Prelim Preview: Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Claudio Ribeiro | UFC Vegas 67
Prelim Preview time! Today we are looking at another fight on the prelims of UFC Vegas 67. This time we have two heavy hitters to get to know in Abdul Razak Alhassan and Claudio Ribeiro! If you missed the previous Prelim Preview on Mateus Mendonca and Javid Basharat, catch up here!
Abdul Razak Alhassan: 11-5 Record, 11 KO/TKO’s – UFC Vegas 67
Abdul Razak Alhassan has been a UFC mainstay since his debut in 2016. He hasn’t won every fight but he’s been exciting in almost all of them. With 11-5 as his record, all 11 of Alhassan’s wins have come by way of knockout. A heavy hitter and always bringing a wild fight, Alhassan hopes to bounce back after his last loss in February of 2022 against Joaquin Buckley.
Since 2016, Abdul Razak Alhassan has made a name for himself as a heavy hitting middleweight who isn’t scared to unload the clip. His debut was a 53 second knockout over Charlie Ward. He then dropped his first career loss to Omari Akhmedov in a close split decision fight.
Alhassan then won three straight by beating Sabah Homasi twice, both via first round knockout, and putting a career best win together by knocking out Niko Price in 43 seconds. Abdul Razak Alhassan fell on hard times, dropping three fights to Mounir Lazzez, Khaos Williams and Jacob Malkoun.
He bounced back with a career quickest 17 second win over Alessio Di Chirico and dropped another close fight to Joaquin Buckley. Alhassan looks to avoid another losing streak at UFC Vegas 67 and get the win over a tough opponent in Claudio Ribeiro.
Claudio Ribeiro: 10-2 Record, 9 KO/TKO’s
Much like his opponent, Claudio Ribeiro is a heavy hitting middleweight. At 10-2, Ribeira has 9 of those coming by way of knockout. His last loss was in 2018 and since then, he’s won six straight, including his win back in August on the Contender Series.
Ribeiro punched his way to the UFC with a massive win in that Contender Series fight against Ivan Valenzuela. There, he won at just 25 seconds with a big left hook that had everyone in the APEX shook. It was enough for Dana White and Sean Shelby and got Ribeiro a spot in the UFCX.
Claudio Ribeiro has only lost via rear naked choke in his first career fight in 2017 and then via split decision in 2018. But with those behind him and Thunder Fight and Future MMA expierience in his back pocket, he looks to fast track himself with a big win at UFC Vegas 67 against Alhassan.
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