ACB 89 Krasnodar, Live Stream Online Free HD TV Schedule, MMA Event, ACB 89 takes place Saturday, September 8, 2018 with 16 MMA fights at Basket Hall in Krasnodar, Russia.
Robert Whiteford hopes to be released from his exclusive deal with the ACB due to the lack of communication he has had with the promotion and his lack of faith in the organization moving forward.
The former UFC fighter has taken to social media over the last week to vent his frustration with ACB.
Whiteford has competed three times for ACB and contested in two main events for the Russian organization. All three of his ACB bouts took place in the U.K.
After hosting just two shows outside of Russia from 2012 to 2015, ACB began to expand its brand in Europe in 2016 with four events outside of Russia in Georgia, Poland, Scotland and Netherlands. In 2017, the promotion hosted 17 events outside of Russia, including events in the U.S., Canada, Brazil and Australia.
In 2018, ACB cancelled four events in London, Cyprus, Kazan and Sweden — two of which Whiteford claims he was offered fights on. Because he had an inside line on the state of the promotion’s affairs at the time, the Scottish featherweight refused the offers knowing that the events would likely be cancelled.
“There had literally been zero contact since I fought on that show in Nottingham,” Whiteford told MMA Fighting.
“I’ve got Russian friends, so I knew things had gone bad [for ACB] since then. [ACB] were trying to book me on shows, they were trying to book me on the London card and I knew things were going bad. Then they tried to book me on the Sweden card, and because the London card had been cancelled and some other shows, I didn’t take it. That [Swedish] card eventually got cancelled too, like I knew it would, so it didn’t make sense for me to be booked on those shows.
“What would have happened if I didn’t have that information? I would’ve put a lot of money into a camp and then I’d have nothing to show for it. It’s f*cking bullsh*t and I’m so sick of the situation, it’s unbelievable.”
pushed back to September instead. At the top of the bill, former UFC heavyweight title challenger Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva returns to action for the first time in more than a year. Bigfoot will attempt to end a five-fight skid when he collides with Wenbo Liu, a fighter with a fair share of knockouts on his record. Further down the card, in the co-main event, fans will spot another face that’s graced the inside of the Octagon. The Ultimate Fighter: China alum and UFC veteran Sai Wang is on the hunt for Rebel’s middleweight crown, but he’ll have to go through former welterweight Adriano Balby to get to the strap.
Wang put together a healthy run on TUF, where he knocked out Qize Wu and submitted Anying Wang to land in the finals. However, “The Fire Kylin” was not good enough to get past Lipeng Zhang, who edged him via split decision. Wang, who debuted in 2009, stuck around for one additional UFC bout — a win over Danny Mitchell — but then migrated to Kunlun Fight before falling into a pattern of promotion-hopping. Since his brief stay in the UFC, Wang has gone on to add 15 wins in 16 total fights. Unfortunately, he’s been fed a large dose of rookies, inexperienced fighters and .500-ish vets. The 32-year-old sanda specialist is a finisher who has logged eight knockout victories and 11 submissions.