Tips in Russian – the secret of victory. Briton Mokaev repeats Australian Tszyu

Evgeny Narizhny

Evgeny Narizhny

How was the fight between Mokaev and Johnson

English and Bahraini Dagestanis achieved victory thanks to the Russian language.

On the evening of July 23 in London, England, the second in 2022 British UFC Fight Night tournament takes place. In the main bout of the event, heavyweights Curtis Blades and Tom Aspinall will meet, and in the prelims, American Charles Johnson fought against Dagestan from Manchester Muhammad Mokaev.

21-year-old Mokaev broke into the promotion of Dana White with a hot victory in 57 seconds – in March he brought a flying knee to the head of Cody Durden, and then threw a “guillotine” around his neck and made him knock. His opponent is fighting in the UFC for the first time – he previously held the belt of the LFA organization.

Mokaev intends to break the record of Jon Jones and become the youngest UFC champion, which is why his rival has already stated that Muhammad’s main rival is his ego. After such words, the men quarreled in a duel of views, and when Johnson entered the octagon, a crowd of English fans booed.

Muhammad Mokaev and Charles Johnson

Muhammad Mokaev and Charles Johnson

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From the first seconds, Mokaev went ahead – due to active pressure, his opponent even slipped. Muhammad delivered several accurate blows to Charles’s head, and then got into the fight and carried out an amplitude takedown. Both in the stand and in the fight, Mokaev looked chic against the backdrop of a freaky opponent with a tuft of green hair at the back of his head. Throughout the first round, Muhammad threw the enemy and tried to go behind his back in order to catch him with a choke. Charles only occasionally fought back with light pokes.

At the beginning of the second segment, Johnson caught Mokaev on a low kick – the Anglo-Dagestan fighter could not stand on his feet. But then Muhammad continued to dominate – he again returned behind Johnson in search of a submission. Charles did not even try to take offensive actions on the ground – he only did what he defended himself from the opponent’s actions. When the fighters moved closer to the center of the octagon, Johnson began to try submissions, but Mokaev stopped them in the bud.

Muhammad Mokaev and Charles Johnson

Muhammad Mokaev and Charles Johnson

Photo: Jeff Bottari/Getty Images

In the corner, Mokaev was assisted by the head coach of the Bahrain MMA team, Eldar Eldarov, who has been working with Muhammad since Brave. English and Bahraini Dagestanis communicated in Russian – Mokaev followed all the prompts and, thanks to this, controlled Johnson. I recall another similar case when two Australians from Russia, Timofey and Nikita Tszyu, also communicated in Russian during breaks, and the older brother’s tips brought the younger one victory.

In the third five-minute period, little has changed. Mokaev threw Johnson, and he skillfully defended himself from the choke, but he himself was not able to do something to win. The fight ended, and after the final siren, there was no doubt that Mokaev won the fight. It is a pity that the same bright finish as with Cody Durden did not come out. Mokaev showed a dominant, but not the most spectacular fight – if a fighter wants to quickly fly up to the top and become a champion, you need to surprise Dana White more often.

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