MMA fighter chokes despite being tapped

MMA fighter chokes despite being tapped

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MMA fighter Mikhail Tarkhanov took advantage of a submission attempt by Alibek Kuzhbaev but still found himself with the lights out at Naiza FC 44.

Tarkhanov and Kuzhbaev opened the Naiza FC 44 main card on Friday in Almaty, KZ. Both featherweights were aiming to get back into the win column after recent losses in their last performances.

Just seconds before the conclusion of Round 1, Kuzhbaev moved the fight to the ground before trapping Tarkhanov in a north-south choke. It didn’t take long for Tarkhanov to tap, although the referee reacted late to the tap and Tarkhanov fell unconscious.

MMA fighter Alibek Kuzhbaev submitted Mikhail Tarkhanov to Naiza FC 44

Watch below as Kuzhbaev gets the finish and the referee is late to prevent Tarkhanov from falling asleep.

Kuzhbaev lost to Elvis Martins via second-round TKO at Naiza FC 36 last December. He was supposed to face Agoney Romero at Naiza FC 44 before Romero pulled out for an undisclosed reason.

Tarkhanov has now lost nine fights in a row since a victory over Mikhail Dekterev at RBM 7 in December 2020. It was the fifth time during the current losing streak that he has been submitted.

Naiza FC 44 featured two title fights and a lightweight title headliner between Magomed Kabardiev and Farkhodjon Mashrapov.

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