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M-1 Challenge 26 Recap and Videos: ‘Spinning Backfist, Mamma Mia’

M-1 Challenge 26 was in Costa Mesa, California and on Showtime last night, but we forgot to mention it yesterday so you probably didn’t watch. That’s our bad; allow us to make it up to you. The promotion known chiefly for being the only negative thing most people can say about Fedor Ememlianenko has a roster full of names that are virtually unknown in the western hemisphere, but damn if they don’t produce some exciting fights.

The first video is a quick fight featuring Russian middleweight Arthur Guseinov versus American Team Quest product Tyson Jeffries. Things start out well for Jeffries; he easily takes the first ninety seconds of the fight. After that, Guseinov gets in touch with his inner Shlemenko for a second, AND IT’S AAAALLLLLL OVER!!1!!!!1!!one1!

Come on in past the jump and we’ll run down the rest of the broadcast; we’ve lined up the videos just like you like them.  Thanks to MrSfc16 for doing all the capture work.

Can we just call it even now?  We love you, Nation.

Even you, Sodak.

Eddie “Crazy Face” Arizmendi (14-4) vs Jason “G.I. Jason” Norwood (11-2)

Daniel Weichel (26-7) vs Beau “Blackjack” Baker (8-4)

The entire fifteen minutes is there, but if you had to sum up Weichel – Baker in a couple of seconds, it would go like this:

Mairbek “Beckan” Taisumov (14-3) vs. Josh “IronHeart” Bakkalao (6-2)

Another quick stoppage via the cleanest KO punch you’ve seen in the last 24 hours.

Kenny “Duece” Garner (6-3) vs. Pat Bennett (4-2)

The original main event was supposed to be a heavyweight bout featuring Georgian grappling ace Guram Gugenishvili in a title defense against Team Bombsquad big’un Pat Bennett. Gugenishvili pulled out with a hand injury however, so Bennett was instead scheduled for a rematch with Kenny Garner, the fighter who beat him in the finals of the M-1 Selection American tournament last September. (Garner got a crack at Gugenishvili himself in October; he got choked the eff out.) Bennett wanted to avenge the TKO loss, and Garner was happy to point out that Bennett needed to learn from the first ass whupping.  Somebody’s gonna get their feelings hurt…


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Rear Naked Poke- July 10, 2011 at 7:01 pm
M-1 provider of pound for pound best ring girls in the biz! yet not gif
Gobbleston- July 10, 2011 at 11:03 am
This is why I love Mauro. He loses his God-damned mind at the end of exciting fights.

@fACE7biter : Have you ever seen Baroni/Sadollah? I seriously thought Phil was going to have a heart attack.
Machiavelli- July 9, 2011 at 3:58 pm
Thanks a lot CP! Because of you guys (yeah you Rex) I missed these fights! ...Oh shit, nevermind, I don't even have Showtime.

Thank you CP for posting these fights!
amsterdamheavy- July 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm
You kind of make up for not posting this under UPCOMING MMA EVENTS - I dont turn on a TV unless it is to watch a fight or a DVD so I dont pay attention to listings. What I would like to see though is the MMA EVENTS schedule moved to the top of that column, and Ive been thinkin that for a while. Make it up to me by moving that to the top of the column, and you know, actually posting the events there.
macreadysshack- July 9, 2011 at 11:06 am
Too bad for Tyson J. He's a good kid. That other dude looked like a douche. I hate it when douches win.
fACE7biter- July 9, 2011 at 10:48 am
That was a goddamn good night of MMA. I've never seen a fighter as out of breath as Kenny Garner was post fight, dude was mad wheezy. That spinning backfist KO may be the KO of the year