Russian heavyweight phenom Fedor Emelianenko continued his dominance of the PRIDE heavyweight division last night as steamrolled through Mark “The Hammer” Coleman earning himself the victory at 1:15 of the second round by armbar.
Fedor worked hard early to stuff the constant takedown attempts from “The Hammer”. From there he was able to work his strikes and by the end of the first, Coleman was showing a great deal of damage. The former UFC heavyweight champion’s eyes were both very swollen and a stream of blood trickled down the legend’s face. Surprisingly Coleman made it through the first round with one of mixed martial arts toughest combatants.
Early in the second round Coleman stuck to his game plan as he shot in early and finally for the first time in the fight he secured a double-leg takedown. Coleman tried to work his patented ground and pound but Fedor showed his superior skills as he rolled for an armbar and tapped out his counterpart at 1:15 of the second round.
Afterwards Fedor set his stone cold demeanor aside as he congratulated his opponent. Coleman was quickly embraced in the ring by his two young daughters who were very emotional after seeing their father get dominated by one of the world’s toughest mixed martial artists.
Coleman assured fans in his post-fight interview that he’d be back and he definitely plans on improving on a few things.
Fedor looked great in his return after spending the better part of a year on the shelf after undergoing hand surgery. With the win Fedor upped his PRIDE record to 13-0 and his mixed martial arts record to 24-1.
During the post-fight press conference while speaking through his interpreter, Fedor stated that he felt uncomfortable when Coleman came up to congratulate him while holding his two sobbing daughters. Fedor also stated that the next man he’d like to fight is Josh Barnett.
Also on the card was a light heavyweight battle between Kevin “The Monster” Randleman and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
Randleman came out early and secured a powerful double-leg takedown which put the Brazilian star on his back. Immediately “Shogun” began to work for an ankle lock which eventually ended up being a kneebar. Randleman tried desperately to withstand the onslaught from “Shogun” but it ended up being too much and Randleman was forced to tap at 2:35 of the first round.