M1Mixfight.com has posted the results of last night’s M-1 Challenge event in St. Petersburg, where all three Red Devil Sport Club headliners walked away with victories. Amar Suloev scored a first-round TKO over Jacek Buczko, Roman Zentsov won a split decision over Daniel Tabera, and Aleks Emelianenko executed Silvao Santos, who came into the fight with an MMA record of just 1-0. Video of the squash match “Superfight” is above, and full results are after the jump.
When Frank Shamrock starts off this video by saying he wants to “clear up all rumors,” we thought he was going to assure us that his fight against Cung Le was absolutely not a work. Well, he doesn’t do that, but apparently his wife hasn’t given birth yet. Good to know. The most notable part of the video is Frank’s claim that his arm was already broken in the second round, but the bones didn’t separate until the third. Sounds terrible no matter when it happened, and Frank has the fat cast to prove it. The song at the end is a strange choice, but whaddya gonna do, the guy’s 35 years old; his favorite TV show is probably still Friends.
Many of you wanted the underdog to pull this one out, but it’s hard not to be impressed by Kenny Florian, who faced another tough opponent last night and walked away without so much as a scratch. The match certainly lived up to the hype, with a wild first round and decisive finish. Unfortunately, Lauzon was completely lost under Florian’s mount, and did very little to control Florian’s body. The better fighter won; simple as that. Let’s hope the UFC grants Ken-Flo’s wish and gives him a fight with Huerta to decide the 155-pound division’s next lightweight title contender…
Well, for a long time I’ve talked about going up in weight class and I’ve decided to finally do it. Only I’m not going up to 185, I’m going up to 205 to fight Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in June. I’m bulking up now and packing on muscle and I’m thinking that it will be nice to not have to cut weight for a change. I think it’s a great match-up for me and I’ve told Dana that if I win this, then I want a shot at the 205 title next.
Sorry for the short blog this week, I’m here in Colorado helping Tommy get ready for his fight, so I’ll try to have more for you all next week. I just wanted to break the big news. -matt
Fedor Emelianenko has won $1.6 million because of the following video:
A Russian chief of a martial arts agency was nailed for fraud for using publicity rights of Fedor without permission. KoreaTimes has the scoop:
Emelianenko filed the suit early this month over a “shoddy” honey commercial that went on air on Korean cable television featuring his image. The world heavyweight champion sought 1.55 billion won ($1.6 million) in compensation from the president of Korea Sambo Federation and the head of a local apiculture agency whose honey product the commercial promoted.
The 19-second commercial starts with a victorious scene of Emelianenko in a wrestling ring, followed by footage of a bee landing on a yellow rape flower. Then the image of a plain, expressionless Emelianenko returns, as he drinks a bottle of the honey and says ” Seonyu Honey is good.”
In the complaint, his representative said, “Fedor is the sports star who commands the image of being the strongest fighter in the world… The defendants damaged Fedor’s image by producing commercials that do not fit his powerful image and were made with shoddy footage.”
Besides the compensation, his representative asked the advertisers to run an apology in mass-circulation newspapers in South Korea.
“But now here’s a kid looking past me. He’s training with B.J. Penn and apparently he’s become B.J. or whatever it is and they’re looking past me. You know what? If they do that, B.J.’s going to end up sending Joe Lauzon to the slaughter, because I’m not going to have anyone disrespect me like that or anyone going into a fight thinking they’re just going to run right by me.”
And a similar statement from a Sprawl.tv interview:
I think he has been very disrespectful. I think Joe has been hanging out with B.J to much, and now he thinks he’s little B.J. Well little B.J is going to get taken care of on April 2nd.
1) “You ripped it up lookin’ for guns, well, I got ‘em. And I’m gonna beat you with ‘em.” 2) The theme song (0:45-1:13), which makes “Jesus Didn’t Tap” sound like The Low End Theory. “The grudge is some guy, who just wouldn’t quit / A heated argument, over some buullll / such.” 3) Officer Carter’s compulsive finger-counting. 4) “They have a gruuzh, they wanna settle.”
In related news, it was announced last week that Tito Ortiz’s grudge-settling show, Anytown Beatdown, will be produced for the G4 cable network.
Round 3 (demoralizing leg sweep at the 2:25 mark; arm-breaking leg-kick at 4:57, Cung’s meddlesome girlfriend at 7:30):
UPDATE: The round 3 vid has been taken down. You can watch the whole fight here.
Final thought: Remember that stuff about Frank not being dumb enough to stand and trade with a superior striker? We will never doubt the stupidity of any member of the Shamrock clan ever again; that’s a promise. And so goes the last remaining shred of marketability for Blood Brothers…
Bad Indian food, maybe? Check out the 0:16 mark to see him swallow it back down. Lovely.
Oh, and about Timbo’s “huge news”: Yeah, it actually was pretty huge. Here are the brass tacks:
— Tim Sylvia has left the UFC in a “mutual separation” and is officially a free agent.
— He has signed a non-exclusive contract with Adrenaline MMA (formerly M-1 Global). Between his fights with Adrenaline, events in Japan (likely referring to Sengoku and DREAM), and “the Affliction show,” he expects to fight 5-6 times per year.
— Adrenaline plans on holding its first event on June 14th in Chicago. Ben Rothwell has also signed to the organization.
— Notable Tim quote #1: “I’m out of the UFC for a couple years, and maybe I go back. I want to end my career in the UFC…Right now, this is the best thing for me.”
— Notable Tim quote #2: “There’s a guy out there named Fedor who I’d like to fight, and I think the only way that’s gonna happen is by me leaving the UFC.”
Holy crap! Can you imagine if Tim got a crack at Fedor before Randy Couture? It seems a little shocking that Dana White would let Tim leave the UFC without putting up a fight (Sylvia had one match left on his current contract), but maybe this is just an elaborate scheme to screw Randy. Dana, you brilliant asshole!