India-based promotion Super Fight League is quickly making waves in the MMA landscape. Aside from being the first promotion to sign an exclusive broadcast deal with Youtube, they’ve managed to sign UFC veterans Todd Duffee and Trevor Prangley and held a mildly successful first event earlier this month. Sure, Bob Sapp was there, a sentiment we are getting sicker and sicker of typing, but just listen to SFL’s theme song and tell us that these gentlemen are not on the short path to success. Go ahead. We’ll be right here. Haaaaangin out.
But if you weren’t convinced by Super Fight League’s first event, then you will be more than happy to learn that they’ve decided to move on from the undisputed queen of freak show fights in Sapp to the undisputed king of freak show fights in Ikuhisa Minowa for their next event. Oh yes, one of the greatest fighters to never hold a major title will be taking on two time Bellator middleweight tournament winner Alexander Shlemenko at SFL 2, which goes down on April 7th from Chandigarh, India.
We last saw Minowaman in action at the “meh” ProElite 3 event, where he was outpointed by TUF 3 winner Kendall Grove. True to form, Minowa rebounded from the loss by picking up a first round submission over a 1-6 fighter that I am not going to bother looking up again because I already closed the tab. The Super Hulk Champion could be in for a long night against Shlemenko, a 44-7 kickboxing expert who showcased an improved submission game in his Bellator 50 guillotine joke victory over Zelg Galesic. If this fight features anything less than ten spinning backfists and a dropkick we will eat our hats.
After announcing a headlining heavyweight tilt between Todd Duffee and Neil Grove, SFL has added another battle of UFC veterans, this time in the lightweight division, when Paul Kelly squares off against Gabe Rudiger.
Rudiger has had a rough run as of late, dropping three straight in brutal fashion. After being ragdolled by Joe Lauzon at UFC 118, Rudiger would fall to the hands and feet of Paul Taylor at UFC 126, which would put an end to his second UFC stint. In his first match outside of the UFC, “Godzilla” would get blistered in the second round by 5-6 journeyman Scott Catlin at BAMMA USA – Badbeat 5. This is what you get for associating with the likes of Paris Hilton, Gabe. Sure, the blow is top notch, but my God does it reek havoc on your striking defense.
“Tellys” also saw his UFC career come to a close at UFC 126, where he was defeated via second round rear-naked choke by Donald Cerrone. If you recall, that was the fight where Kelly channeled Sheila Gaff at the opening bell and then tried to act like he didn’t.
Nah, that definitely wasn’t a dick move. *awkwardly avoids eye contact*
Fun fact: these two were originally scheduled to face off at UFC 123, but Rudiger was forced to pull out of the bout at the last minute with a groin injury. He was replaced by T.J. O’Brien, who Kelly managed to defeat by second round TKO due to elbows.
So who you got for these, Potato Nation?