Sweden’s Martin Akhtar (8-3) faced Chinese fighter Muha Li (3-3) again. The two battled at Abu Dhabi Warriors 3 back in October of 2015, and they are did it one more time Saturday night on the Art of War card at the Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium in Beijing, China.
The first fight was an intense slug fest that went back and forth until the Malmo fighter used knees to stun Li and once it was on the ground used a slick transition to get the tap with only seconds remaining. See live play-by-play below.
Early on in the round Martin ends up on his back after a nice double leg takedown by Li but he defends well, with movement and bottom control. Li briefly takes his back and throws him high but no harm done.
Li lets him up but attacks fast with a overhand punch, they end up in the corner and struggles for dominant positions, Akhtar lands a nice knee to the head before they end up on the mat again but this time it’s Martin on top. The swede escapes a knee bar attempt, gets back up and lands some nice elbows before trying to end it by a guillotine.
Li endured and takes the back going for a rear naked choke but Akthtar escaped that to. After another visit to the canvas with a lot of scramble they get up and Akthar shows off his striking skills, he takes Li down and hammer away until referee Herb Dean steps in and stops it at 1:46 in the first round. Martin Akhtar wins by TKO!
It is the fourth straight win for the Team Akhtar fighter. The 35 year old is now 8 wins and 3 losses with his last loss coming at Superior Challenge 11 back in 2014.
You can find a video of the fight at http://sports.le.com/match/1008496003.html.