Welterweight Grand Prix Added to Elite MMA Championship 5 Card on Sept. 5

By Tristen Critchfield Aug 26, 2020
The semifinals of a welterweight grand prix will take place at Elite MMA Championship 5 on Sept. 5.

The promotion announced Wednesday that Ismail Naurdiev, Amiran Gogoladze, Pavel Kusch and Tymoteusz Lopaczyk will take part in the 170-pound bracket. The semifinals will go down on Sept. 5, and the winners will square off for the vacant welterweight crown at EMC 6 later this year.

EMC 5 will be held in Dusseldorf, Germany, and is headlined by a heavyweight championship clash between Satoshi Ishii and Stuart Austin.

Austria’s Naurdiev is a four-time UFC veteran who went 2-2 during his stint with the Las Vegas-based promotion. The 24-year-old has compiled a 19-4 professional mark and owns wins over Siyar Bahadurzada, Michel Prazeres and Ben Alloway.

Gogoladze is a 22-year-old prospect hailing from Akhaltsikhe, Georgia. The M-1 Challenge veteran has been victorious in 10 of his 11 professional appearances.

A native of Ukraine, Kusch is coming off a three-bout stint in the Professional Fighters League in which he went 1-2 but posted a notable win over UFC talent Abubakar Nurmagomedov. His 23-7 career record includes 20 victories by way of submission.

Poland’s Lopaczyk is the least experienced of the four competitors. While competing on the regional circuit, he has compiled a 6-1 mark and finished five of those wins by TKO or submission.

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