Austrian fighter Ismail Naurdiev is only 21-years-old but he’s already creating waves in ACB.
With a professional record of 15-1 and eleven straight wins inside the distance, Naurdiev is fast establishing himself as one of the most dangerous prospects at 170-pounds in Europe. This Saturday, Naurdiev will fight Ismael de Jesus at ACB 70 and will be looking to notch up win number 16.
Speaking to MMAUNO.com earlier this week, Naurdiev spoke of his excitement to be fighting in the UK for the first time.
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“I’m very happy that i fighting in UK and can’t wait get into the cage and show to the people in Sheffield what I can do,” Naurdiev said.
“He is a black belt in BJJ as far as i know, but I think our walk to the cage will take longer than the fight itself.
“His boxing is s*** as f*** so I see myself knocking him out in the first round!
The Austrian is highly confident in his own ability having already been pro for five years. His confidence comes with a wealth of experience and he’s still very hungry to continue his success.
‘Yes, I have a lot of self-confidence,” Naurdiev said. “I always see my hand being raised even before I fight and that’s the difference between me and my opponents; I win the bouts before I go into the cage.
I had my first pro fight was when i was 16 and since then I have accepted every fight without asking who. I’m hungry for success and I love this sport for what it is. I never think about money or fame, I just fight and prove I’m the best in the world.
“I love fighting and when I’m in the cage or training, I feel like I’m in a different world
For the minute at least, Naurdiev’s focus remains on climbing the ranks in ACB and making his way towards a shot at the welterweight title. Beyond that, he of course has ambitions to one day fight in the UFC, but first things first, he must deal with de Jesus this weekend in Sheffield.
“I want to be honest, I think it is the dream of every fighter to fight in UFC,” Naurdiev said. I’m in ACB right now though and I’m extremely happy here.
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“I want to be the best in everything that i do. My goal to become the Champion and I promise the day will come soon.
“This weekend, the ‘Austrian Wonderboy’ is coming baby and I’m going to tell Bryan Lacey and Frank Mir that they will see my third knockout in a row.”