Kansas City, Kansas — Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal showed stateside fans exactly what all of the hype surrounding him was all about as he made surprisingly short work of UFC veteran Mark Kerr in the main attraction of “HDNET FIGHTS PRESENTS M-1 BREAKTHROUGH”, which aired live on in the United States on HDNet and around the world via Internet PPV on www.M-1Global.com.
While many in attendance were aware of the fact that Kerr was coming into the fight as a heavy underdog, having taken the fight on just two weeks notice, few expected for the contest to end as suddenly, and as violently as it did. Just seconds into the bout the former Division I All-American wrestler caught a leg kick from Kerr, scooped the massive 260-plus pound brawler high into the air and slammed him to the canvas. Once on the mat Lawal punished the side of Kerr’s head with a series of punches, before a few well placed blows underneath the armpit and to the chin of the fallen legend sent his mouthpiece rocketing into the expensive seats, and forced the referee to call a halt to the contest in the process.
Lawal’s trademark flamboyant ring entrance lasted nearly four times the duration of the bout. A spectacular performance from a rising star touted as one of the most promising up and comers in the sport.
In what ended up being an exhibition match to not soon be forgotten, M-1 Global heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko faced off with fellow M-1 Global fighter and newly-crowned Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi in a topsy turvy bout that saw both men being flung to the canvas on the receiving ends of powerful Sambo throws. After escaping a Mousasi armbar earlier in the contest, Emelianenko later returned the favor, only this time forcing the submission on his younger comrade.
Both Fedor and Mousasi seemed to thoroughly enjoying themselves during the exhibition, and the crowd in tune had fun along with them. Although far from a real fight, Emelianenko showed glimmers of why he is widely considered to be the best fighter on the planet earth, while Mousasi laid credibility to the common belief that, at just twenty four years of age, he could one day fill the enormous gap that would be left should Fedor someday choose to leave the sport.
Known for his pre-fight intimidation tactics, Karl Amoussou picked up right where he left off during Friday evening’s weigh-ins when himself and late replacement John Doyle had to be separated, getting right in the face of Doyle before being sternly warned by the referee to step back. Once the action got underway it seemed hopeful for the man known as “The Iron Bull” as Doyle countered a vicious Amoussou leg kick by dragging the feared French Striker to the ground and working a little good old fashioned ground and pound. Doyle’s time spent in charge of the action in the early moments of the first was short lived as Amoussou executed a beautiful sweep from the bottom where he wound up in full mount. From there “The Psycho” rained down punches until Doyle was force to give his back where Amoussou quickly sunk in his hooks for the rear-naked choke submission.
A man that many pundits tout as the most talented pound for pound fighter currently fighting out of “M-1 Challenge”, the Brazilian born “Godfather of Jiu-Jitsu in Finland,” Lucio Linhares, added validity to those experts’ claims by winning in as impressive a fashion as could possibly be expected over a man that bested him on the scorecards just a little more than a year ago. Linhares rocked the Red Devil trained Mikhail Zayats with a flurry of hard punches on the feet before following his fallen foe to the canvas where he pounced on the Russian, sinking in his hooks and forcing the quick rear-naked choke redemption victory.
Heavyweights Rob Broughton and Jessie Gibbs showed that they are two big men to keep an eye on in the future as they tried to mug one another for three hard fought rounds to the delight of the many in attendance. While not the most tactical display of action during the night, neither man gave an inch in a bout that failed to disappoint. In the end Gibbs was awarded with the unanimous decision victory, although it was the type of contest that could have easily swung in either fighter’s direction.
A full list of the results from “M-1 Global: Breakthrough” are listed below:
MAIN CARD –
- Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal def. Mark Kerr via KO (strikes) – Round 1, 0:25
- Fedor Emelianenko taps Gegard Mousasi (armbar) in exhibition sparring match
- Karl Amoussou def. John Doyle via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1, 3:15
- Lucio Linhares def. Mikhail Zayats via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1, 1:00
- Jessie Gibbs def. Rob Broughton via unanimous decision
- Michael Kita def. Lloyd “Kadillac” Marshbanks via submission (strikes) – Round 1, 1:50
- Daisuke Nakamura def. Ferrid Kheder via unanimous decision
PRELIMINARY CARD –
- Rogent Lloret unanimous draw with Alexey Oleinik
- Eric Marriott def. Tim Bazer via unanimous decision
- Sean Wilson def. Josh Arocho via KO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:05
- Rudy Bears def. Brendan Seguin via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 1:01
Molly Ahlers-Estes def. Andria Caplan via referee stoppage – Round 1, 5:00