Asadbek Mannonov made MMA history for Tajikistan ©IMMAF

Tajikistan fighter Asadbek Mannonov has praised the organisation of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) World Championships here after making history for his country.

Mannonov won the junior super-heavyweight title at the Jiu-Jitsu Arena in Abu Dhabi - the first World Championship gold for the Central Asian nation.

It was a stylish victory, too, as he submitted Dmitry Babaev of the Russian Mixed Martial Arts Union with a kimura lock in the second round of the semi-finals.

In the final, the referee stepped in to stop proceedings when he took on Mykyta Tsybulia of Ukraine, the Tajik winning by TKO. 

"I'm very happy because I got very big experience in the MMA World Championships," Mannonov said.

"This was the first time for me and I got a gold medal, for me it's a top achievement.

"I'm sorry for my team-mates, their fights were so close. 

"But the tournament was top level, it was beautiful and the organisation of it all was very good.

"First, I represent my country, this win was for my country and my family and for me."