ACA President Alexey Yatsenko on ACA 114 Headliner: ‘A Real 5-Round Battle of the Titans’

On Nov. 26, top-ranked Absolute Championship Akhmat heavyweights Daniel Omielanczuk and Tony Johnson will fight for the vacant ACA heavyweight title.

According to ACA President Alexey Yatsenko, ACA 114 in Lodz, Poland, will go on without spectators, taking into account the local COVID-19 restrictions in place. The event, which will be available for purchase on pay-per-view through the ACA website, will otherwise be unaffected.

“It will be a real five-round battle of the titans,” Yatsenko exclaimed to Sherdog. “The title became vacant after its owner Mukhomad Vakhaev finished his contract with our organization, and it was decided not to renew it by mutual agreement. The main contender, the first number of the heavyweight ranking, the Pole Daniel Omielanczuk received a serious opponent. Although Tony Johnson lost in his last fight to Evgeniy Goncharov, we all saw that this victory was won with the ‘bicycle tactics,’ when the Russian wearing down the American.”

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Omielanczuk (24-9-1, 1 NC) knocked out Evgeny Erokhin, Denis Smoldarev and Tomas Pakutinskas in his last three fights. In an interview for Sherdog, he said that he has not been chasing titles for a long time, but he is more interested in competing and making money. As a UFC fighter, Omielanczuk came up short against foes like Curtis Blaydes, Timothy Johnson and Stefan Struve. On the other hand, he managed to defeat opponents like Alexey Oleinik, Jarjis Danho and Chris de la Rocha.

Johnson (13-5-1, 1 NC) is the #3 ranked heavyweight in ACA. Throughout his career, he defeated multiple famous fighters like Alexander Volkov, Tim Sylvia and Derrick Lewis. In 2018, “Hulk” engaged in a memorable battle with Alexander Emelianenko in 2018, where the two goliaths fought to a draw. After several bouts in One Championship and Bellator MMA, Johnson found his way to ACA in 2019 and has competed three times. His debut was victorious, when he tapped out Denis Smoldarev in the first round to earn a title shot. His attempt to win the belt was unsuccessful when his pairing with Goncharov was declared as no contest due to an accidental eye poke. In the rematch, Goncharov won by decision.
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