Felipe Froes will defend his featherweight crown against Magomedrasul Khasbulaev in the Absolute Championship Akhmat 113 headliner.
The ACA 113 event, scheduled for November 6 in Moscow at the VTB Arena, will be held without spectators. ACA president Alexey Yatsenko confirmed the news to Sherdog.com.
“In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we decided to organize the Moscow ACA 113 tournament only in a TV format. The broadcast will be available on our mobile application and our website in pay-per-view format,” Yatsenko said.
A veteran of M-1 and Bellator, “Frodo” Khasbulaev is a student of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov and a relative of Khabib Nurmagomedov. One of the most famous Russian featherweight fighters, he has compiled a 32-8 record over the course of his career. In ACA competition, he has defeated Muhammad Kokov, Levan Makashvili and Alexander Bezerra. Khasbulaev has won 10 of his last 12 bouts, with his only two defeats during that time coming at the hands of former ACA champ Salman Zhamaldaev.
The Brazilian is 6 years younger than his opponent and is 18-4 as a professional. In October 2017, he lost to Zhamaldaev by a split decision at World Fighting Championship Akhmat 43, but exactly two years later he defeated Zhamaldaev by unanimous decision in a rematch at ACA 100. In his other two fights under the ACA banner, Froes has bested Frantz Slioa and Saifullah Dzhabrailov.
Three other bouts were confirmed for ACA 113: Nodar Kudukhashvili (17-6) vs. Abdul-Rahman Dzhanaev (12-2); Rashid Magomedov (23-5-1) vs. Artem Damkovsky (23-11) and Gadzhimurad Khiramagomedov (8-4) vs. Elias Silverio (17-4-1).