Seef District, Bahrain – Kyrgyzstan’s own Abdisalam Kybanychbek is living, without a doubt, the best moment of his professional Mixed Martial Arts career. “Omok”, as he’s also known as, is currently on a nine-win streak, which includes three consecutive finishes under the BRAVE Combat Federation banner. And he believes that he’s done more than enough to earn his shot at the gold, currently held by Amin Ayoub. And he feels the world champion is ducking him.
“Why is your champion so silent? Is he afraid?”, Kubanychbek wrote on his Instagram. “If he doesn’t want to lose then make him drop his belt and hand it to a real champion. Even at 3AM I’ll wake up, ready to defend my belt, because I am a true champion and I won’t give my belt to anyone”.
The public confrontation triggered an immediate response from the champion Amin Ayoub, who dismissed Kubanuchbek’s accomplishments so far and implied that the Kyrgyz still needs to prove himself in order to earn a title challenger position.
“I’m only afraid of Allah, my friend”, Ayoub, who captured the 70kg world title last November after dethroning Cleiton “Predator” Silva with a fourth-round knockout. “Take some time, get some victories in the division, pick up your ticket, get in line, and then come back to me”.
In fact, despite his undeniably great credentials, Abdisalam Kubanychbek is far from being the only Lightweight near a title shot at this moment, with the fierce competition of the likes of Rolando Dy, Ahmed Amir, and Sam Patterson, all coming off strong victories, and claiming the number one contender spot.