Phoenix, AZ — Karl Albrektsson fought in a grueling light heavyweight battle at Bellator 268, one in which opponent Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov just would not go away.
“King” Karl took home the unanimous decision victory, but not before being suplexed, eating a number of high kicks, and taking some hard punches throughout.
Asked for his thoughts on the fight following what was clearly an exhausting and explosive 15 minutes, Albrektsson told reporters that “right now, I don’t think so much, I just feel. And
I feel like sh*t.”
“It was a tough fight. I’ve just been puking and peeing blood after the fight, so I don’t know, I need a day to recuperate and get my thoughts together,” the Swedish fighter added.
Albrektsson, who improved to 13-3 with the victory, thought he might get the stoppage in the second frame. “I [thought] I was gonna finish him in the second round when I dropped him, but I knew his record before and I knew who he was, and I knew he came from a loss so he was hungry,” Albrektsson noted. “This is really a top-level fighter. So I didn’t get the finish, but I got a hell of a war.”
Was it his toughest test to date? On that front, “King” wasn’t 100% sure. But it was close. “I don’t know, every fight is different, but this was definitely top three toughest fights. Maybe top two, maybe even the toughest, I don’t know. I need to watch it again.”
As to when he’ll fight next, Karl Albrektsson couldn’t say, noting that “it all depends on how I recuperate from this fight. I got a medical suspension, so I need to heal up first.” But if he has his way, he’ll be fighting closer to home in Stockholm next time out.
“Definitely. Definitely. All these logistics, it’s a whole different matter that you have to solve,” he said in regards to traveling to the U.S. to fight. “When you’re closer to home, everything is more easy.”
Watch the full Bellator 268 post-fight press conference with Karl Albrektsson above. More coverage from the event can be found below.