Phoenix, AZ — It’s been a long road back to the cage for Mukhamed Berkhamov.
The ACA/ACB standout made his promotional debut at Bellator 268, with the fight against Jaleel Willis his first in two years. Not to mention his first on American soil.
“I’m happy to be back after two years,” Berkhamov told media outlets including Cageside Press following the fight, which he won care of a guillotine choke.
When it came to the choke, “I didn’t plan ahead. It’s just how it went,” the Russian fighter stated. “I like working next to the cage, I like working on the ground, and I just caught him.”
There were no surprises from his opponent, he added. “He did nothing that really surprised me. The only thing that was really unfortunate was that when I was backing up a little bit, I slipped and it had to go to the ground. That’s the only thing, but nothing was surprising from him.”
Moving forward, welterweight Berkhamov is hoping to stay more active. “Of course yeah, I want to fight, I want to stay active, because like I said I’ve been out two years, and I want to be back as soon as possible,” he stated. “I want to be active as much as possible.”
He’d even consider taking part in the Bellator Moscow card later this month, if the promotion asks “really really well.”
Watch the full Bellator 268 post-fight press conference appearance by Mukhamed Berkhamov above. More coverage from the event can be found below.