Aleksander Emelianenko. Photo courtesy of MFC M-1.
Aleksander Emelianenko, the younger brother of top heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, stopped Brazilian Silvao Santos to earn his first win of 2008 at the latest edition of the M-1 Challenge yesterday.
After stuffing an early takedown attempt by Santos, Emelianenko used a judo throw to get Santos on the canvas. A scramble quickly allowed Santos to get back to his feet, but in doing so found himself stuck in a guillotine choke that nearly ended the fight.
Emelianenko finally let go of the hold and peppered Santos with strikes while the Brazilian was stuck in a corner. After another failed takedown attempt, Emelianenko connected with a right hand that sent Santos crumpling to the mat. Emelianenko was able to get one more right hand in before referee Yuji Shimada stepped in to save Santos.
In the additional featured fights on the card, Amar Suloev stopped opponent Jacek Buczko with strikes and Roman Zentsov escaped with a close split decision over Daniel Tabera.
Full results from the show:
Niko Puhakka def. Jong Man Kim - Submission (Triangle)
Janne Tulirinta def. Doo Won Seo - TKO (Strikes)
Hyun Gyu Lim def. Lucio Linhares - KO (Punch)
Toni Valtonen def. Seung Hyun Choi - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jarno Nurminen def. Ji Hoon Kim - TKO (Corner Stoppage)
Victor Nemkov def. Christian Bombay - Submission (Triangle)
Daisuke Nakamura def. Juri Ivlev - Unanimous Decision
Ken Hamamura def. Islam Karimov - TKO (Strikes)
Besiki Gerenava def. Yuji Sakuragi - Unanimous Decision
Akhmet Sultanov def. Katsuhisa Fujii - Submission (Armbar)
Yuta Watanabe def. Ansar Chalangov - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Amar Suloev def. Jacek Buczko - TKO (Strikes)
Roman Zentsov def. Daniel Tabera - Split Decision
Aleksander Emelianenko def. Silvao Santos - TKO (Strikes)
Aleksander Emelianenko throws a right hand at Josh Barnett. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.
Aleksander Emelianenko, the younger brother of top heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, is currently scheduled to headline M-1’s first event since the organization announced plans to begin holding worldwide events under new ownership late last year.
The news comes from M-1 MixFight, which is reporting that Emelianenko will participate in the main event of a fifteen-bout card that also features two matchups between internationally-fielded teams. The Red Devil Sport Club product will take on Mo Team League veteran Fabio Maldonado.
Aleksander has not fought since submitting Dan Bobish at an October Hardcore Championsip Fighting event. Maldonado last knocked out Cachorro Louco in December.
Amar Suloev, Ansar Chalangov and Roman Zentsov will also be in action.
The current fight card is as follows:
Aleksander Emelianenko vs. Fabio Maldonado
Amar Suloev vs. Jacek Buczko
Roman Zentsov vs Junior dos Santos
Ansar Chalangov vs. Watanabe Yuta
Niko Puhakka vs. Kim Jongman
Janne Tulirinta vs. Lee Yonghoon
Lucio Linhares vs. Lim Hyungyu
Toni Valtonen vs. Choi Seunghyun
Jarno Nurminen vs. Kim Jihoon
Yuri Ivlev vs. Nakamura Daisuke
Islam Karimov vs. Hamamura Ken
Besike Gerinava vs. Sakuragi Yuji
Ahmed Sultanov vs. Fujii Katsuhisa
Marat Gelaev vs. Yunus Evloev
Victor Nemkov vs. TBA
Good morning bitches! More coverage of last night’s UFC Fight Night to come later on this morning.
Calvancante and Aoki Set to Try Again; Masvidal Added to “Strikeforce At The Dome”
It seems like Gesias Calvancante and Shinya Aoki will finally meet at a K-1 show in Japan in March. American Top Team’s manager Richie Guerrero (who manages Calvancante as well) announced the matchup yesterday during an interview on TAGG Radio.
The two were originally set to face off at Yarennoka! on New Year’s Eve but Calvancante was forced to pull out of the fight after suffering a knee injury during training. The injury occurred on the same knee that he had knee surgery on this past fall.
Guerrero also revealed that lightweight contender Jorge Masvidal will be competing at the “Strikeforce At The Dome” show next month as well. Masvidal does have an opponent but the name was unable to be announced at the time.
Aleksander Expects April Fight With Barnett
Aleksander Emelianenko, who will be fighting in M-1 Global’s first U.S. show in April along with his brother Fedor, expects to take on former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett.
Emelianenko made the announcement via his official website.
Fedor is expected to take on part-time K-1 kickboxer Semmy Schilt but Jeff Monson has also been rumored as a potential opponent. The show will most likely take place right outside of Chicago at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.
