Here’s my weekly update of all the happenings on the independent and international MMA scene during the weekend.
- Jeff Monson (47-13-1) snapped the four fight win streak of Aleksander Emelianenko (21-6) in the main event of M-1 Challenge 35. In the second round, Monson brought Emelianenko to the ground with a takeguard (I made this word up. It’s basically a miserable takedown attempt that gets nothing, so the fight that attempted the takedown just flops on his back. Whenever he wasn’t imitating a zombie from the Walking Dead on the feet, Monson would attempt several takeguards in the fight.) After takeguarding Emelianenko, Monson swept him and then moved to side control where he eventually locked on a north-south choke that elicited a tap from Emelianenko.
This was the eighth career north-choke submission win for Monson. This is a fight that Aleksander Emelianenko should have won had he fought a smarter game plan. Emelianenko had a serious advantage standing, but he followed Monson to the ground where MMA’s resident anarchist has a seismic advantage.
In a fight that I plan on never seeing again, Rashid Magomedov (15-1) retained his M-1 welterweight championship against Alexander Yakovlev (18-4-1). Going into round three I actually had Yakovlev up two rounds to none because of a pair of takedowns, but Magomedov controlled the next three with calculated striking and position grappling. Magomedov is one of the top Russian welterweights in the world and is a fighter to keep an eye on.
- On AXS TV, 205 pound prospect Robert Drysdale (5-0) extended his streak of first round submission wins to five by submitting Chris Reed (4-2) with an arm-bar. Reed tried to make it a brawl early, but Drysdale secured a swift single leg to get the fight to the ground. It was smooth sailings for Drysdale from there on at as he masterfully transitioned to full mount and eventually locked on arm-bar.
Another prospect on the card was flyweight Matt Schnell (2-0). Schnell, who was featured on the MTV 2 reality show Caged, made short work of Marcus Dupar (2-2). In the first round Schnell dropped Dupar with a counter right, attempted a guillotine, and then transitioned to an arm-bar that ended the fight in the initial stanza.
- A lot of the familiar names of Tachi Palace Fighting are now going due to the UFC’s abundance of events and introduction of the flyweight division. Nevertheless, the loss of fighters like Ian McCall, Jussier da Silva, and Michael McDonald has not stopped TPF from putting on quality events with interesting prospects.
In the main event of TPF 15: Collision Course, Angel DeAnda (11-2) won the vacant TPF Light Heavyweight championship against Anthony Ruiz (29-18). DeAnda finished Ruiz in the third period by unloading several hard shots against a standing Ruiz against the cage. Although Ruiz was still on his feet, referee Jason McCoy called a stop the action. There aren’t too many options at Light Heavyweight, but a fight between DeAnda and Canadian slugger Steve Bosse (9-1) would be a fun one.
Team Alpha Male teammates Anthony Avila (10-1) and Andre Fili (11-1) filled the void of under-155 prospects for the night. Avila’s day in the office was considerably shorter than Fili’s. At the sound of the bell Avila worked Darren Crisp (9-7) to the ground, and then transitioned to half-guard where he locked on a fight-ending guillotine choke. Against Team Quest’s Enoch Wilson (16-8-2), Andre Fili took home a hard-fought fought decision that showcased Fili’s ability to receive punishment and well roundedness.
- Jesse Taylor (23-9), the fighter who advanced to the finals of the seventh season of TUF, but was then removed from the finale due to a hotel incident, won his third fight in a row at Bragging Rights 4. Taylor submitted Steven Kennedy (10-6) in the first round to win the promotions middleweight title.
- Former TUF contestant Dan Cramer (9-3) got the first knock out in his twelve fight MMA career on the undercard of Bellator 81. Following a clinch battle, Cramer scored with three powerful rights that dropped Joseph Lamoureux (3-2) at 3:26 in the first round. Amassing a 6-1 record in the organization, Cramer has been putting together a solid resume in side of the Bellator organization, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s included in the next Bellator middleweight tournament.
- In the Philippines, Hawaiian featherweight up-and-comer Dustin Kimura (9-0) got his hand raised in an impressive contest against Shooto veteran Guy Delumeau (16-8-3). Kimura scored with a lot of combinations in the fight and worked the body of Delumeau. With less than thirty seconds left in the fight, Kimura dropped Delumeau with a left body shot and promptly finished him.
- Although it’s not MMA, there were several MMA fighters competing in the 2012 Shoot Boxing S-Cup. The S-Cup is an eight man tournament that is held every two years. Shoot Boxing is a sport where standing strikes, throws, and standing submissions are allowed.
Joachim Hansen and Gesias Cavalcante both went the distance in their quarterfinal match-ups, but were eliminated by Hiroaki Suzuki and Hiroki Shishido respectively. In a reserve bout, Akihiro Gono was finished early in the first round by Satoru Suzuki. Toby Imada, who’s become a quality shoot boxer and was a runner-up in the last S-Cup, won a Super Fight against Abdollah Mostafa,
Former K-1 MAX Champion Andy Souwer won the eight-man tournament. Souwer is regarded as one of the best shoot boxers ever because of his dominance in the S-Cups. This is actually his fourth S-Cup victory which is impressive considering no other shoot boxer has won the tournament more than once.
By Daniel Galvan