Welcome to the UFC: Sergey Khandozhko

UFC Stockholm Sergey Khandozhko
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Russian welterweight Sergey Khandozhko will make his promotional debut at UFC Stockholm against the tough Bartosz Fabinski.

The UFC is coming to Stockholm, Sweden, on June 1 in the Ericsson Globe Arena. As the card is now full it is headlined between Anthony Smith and Alexander Gustafsson. Also on the card are many rising stars and five debuting prospects. That including Sergey Khandozhko, who will debut against Bartosz Fabinski (14-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC).

Moscow, Russia
Fight Club No. 1
7 Submissions (4 Rear-Naked Chokes, 2 Triangles, Armbar)

How Will Sergey Khandozhko Fare in the UFC:

Russia has a lot of legit prospects, probably more than any other country. With that said, the signing of Sergey Khandozhko was a bit surprising because he’s lost a lot of fights and isn’t typically mentioned amongst top Russian prospects.

He has some decent kickboxing and good stand up overall. Sergey relies on counters and his distance control but has trouble staying in rhythm. His biggest issue is his takedown defense, getting taken down fairly easily. It seems once he gets taken down, it’s rinse and repeat for the entire fight. Sergey has some good offensive wrestling but struggles with the grappling. Many times he’s been reversed and just lost position and winded up on his back. Off his back, he’s stationary, not being too big of a threat.

  • Striking: C+
  • Kickboxing: C+
  • Clinch: D
  • Wrestling: C+
  • Grappling: D
  • Striking Defense: B-
  • Takedown Defense: F
  • Cardio: B
  • Biggest Strength: Well-Rounded
  • Biggest Weakness: TDD

How he matches up with Bartosz Fabinski:

Fabinski only has one loss in the UFC, which is to Michel Prazeres by a quick guillotine loss. In his three wins inside the UFC, he has already completed 22 takedowns. Sergey will struggle against Fabinski cause his takedown defense is poor. The Polish blanket is a relentless pressure wrestler for three rounds straight and that’s what he should be able to be against Sergey.

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