Touch of gloves to MMA Junkie for the find.
Frank Edgar Returns at UFC Fight Night 13
I missed it and I’m sure a lot of other people did but apparently UFC play-by-play announcer Mike Goldberg stated that Frankie Edgar would be part of the UFC’s next “Fight Night” in Denver, Colorado in April.
Edgar, who has not lost yet inside of the UFC, still remains undefeated in his professional mixed martial arts career as well. Edgar is coming off of a dominating performance over Spencer Fisher en route to a unanimous decision win at UFC 78.
Props to Combat Hooligans for catching that.
BodogFight has released the full card for it’s February 1st event in Las Vegas. The Sun is reporting that Brock Lesnar, win or lose, may be tapped to headline the UFC’s June show in London England due to his overseas popularity because of professional wrestling. Roger Gracie may be fighting Hidehiko Yoshida at Sengoku in March.
Fightlinker went live with The Low Blow last night, recapping UFC Fight Night 12. Hilarious.
Some notes from yesterday’s M-1 Global press conference which took place in New York City…
- Sibling Sports LLC is the name of the undisclosed American entertainment company that purchased M-1. The company is formed by Sibling Theatricals Inc and Garlin Holdings Limited. Mitchell Maxwell will serve as President of Sibling Sports while Monte Cox will serve as President and CEO of M-1 Global.
- Fedor Emelianenko’s contract is a two-year, six-fight, multi-million dollar deal. He has a clause in the contract that will allow him to fight in other organizations. If the UFC is able to bring Randy Couture back and would like to set up a mega-fight between him and Fedor, M-1 will send him over and also pay Couture and the winner of the fight an extra $1 million.
- M-1 Global is planning their first show to take place in the United States in February. They would also like to host shows in Russia, Korea, Japan, and the Netherlands as well. At least three of the promotion’s events next year will take place outside of the United States. The first show in Japan will most likely take place next summer.
- The company is still looking for a television deal. HBO, Showtime, and HDNet are said to all be among the interested parties.
- The new stable of fighters recently signed with the promotion will be revealed within the next 7-10 days.
- Fedor’s next opponent has not yet been named. Josh Barnett and Mark Hunt are said to be the favorites.
- M-1 Global will continue to use a rule set similar to the set that PRIDE used before it’s collapse. The promotion would like to adopt a set of rules that could be used anywhere in the future however.
- According to Fedor, the UFC apparently turned down an offer from PRIDE to have Fedor fight Tim Sylvia when he was the UFC Heavyweight Champion for unknown reasons. Fedor also added that a similar offer was made to match up Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva when they were champions as well.
- The UFC made a contract offer to Aleksander Emelianenko but the deal was apparently much lower than what Aleksander is worth according to his brother.
Aleksander Emelianenko def. Dan Bobish - Submission (Guillotine)
Gegard Mousasi def. Damir Mirenic - TKO (Strikes)
Sarah Kaufman def. Ginele Marquez - TKO (Strikes)
Thomas Schulte def. Ariel Sexton - Submission (Triangle Choke)
Sean Salmon def. Marcus Vinicios - TKO (Strikes)
Ryan Machan def. Brad Cardinal - Submission (Kimura)
Gerald Lovato def. Len Tam - Decision (Split)
Myles Merola def. Juan Barrantes - TKO (Strikes)
Andrew Buckland def. Lucas Rota - Decision (Unanimous)
Garret Davis def. Toby Johnson - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Tim Smith def. Mike Rowbotham - Decision (Split)
Larry Lytle def. Steven Hachey - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Andy Cotterill’s latest edition of MM-Eh! sheds some light on the reason why Dan Bobish was brought in to replace Wesley “Cabbage” Correira to go up against Aleksander Emelianenko at Hardcore Championship Fighting’s October 19th event - Apparently no one has been able to get a hold of Correira, not even his own manager:
According to HCF President Keith Crawford, nobody, including Correira’s manager, Ken Pavia, has been able to reach “Cabbage” for several weeks now.
“We made the decision to take him off the fight card because we can’t afford to bring in Emelianenko from Russia and not have a good fighter on the other side of the cage,” Crawford told Sherdog.com
It’s more than likely that Cabbage has probably had something personal to deal with that comes before fighting in his life. With that said anything is possible. Where’s Cabbage?
FCFighter.com is reporting that UFC veteran Welsey “Cabbage” Correira has pulled out of his October 19th showdown with PRIDE veteran Aleksander Emelianenko. According to the report, Correira was unable to compete due to “unforeseen circumstances”. Correira’s replacement will be PRIDE veteran Dan Bobish.
