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)
Photo: David M Singer, MMA on Tap
This past Saturday was BodogFight’s first event in the United States. I took the trip to Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, NJ to check it out.
If you’ve tuned into BodogFight on Ion Television, you know it goes through a full round of production before airing. Many camera angles, splashy backgrounds and a full round of editing.
I wondered how this event would be live. Ten fights in one night. A good-sized card taking place with no chance for edits or MTV-style cuts.