UFC. In 2022, the American played in the Khabib league, who at one time constantly attacked in the press and looked for loopholes in his technique. After defeating Diego Sanchez, Lee went six months without fighting, after which he unexpectedly announced the signing of a new contract with the UFC.

Now, 30-year-old Kevin competes in the welterweight division and talks about a new version of himself. The fight with Fakhretdinov will be the first after his return, and the American has high hopes for him. But it seems to be in vain.

In his current form, Rinat can turn an opponent into a punching bag. All the big words about the new Lee and championship ambitions will be forgotten when the Russian moves Kevin to the ground, where the American won’t stand a chance. Kevin hasn’t fought in over a year, and at a high level for a couple of years. Such downtime cannot go unnoticed, especially since before he was fired from the UFC, Kevin lost to everyone in a row. The fact that Lee can return to the top form of the 2017 model six years later is hard to believe, to put it mildly.

Rinat, on the other hand, is on the rise and ready to make some noise in the UFC. By defeating the former championship belt contender, Rinat will open new doors in the organization, and it seems the UFC is interested in this as they fed a guy they just signed a new contract with. Fakhretdinov should fly up to the ranks of the welterweight division and declare himself outright.

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Fakhretdinov’s friend and deputy, the legendary Oleg Taktarov, has no doubts about Rinat’s victory over Kevin Lee. In both fights, Russian Taktarov was in his corner, helping translate the coaches’ speeches and sharing advice.

“I am sure that Rinat will win this fight. Kevin Lee, although he has a lot of experience, Rinat is already ready for fighters of this level. He’s already at a stage in his career where he can be hit by any opponent. If I am in the United States at that time, I will be ready to support him again during the fight. I took Rinat to fight twice, and both times he won,” Metaratings quotes Taktarov.

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