Dan Bobish sports a professional mixed martial arts record of 17-8. The PRIDE veteran has stepped into the ring with the likes of Igor Vovchanchyn, Mark Hunt, Gary Goodridge, Mark Kerr, and Eric Pele. Bobish is currently on a six fight winning streak with none of his bouts making it out of the first round.
Hardcore Championship Fighting is scheduled for October 19th at the Stampede Corral, in Calgary, Alberta.
Aleksander Emelianenko has signed to compete on the October 5th Hardcore Championship Fighting 5 card against popular slugger Wesley “Cabbage” Correira.
Emelianenko is undefeated so far in 2007, earning wins over Eric Pele at BodogFight: Clash of Nations in April and over Jessie Gibson at M-1: Russia vs Europe in July. The younger brother of Fedor put himself on the heavyweight map last year when he stopped heavily regarded Sergei Kharitonov with strikes at PRIDE Final Conflict Absolute.
Correira hasn’t seen very much success lately, losing five out of his last six bouts. His lone win during that time span has come against Ji Hoon Kim last July at PXC 8. Correira was considered a top heavyweight early on in his career, racking up wins Travis Wiuff, Jason Lambert, Joe Riggs, Justin Eilers, and Tank Abbott, and going 2-1 during a stint in the UFC.
While Zuffa has signed a wealth of talent over the past few months, they haven’t locked up every top fighter just yet, including the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter. Here’s your guide to the top ten fighters that currently aren’t under contract with Zuffa (UFC/WEC) courtesy of Scott and myself…
1. Fedor Emelianenko (26-1-0-1) – The best fighter in the world, period. He has beaten a who’s who of heavyweights from around the world and is looking pretty much unstoppable at this point. The only thing we have against him is that he doesn’t fight often enough but it’s technically not his fault anyway. Both K-1 and the UFC are vigorously attempting to sign the hottest free agent on the market right now. Old rumors had him going to the UFC while the latest set has him staying in Japan. Only time will tell where Fedor is going to end up.
2. Josh Barnett (20-5) – Probably the second biggest FA on the market, Barnett hasn’t ruled out signing with any organization. He’s an extremely talented heavyweight and a former UFC Heavyweight Champion at that. Has split a pair of fights with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. His ‘Achilles’ heel’ seems to be Mirko Cro Cop - Barnett has lost to him in three straight tries. Has the skill set to beat anyone in the world. Has said that he would love to return to the US but the guy is a legend in Japan.
3. Matt Lindland (20-5) – The one fighter that the UFC should have never let go. Lindland was set to challenge Rich Franklin for the UFC Middleweight Title until the UFC terminated his contract because of an unapproved sponsor being on his shorts. Lindland has won 5 out of 7 fights since then - his only losses have been against Quinton Jackson and Fedor who both compete in higher weight classes than “The Law”. Has said that he currently does not want to be locked up by a single organization.
4. Takanori Gomi (27-3-0-1) – Gomi was the top ranked lightweight in the world for what seemed like forever until he was submitted by both Marcus Aurelio and Nick Diaz in less than a year. His losses have come against the cream of the crop and he’s beaten just about everyone else out there. Gomi is the current PRIDE Lightweight Champion as well the winner of the PRIDE Lightweight Grand Prix in 2005. He has stated that he has no interest in leaving Japan to compete at this time and has publicly said he is interested in signing with K-1.
5. Denis Kang (27-8-1-1) – Reports have Kang signing with K-1 any day now. If he does indeed ink a deal with K-1, he is expected to take on Kazushi Sakuraba in September in what could possibly be Saku’s final fight. Kang put himself on the map by fighting his way to the finals of the PRIDE Welterweight Grand Prix, defeating Akihiro Gono, Murilo Rua, and Amar Suloev before ultimately losing a split decision to Kazuo Misaki. He is widely considered one of the most well-rounded middleweights in the world today.
Here are the full results from M-1: Russia vs. Europe.
Radmir Gabdulin def. Alexei Belyaev - Submission (Armbar)
Joao Wilson def. Uriy Pulaev - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Sergey Berdev def. Brian Lo-A-Njoe - Submission (Triangle Choke)
Arman Gambaryan def. Karl Amoussou - Decision
Dmitry Samoilov def. Bohumil Lungrik - TKO (Cut)
Antonio Mendes def. Kiril Sidelnikov - TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
Vladimir Zenin def. Seydina Seck - TKO
Gegard Mousasi def. Alexander Kokoev - Decision
Mikhail Zayats def. Lukasz Jurkowski - Submission (Choke)
Erik Oganov def. Abner Lloveras - Decision
Aleksander Emelianenko def. Jessie Gibson - Submission (Kimura)