Klidson Abreu is once again set to fight a Russian in MMA, and he wants to prove why he was called the “Russian Terror” in his pre-UFC career.
Abreu meets undefeated Shamil Gamzatov at UFC Moscow at the Russian Federation on Saturday and feels reinvigorated after scoring his first Octagon win over Sam Alvey in July. Training at American Top Team for a few months now, the former Brave CF 205-pound champion feels “ready for a war.”
“Shamil Gamzatov is a striker and I believe he will try to being that against me, but that doesn’t mean anything,” Abreu told MMA Fighting. “I’ve been working a lot on my stand-up, I’ve been working on my wrestling as well, so I’ll be ready wherever we go.”
Even though he has found success against Russians opponents before joining the UFC, submitting Anton Vyazigin, Viktor Nemkov and Artur Guseinov, the Brazilian talent was beaten by one in his Octagon debut, losing via decision in a short-notice bout with Magomed Ankalaev in March.
Competing in Russia for the third time in 15 months, Abreu feels just as comfortable as if he were fighting in his native Brazil.
“I feel at home in Russia. I love fighting there,” Abreu said. “People have the utmost respect for (fighters) there. They are all tough people who really love fighting and martial arts. I love martial arts, jiu-jitsu, MMA… This is my life. Representing Brazil there is an honor for me.
“I have three wins against Russians and I’m going after another one there. I’m ready and focused. Let’s break him.”
And yet, even though he’s excited for the opportunity to enter a cage in Moscow, the ATT light heavyweight says that a fighter has to do something more to come out victorious in cards like those.
“You have to kill the man, cut his head off and throw it away,” Abreu said. “But I’ve always enjoyed fighting there. I went for a brawl and submitted the guys to earn their respect. I’m confident that I’ll put on a good show and get the submission win.”
Gamzalatov makes his UFC debut after winning 13 in a row for promotions like PFL, WSOF and ACB, building a record that includes five knockouts and five submissions. A black belt in jiu-jitsu, Abreu is confident that his ground game will be enough to get him out of there with a stoppage victory.
“There’s always a first time for everything. It’s time for him to lose for the first time,” Abreu said with a laugh. “I’ve watched his fights, and he had good jiu-jitsu, but jiu-jitsu is my strongest weapon. I believe I’ll submit him like every other Russian I beat.”