Bellator MMA and One Championship alum Tony Johnson is going to celebrate Thanksgiving in a big way after capturing the Absolute Championship Akhmat heavyweight belt.
In the main event of ACA 114, former Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor Daniel Omielanczuk (24-10-1, 1 NC) clashed with Johnson (14-5-1, 1 NC) for the vacant heavyweight championship. The battle lasted a mere 69 seconds, and saw Omielanczuk aggressively chasing his opponent right out of the gate. At first, Johnson attempted to push away from his opponent’s offensive by extending his fingers towards Omielanczuk, but referee Herb Dean had none of that. After receiving a warning, “The Hulk” clipped Omielanczuk with a deadly duo of punches, sending the Polish fighter crashing to the canvas with a left hook behind the ear followed by a quick right hand on the jaw. Johnson dove down to finish the job with a few follow-up punches until Dean jumped to save Omielanczuk from any further harm. The finish marked the first time that Poland’s Omielanczuk had ever been stopped with strikes in his 36-fight career.
The co-main event saw Nikola Dipchikov (20-7) square off with Rafal Haratyk (13-4-2) in the middleweight division. The match started slowly, as Dipchikov utilized unorthodox movement and footwork to come out of his corner. His opponent Haratyk looked as if he wanted to knock his head off with every punch he threw. The Bulgarian capitalized on the wild aggression, targeting a blistering left hand that rocked Haratyk. Sensing the finish, Dipchikov pressed on the accelerator and nailed his opponent with another left hand, dropping Haratyk to the canvas and forcing the referee to jump in and stop the action at the 3:44 mark of the first stanza. In his post-fight interview, Dipchikov staked his claim for a crack at Salamu Abdurahmanov’s championship in his next fight.
It took three rounds of hard work for Aurel Pirtea (22-11) to edge UFC vet Levan Makashvili (17-4-1), but eventually, the Romanian fighter convinced the majority of the judges cageside. “The Miner” looked to move the action on the canvas for the majority of the fight while Makashvili fought hard to keep it standing. In the second stanza, Pirtea was inches away from securing a guillotine choke finish, but his Georgian opponent resisted the submission attempt. In the third, Pirtea punished Makashvili with some hard shots, and did enough to take home a split decision victory.
Elsewhere, Leonardo Limberger (14-1) overcame Dmitriy Parubchenko (14-2) thanks to the judges’ unanimous scorecards in a 145-pound affair. In the opening fight of the main card, Bartosz Lesko (10-1-2) upended Rene Pessoa (22-7) via unanimous decision at the end of a close, hard-fought battle.