Bellator 268 Prospect Preview: Mukhamed Berkhamov

On Saturday’s Bellator card, one fighter fighting on the prelims is making his promotional debut: Mukhamed Berkhamov.

Berkhamov is 27 years old and fights out of Nalchik, Russia. His height is listed as 6’2″ and he fights at welterweight.

The more known fighter in this matchup is his opponent: former LFA welterweight champion Jaleel Willis (15-2), who won his freshman and sophomore Bellator appearances by unanimous decision.

So, it will certainly be a tough fight for the Russian. Berkhamov’s record stands at a shiny 14-1.

When you take a closer look on the competition he faced on the Russian scene, you may recognize some names. He holds stoppage wins over a then-undefeated Sharaf Davlatmurodov (18-3-1), who makes his Bellator debut at Bellator 269, as well as long-time promotional vet Brett Cooper (28-15) and even former Ultimate Fighter winner Jesse Taylor (32-16).

Berkhamov has waited for this opportunity to debut for Bellator. He first was booked to fight against John Palaiologos (18-10-1) in September of last year. This fell through, due to visa issues on Palaigolos’ side.

Afterwards, he got booked to fight on Bellator 255. He first got matched up with Jordan Mein (31-13), who had to withdraw from the fight because of an injury. Subsequently, Berkhamov was booked to fight Herman Terrado (15-5) on Bellator’s 255 card.

Unfortunately, the Russian missed weight by 2.8 lbs, leading to the bout being canceled the day before the fight.

Mukhamed Berkhamov spent his training camp for this fight against Willis in Florida at Sanford MMA. On Instagram he is seen training with UFC fighters Gregory Rodriguez (10-3) and Azamat Murzakhanov (10-0).

In terms of his fighting style, Berkhamov is a pretty long striker with great counters. In his second to last appearance, he knocked Brett Cooper out with a brutal check left hook.

He is great at controlling distance to his opponent, avoiding many of the strikes thrown at him. All that is mostly to set up the inevitable takedown. Berkhamov is a great wrestler as well as a great jiu-jitsu player.

His armbar finish over the aforementioned Sharaf Davlatmurodov is a beautiful display of his jiu jitsu. The armbar is without a doubt his best submission.

The matchup with Jaleel Willis promises to be a great fight, and it takes place at Bellator 268.