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Team USA Edges Out Korea in M-1 Challenge


Jordan Radev. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Team USA earned a narrow 3-2 win over Team Korea behind the performances of Jake Ellenberger and Jeremiah Constant at the latest edition of the M-1 Challenge in Korea.

Ellenberger scored a second-round TKO of Doo Won Seo via doctor’s stoppage due to cuts while Constant submitting Ji Hoon Kim in the first round of their featured bout. David Gardner‘s quick knockout of Jang Yong Kim handed the Americans the hard-fought victory.

Behind a strong showing by UFC veteran Jordan Radev, the World Star Team soundly defeated Team Japan 4-1. Radev, who was released from the UFC following a loss to Dean Lister last December, picked up his third straight win, winning a decision over Yuya Shirai.

Other notable bouts saw Bruno Carvalho decision DREAM veteran Tatsuya Mizuno and Roman Zentsov fall to Sang Soo Lee by way of first-round submission in one of the show’s superfights.

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Emelianenko Stops Santos at M-1 Challenge


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)

Alexander Emelianenko Headlines M-1 Challenge


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

Yarennoka! Live Results

We will be going live at 6:00 AM EST with live results of Yarennoka!, which is taking place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Yarennoka! features the return of Fedor Emelianenko as he takes on K-1 kickboxer Hong Man Choi. The undercard includes Gilbert Melendez going up against Mitsuhiro Ishida and Kazuo Misaki battling with Yoshihiro Akiyama. Shinya Aoki, Hayato Sakurai, and Murlio Bustamante will also be competing.

For those that are interested, the event is being shown live on HDNet starting at 6 AM EST.

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Live results and commentary are shown after the jump.

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Break It Down: Yarennoka! & K-1 Dynamite!!

John Chandler here again, breaking down Yarennoka! and K-1 Premium 2007 Dynamite!! fight-by-fight, including detailed predictions along the way.

Yarennoka! features the return of Fedor Emelianenko as he takes on K-1 kickboxer Hong Man Choi. The undercard includes Gilbert Melendez going up against Mitsuhiro Ishida and Kazuo Misaki battling with Yoshihiro Akiyama.

K-1 Premium 2007 Dynamite!! features an astounding total of 13 fights - 7 MMA bouts and 6 kickboxing matches. (I’ll only be previewing the MMA fights) The event is headlined by a main event between long-time Japanese veterans Kazushi Sakuraba and Masakatsu Funaki. Bob Sapp, “Kid” Yamamoto, Kiyoshi Tamura, Melvin Manhoef, and Ikuhisa Minowa will all be in action.

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Report: Zentsov-Russow at Yarennoka!

Roman Zentsov and Mike Russow will be added to the final bout on the card for New Year’s Eve’s Yarennoka! according to a report by Sam Caplan.

Zentsov has won twice and lost once in ‘07, defeating Sang Su Lee and Kristof Midoux along the way. His last fight was a unanimous decision loss to Brandon Lee Hinkle in July. All of the fights were under the BodogFight banner.

Russow is currently riding a three-fight winning streak, submitting Demian Decorah, Steve Campbell, and Scott Harper in consecutive Xtreme Fighting events. Russow’s most notable fight was a submission loss to Sergei Kharitonov at PRIDE 33 earlier this year.

On a side note, no word yet on whether or not a replacement opponent will be found for Shinya Aoki.

Oroz Featured Tonight on BodogFight

Like a lot of martial arts fans, 21-year-old Eben “The Big O” Oroz grew up idolizing legendary actor Bruce Lee in movies like Enter The Dragon and Fists of Fury. So much so, he set out to become a professional fighter himself.

“My goal was to try and apply Lee’s Jeet Kune Do system to mixed martial arts fighting,” says the Floridian featherweight (4-1). “But first, I had to learn Jeet Kune Do,” (which translates to “the way of the intercepting fist”).

Enter Sifu instructor Richie Carrion, founder of JKD-Extreme Martial Arts Academy, in West Palm Beach, Florida.

“He started by teaching me one of Lee’s most important combat principles,” says Oroz. “Namely, that simple done right has no counter.”

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BodogFight: Alvarez vs Lee Recap and Pictures


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.

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BodogFight Releases Roster For Upcoming Seasons

Solidifying its position as a stylish mixed martial arts (MMA) brand, BodogFight has enlisted a talented roster of athletes for the next season of its popular reality TV show. Filming is scheduled to begin February 10 in the exotic Central American jungles of Costa Rica.

“We are extremely proud to associate with athletes who are clearly committed to the development of this sport,” says media mogul Calvin Ayre, the founder of Bodog.com Entertainment and creator of the BodogFight reality series. “The BodogFight team has been working around the clock to ensure MMA fans are delivered the best in TV content and fight quality.”

Each weight class features highly anticipated battles with returning BodogFighters, such as Trevor Prangley, Eddie Alvarez, Chael Sonnen, Yves Edwards and Kyacey “Ice Cold” Uscola. First-time appearances of established newcomers will include the likes of Daniel Puder and Sami Aziz.

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BodogFight: St. Petersburg Promises Phenomenal Battles

Bodog.com Entertainment unleashes its second season of mixed martial arts (MMA) action to fans worldwide in what promises to be an incredible series of intense fights and behind-the-scenes drama. On February 13, BodogFight: St. Petersburg premieres the first of eight hard-hitting episodes, culminating with a worldwide pay-per-view spectacular in April. Fans can catch the action online at www.bodogfight.com or on ION Television, available in over 90 million homes throughout the United States.

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