Oct 9, 2013; Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil; A general view of the octagon before UFC Fight Night 29 between Demian Maia and Jake Shields at Jose Correa Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Omari Akhmedov wants to drop to welterweight

While most fighters move down in weight classes after one or two defeats, but undefeated Russia fighter Omari Akhmedov is making the decision to move from middleweight to welterweight in 2014.

Akhmedov, who is coming off a “Fight of the Night” performance in UFC debut against Thiago Perpétuo, announced his intention to drop to 170-pounds.

Akhmedov said he naturally weighs 185 and he would not have to cut much weight. With six knockouts and four submissions, the Russian fighter could offer a lot to the UFC’s welterweight division, which already has hard hitters like Carlos Condit, Johnny Hendricks and Matt Brown. The 170 pound weight class has enough fighters to give Akhmedov a good challenge in the octagon.

The UFC is also looking to host a show in Russia and Akhmedov could be a draw at the event, especially if he was pitted against a top ranked opponent. All he needs is a one or two impressive wins in his first few fights at 170.


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