Shamil Abdurakhimov sorry for not finishing Andrei Arlovski
At UFC Fight Night in Moscow, Shamil Abdurakhimov won the main event bout against a former champion, Andrei Arlovski. It was the UFC’s debut event in Russia.
“I was really hopeful I could finish the fight in the first round, but it didn’t happen,” Abdurakhimov told MMAjunkie through a translator after the fight. “I wasn’t nervous. I felt really great. But when you can’t do everything you planned, it’s a lot of pressure.”
“I wanted to make him come to me and exchange,” he said. “I was hoping for a knockout, but it didn’t happen.”
“Next time, just give me someone from the top six or top seven,” Abdurakhimov said. “I’ll be ready my next fight. You’ll see I can do even more – I’ll prove it to you.”