Action gets underway with both fighters throwing but being slightly
cautious. Things begin to speed up with both fighters throwing bombs.
Each fighter is connecting and hurting each other as the fight progresses. Tavares was knocked down briefly but both fighters managed to absorb the damage and continue on.
Akhmedov has tried to get this fight to the mat on numerous occasions but Tavares’ stout takedown defense has kept this fight on the feet and fought at range.
A leg kick from Tavares drops Akhmedov in the third but Tavares lets him back to his feet. At this point of the fight both fighters are starting to slow down as the pace has been at all-time high.
Both fighters are standing in there going toe to toe looking for the knockout but not coming particularly close. Neither man wants to make a mistake in this one as they know this could be a big win for each one of them.
The pace has substantially slowed down in the final couple minutes of the fight. Akhmedov tries to get this fight to the mat one last time but was easily defended by Tavares.
Tavares knocks Ahmedov’s mouthpiece out briefly while the
referee returned the mouthpiece, action resumes but very slow and
measured by both men.
Akhmedov looking extremely tired and Tavares starts to pour it on him
hurting and looking for the finish. Ahmedov continues bleeding out of his
nose with his mouth open with seconds left as Tavares lands a spinning back
kick. The fight ends with what looks to be a victory by the Hawaiian