Hunter Azure, Nikolay Veretennikov Shine at UFL 4 with Title Victories


The United Fight League returned to Chandler, AZ on Saturday night for UFL 4, a stacked card featuring two title fights and a host of exciting matchups. Fans at the Wild Horse Pass Resort and Casino were treated to a memorable night of MMA action, with stunning finishes, back-and-forth battles, and the crowning of two new champions.
In the main event, Hunter Azure claimed the UFL Bantamweight Title with a devastating knockout victory over Amun Cosme. The fight was closely contested in the early going, with both men trading strikes and leg kicks. However, Azure landed a crushing right hand in the second round that sent Cosme crashing to the canvas. The referee waved off the fight at 2:42 of round two, giving Azure the championship victory.
The co-main event saw Nikolay Veretennikov capture the UFL Welterweight Title with a controversial TKO win over Ashley Reece. Veretennikov came out aggressively, using his striking to put Reece on the back foot. In the first round, Veretennikov landed a flurry of punches that appeared to hurt Reece. However, some observers questioned whether Reece was truly in danger when the referee stepped in to stop the fight at 2:47 of the opening frame. We’d like for these two to run it back!
Earlier in the night, the heavyweight clash between Marcus Nash and Sherzod Khamrakulov showcased Nash’s versatile skill set and ended with a spectacular finish. In the early stages of the fight, Nash effectively delivered strikes, keeping Khamrakulov at bay. The fight then transitioned to the canvas, where Nash secured a dominant crucifix position. From there, he unleashed a barrage of punches, forcing the referee to halt the contest at 0:37 of the opening round. This impressive performance solidified Nash’s status as a rising contender in the heavyweight division.
The lightweight bout between Jose Delgado and Alberto Romo was another highlight of the night. Delgado weathered an early storm from Romo and turned the tide in the third round. A perfectly placed left hook followed by a right from Delgado dropped Romo, and a few follow-up shots and elbows on the ground forced the referee to halt the contest at 0:16 of the final round.
In other fight card action, Richard Mahan and Yevgeni Shinkarevsky both earned clear-cut unanimous decision victories. All three judges scored the fight for Mahan, with two scorecards reading 30-27 and one 29-28. Shinkarevsky, meanwhile, put on a striking clinic against Braden Goodwin to secure a 30-27 sweep on all three judges’ scorecards.
The lone women’s fight of the night saw Susset Gomez edge out Grace DiFrancesco by split decision in a closely contested three-round battle. Both women had their moments in the fight, but it was Gomez who earned the nod on two of the three judges’ scorecards. All three judges scored the fight 29-28, with two siding with Gomez and one with DiFrancesco.
Kyle Estrada picked up an impressive unanimous decision win over Shojin Miki in a bantamweight bout. Estrada’s striking was on point throughout the three-round affair, allowing him to cruise to 30-27 scorecards across the board.

Fight Results

Pro 135 lbs | Richard Mahan @mahan_thegrappler wins by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) over Daniel Velez Garcia
Pro 135 lbs | Yevgeni Shinkarevsky @1evgenshin wins by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) over Braden Goodwin
Pro 127 lbs | Susset Gomez @lapulga_gomez wins by Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) over Grace DiFrancesco
Pro 203 lbs | Marcus Nash @daamnkobe wins by TKO over Sherzod Khamrakulov at 0:37 of round 1
Pro 133 lbs | Kyle Estrada @ckestrada wins by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) over Shojin Miki
Pro 145 lbs | Jose Delgado @jdelgado_145 wins by TKO over Alberto Romo at 0:16 of round 3
Pro Title 170 lbs | Nikolay Veretennikov @veretennikov___nikolay wins by TKO over Ashley Reece at 2:47 of round 1
Pro Title 135 lbs | Hunter Azure @hunter_azure wins by KO over Amun Cosme at 2:42 of round 2
Overall, UFL 4 delivered an action-packed night of fights that had something for every MMA fan. From the championship performances of Azure and Veretennikov to the stunning finishes by Nash and Delgado, this event showcased the best of what the sport has to offer. With a growing roster of talented fighters and consistently entertaining cards, the United Fight League continues to establish itself as a promotion to watch in the world of mixed martial arts.
As the dust settles on UFL 4, fans can look forward to more exciting events from the promotion in the months to come. The newly crowned champions, Azure and Veretennikov, will undoubtedly face fresh challenges as they look to defend their titles against the next wave of contenders. Meanwhile, the other winners from Saturday night will aim to build on their momentum and climb the ranks in their respective divisions.
For the fighters who came up short at UFL 4, the journey is far from over. The beauty of MMA lies in the opportunity for redemption, and these warriors will undoubtedly return to the cage with renewed determination to prove themselves against the best in the sport.

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