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Kairat Akhmetov

Kairat Akhmetov more interested in Demetrious Johnson matchup than title fight

Kairat Akhmetov (28-2) only has two blemishes on his professional mixed martial arts record, both coming under the ONE Championship banner, proving just how tough the promotion’s roster truly is.

“The Kazakh” Akhmetov will face Tatsumitsu Wada 24-11-2 at ONE: 158 at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore on Friday, June 3.

With Adriano Moraes holding the championship belt at the top of the division, Kairat Akhmetov was asked if he feels that he deserves the next crack at the title should he defeat Wada in the coming days.

“By then, I would have faced all top fighters, so it would be logical to give me a title shot or at least schedule a super-fight against Demetrious Johnson,” Akhmetov said. “I grew up watching his fights, he is the top pound-for-pound fighter, and I would be interested in testing myself against him. I would love to see if he is as great as they say and also see what I can show in a fight against him. I don’t want to think too much about what happens after Wada. He is my goal for now. All I am thinking of now is how I will win him, but of course only God knows what is going to happen, so I leave it in the hands of the Almighty.

ONE 158 i just days away:

Featuring two pivotal bouts with World Title implications at the top of the card, ONE 158: Tawanchai vs. Larsen is an action-packed event not to be missed.

In the main event is Muay Thai superstar Tawanchai PK.Saenchai, who takes on Danish WBC Muay Thai World Champion Niclas Larsen for a shot at Petchmorakot Petchyindee’s ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Title. Both are fierce technical stylists packing both skill and power, so get ready to see ‘The Art of Eight Limbs” at its finest.

And in bantamweight MMA action, #2-ranked Kwon Won Il battles #4 contender Fabricio Andrade to see who moves one step closer to reigning kingpin John Lineker. After months of buildup on social media with each man promising a knockout, fireworks are all but guaranteed.

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