Zabit Samedov entered this fight with a pro kickboxing record of 82-9-1 (36 knockouts) and he is ranked as the No.6 heavyweight in the world. He suffered his last defeat in 2013 when he faced Badr Hari in their rematch (=Hari vs Samedov 2), since then he has won eight consecutive bouts taking revenge on Hari in their third fight (=Hari vs Samedov 3) and beating Mert Akin in his last bout (=Samedov vs Akin).
His opponent, the black belt in karate Steve McKinnon, has a record of 45-7-0 (30 knockouts); he lost three consecutive bouts between 2012 and 2013, against Nathan Corbett, Michael Duut and Filip Verlinden, but then he came back to win defeating David Radeff, Nikolaj Falin and Nato Lauuii. Samedov vs McKinnon is the semifinal of GFC Fight Series 3 heavyweight tournament; undercard of Gokhan Saki vs Sebastian Ciobanu. Watch the video and rate this fight!
Event: GFC Fight Series 3
Where: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Dubai, UAE
Division: heavyweight (over 210 lbs, 95.5 kg)
Samedov’s previous fight: Zabit Samedov vs Mert Akin
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Full event video – the fight Samedov vs McKinnon starts at 117:00