Considered one of the best MMA prospects today, Abdoul Abdouraguimov captured gold across the regional MMA scene before making his PFL debut tonight. With just one loss in his 18-fight MMA career thus far, Abdouraguimov has won six straight. “The Lazy King” most recently fought in January, scoring a fifth-round submission of Rafal Haratyk. Of his 16 victories, 13 have come via a finish.
Brad Wheeler ends a retirement tonight with this bout, competing in MMA for the first time in over four years. A former regional lightweight champion who began his professional MMA journey in 2009, Wheeler was known as a submission expert. He won two of his most recent three bouts, and his most recent fight saw him earn a second-round TKO of John Maguire in March 2019.
Will this 180-pound showcase be a successful PFL debut “The Lazy King?” Or will Wheeler come out of retirement to shock the world and play spoiler in front of Abdouraguimov’s native French crowd?
Wheeler lands a jab to the midsection. Abdouraguimov with a low kick. Wheeler throws a solid combination early. Low kick from Abdouraguimov. Left hand by Wheeler. Another combination by Wheeler. A low kick from Abdouraguimov wobbles Wheeler’s balance a little. Abdouraguimov drives Wheeler into the SmartCage and takes him down. Abdouraguimov grabs a hold of the neck and locks in a choke. Wheeler gets out of it, but Abdouraguimov is still on top of them. Abdouraguimov regains back control. Abdouraguimov flattens him out and looks for an arm-triangle.
Abdouraguimov transitions back into a rear-naked choke. Abdouraguimov locks in a body lock and he gets the tap!
“The Lazy King” gets the job done in Paris! A strong message to send before he joins the global PFL lightweight division in 2024!
Abdoul Abdouraguimov def. Brad Wheeler via first-round submission (rear-naked choke, 2:43)