Fedor Emelianenko. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.
Perennial heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko scored a submission win via Achilles lock over skilled grappler Shinya Aoki in a meeting that was billed as a “special super exhibition” during the latest edition of the M-1 Challenge earlier today in Tokyo, Japan.
From today’s press release:
The Japanese crowd displayed even more emotion during Fedor and Aoki’s public sparring session, which was advertised locally as a “special super exhibition.” With no scoring in effect, the encounter between the two undisputed world champions resembled a training session that you might see inside of a fight gym. The only difference was that nearly 1,000 spectators were on hand to watch the two square off while donning Gis.
Fedor utilized his strength advantage to send Aoki soaring with several Sambo throws. At one point, Aoki played to the crowd and removed his Gi in jest and attempted a flying armbar on Fedor. With both fighters pressing each other well less than 100 percent, the two smiled for much of the session and embraced after the final bell had sounded.
Based on the pictures of the event, both fighters were being just a bit friendly to each other. Plus, it was an exhibition, and it took place in Japan under the watchful eyes of those crazy Russians so take Fedor’s submission victory as you wish.
Video of the match will be available on a video-on-demand basis free of charge next Monday at M-1Global.com. Complete results from the event are after the jump.
Tomoaki Ueyama def. Takayuki Hosakawa - TKO (Punches), R1
Kosuke Umeda def. Muneyuki Sato - Unanimous Decision
Karl Amoussou def. Kazuhiro Hamanaka - KO (Flying Knee), R1
Fedor Emelianenko def. Shinya Aoki - Submission (Achilles Lock), R1 (Exhibition)
Team France vs. Team Spain (Spain def. France 3-2)
Jose Luiz Zapater Aguirre def. Makhtar Gueye - DQ (Illegal Kick), R3
Abner Lloveras def. Gael Grimaud - Split Decision
Christophe Dafreville def. Rayco Romero Silva - Submission (Anaconda Choke), R1
Christian Mpumbu def. Enoc Solbes - Submission (Armbar), R1
Rogent Lloret def. Soufian Elgarne - Submission (Anaconda Choke), R1
USA West vs. South Korea (USA def. South Korea 5-0)
David Jansen def. Yui Chul Nam - Unanimous Decision
Fabio Negao def. Myung Ho Bae - Majority Decision
Giva Santana def. Min Suk Heo - Submission (Armbar), R1
Raphael Davis def. Jae Young Kim - TKO (Punches), R2
Shane Del Rosario def. Doo Hee Lee - KO (Head Kick), R1
Japan vs. England (England def. Japan 4-1)
Luiz Andrada def. Ian Butlin - Submission (Armbar), R1
Simon Phillips def. Hidehiko Hasgawa - KO, R1
Matt Thorpe def. Yusuke Masuda Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), R2
Tom Blackledgedef. Tatsuya Mizuno - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), R1
Rob Broughton def. Yusuke Kawaguchi - Unanimous Decision