In case you missed it, and you probably did, there was an M-1 Global show this afternoon.
Featuring a headlining bout between Fedor Emelianenko and Pedro Rizzo, diehard fans, or people with nothing to do during the day, were treated to a relatively good card, with some exciting fights.
Mikhail Malyutin took on Renat Gasanov to open the show, and it was pretty sloppy. Between the two fighters slipping and sliding around the ring, to the M-1 level grappling battles that ensued, it was tough to watch. Malyutin managed to get the better of his foe on the mat though, and finished Gasanov with strikes in the first frame.
Marat Gafurov and Mairbek Taisumov went toe to toe for the full fifteen minutes, but the attention was not on the fight, it was on the poor judging. Taisumov outlanded his opponent and very clearly won all three rounds of the bout, only to lose a split decision to the unbeaten prospect Gafurov.
Jeff Monson picked up yet another quick submission win. The veteran pulled guard on Denis Komkin, swept to get top control, and finished his opponent with a north-south choke in the first round.
The M-1 lightweight strap was defended as Musa Khamanaev made short work Daniel Weichel with a deep heel hook. Khamanaev his opponent down early, and that was all he needed to do, grabbing a leg and forcing the tap at 1:48 of round 1.
Low-level heavyweight MMA was on full display as Guram Gugenishvili took on Kenny Garner for the M-1 Global heavyweight championship. With slippery grappling, and amusing displays of poor endurance, the two big men exchanged blows on the feet, and on the mat, with each getting more and more exhausted as the fight went on. In the third round, Garner suffered a pretty serious gash around his eye, but persevered and put on a strong showing to end the round. Gugenishvili took awhile to get up following the round, and didn’t answer the bell for the fourth. He walked out of the ring, and out of the fight.
In the main event, Fedor Emelianenko looked every bit his old self, though his performance was perhaps overshadowed by how little the bout meant. After a few slow exchanges, where Rizzo hardly engaged, Fedor started landing left hooks that obviously flustered the Brazilian. Less than two minutes into the bout, Fedor dropped Rizzo, followed him to the mat, and knocked him out cold with some vicious ground and pound.
- Mikhail Malyutin def. Renat Gasanov via TKO (Punches) at 3:16 of Round One
- Marat Gafurov def. Mairbek Taisumov via Split Decision
- Jeff Monson def. Denis Komkin via Submission (North-South Choke) in Round One
- Musa Khamanaev def. Daniel Weichel via Submission (Heel Hook) at 1:48 of Round One
- Kenny Garner def. Guram Gugenishvili via TKO (Retirement) at 5:00 of Round Three
- Fedor Emelianenko def. Pedro Rizzo via Knockout (Punches) at 1:24 of Round One
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