(PRESS RELEASE) -- One of Russia’s biggest MMA promotions will be making their United States debut in 2017. Absolute Championship Berkut, also known as ACB, will hold their first professional event on American soil when ACB 51 takes place at the University of California, Irvine’s Bren Events Center on January 13, 2017. The main event features a light heavyweight (205) clash between Brazilian Thiago Silva and American Jared Torgeson.
ACB is one of Europe’s leading MMA promotions with many of their earlier events taking place in Grozny, Russia. The promotion has also held events in Scotland, Georgia, Tajikistan, and Poland. After ACB 51 on January 13th, Absolute Championship Berkut looks to further expand their international presence with events planned on January 21st in Vienna, Austria and March 11th in Manchester, England.
ACB was founded in Grozny, Russia in 2012 by Maribek Khasiev with the initial Berkut Cup. On March 2, 2014 the first Absolute Championship Berkut was held. ACB 51 currently features a 14 bout fight card featuring names many mixed martial arts fans will be familiar with. In addition to the main event between Thiago Silva and Jared Torgeson the event is scheduled to feature a co-main event lightweight bout between Luis Palomino and Musa Khamanaev. The event features many well-known professional competitors including Paul Buentello, Tim Hague, Jesse Taylor, Danny Martinez, Pat Healy, and more.
The complete fight card can be found below:
Thiago Silva vs. Jared Torgeson
Musa Khamanaev vs. Luis Palomino
Alexandre Pimentel vs. Christos Giagos
Paul Buentello vs. Tim Hague
Rodney Wallace vs. Shamil Gamzatov
Guillermo Martinez Ayme vs. Jesse Taylor
Danny Martinez vs. Darren Mima
Cory Alexander vs. Isaac Pimentel
Kyle Reyes vs. TBA
Leandro Silva vs. Pat Healy
Dave Courchaine vs. TBA
Nolan Ticman vs. Saul Elizondo
Terrion Ware vs. Nick Mamalis
Tickets can be purchased online for ACB 51 at: http://bit.ly/acb-51-tickets
Learn more about Absolute Championship Berkut including videos of past events, interviews with fighters, and upcoming promotional news at http://www.ACBMMA.com