ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, April 15 /CNW/ -- The Russian Red Devils
capitalized on their comrades' support to emerge victorious from Russia's ICE
Palace Arena on Saturday, April 14th in the most anticipated pay-per-view
event of the year, BodogFight: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Lindland, Clash of
The star-studded mixed martial arts card lived up to its billing, with
Fedor Emelianenko, the #1 ranked heavyweight in the world taking on the #1
ranked middleweight, Matt "The Law" Lindland, in the main event. In the end,
the sold out crowd, which included Russian President Vladimir Putin, got what
they wanted, as their beloved champion improved to 26-1 after forcing his
brave American challenger to tap out in the very first round.
Lindland, now 20-5, started strong by opening a huge gash over
Emelianenko's right eye with his first punch. Controversy followed though, as
the 30 year old Russian then used the ropes to prevent and reverse an
attempted takedown. Once on top of his opponent, Emelianenko sealed the
victory with an inescapable arm bar.
Lindland refused to make excuses after the fight, although the 2000
Olympic silver medalist wrestler was adamant about the fact that he would like
"I absolutely, absolutely would like a rematch," said Lindland. "I'm not
saying the outcome would have been any different but that's a much different
fight if the referee does what he's supposed to and I wind up on top and am
able to utilize my skills there."
After the fight, Emenianenko's gloves were auctioned off to raise money
for the Calvin Ayre Foundation, with proceeds donated to a local orphanage.
In other MMA action, Emelianenko's brother, Aleksander, also saw his arm
raised after pummeling Nevada's Eric Pele in a super-heavyweight bout. Both
fighters now stand at 10-3. Other Russian victories included Roman Zentsov
over France's Kristof Midoux, Eric Oganov over American Derrick Noble, and
Amar Suloev scoring a devastating first round knockout over American Andy
The upset of the night saw Nick "The Goat" Thompson lift the Bodog Fight
welterweight title from former champ Eddie Alvarez. The product of
Philadelphia's famous Fight Factory was TKO'd in the second round, just
moments after the outspoken Thompson told legendary ringside announcer Bob
"the Colonel" Sheridan he was about to "kick into third gear". True to his
word Thompson improved to 31-9, while Alvarez suffers his first defeat in ten
American Josh "Buffalohead" Curran trampled Jarno Nurminen of Finland.
Canada's Bill "The Butcher" Mahood tenderized American Steve Steinbeiss, whose
brother Ray outfought Russia's Dmitry Samoilov. Brazil's Rodrigo Damm got past
American Santino DeFranco, while Damm's compatriot, Jorge Santiago, upset
local favorite Andrei Semenov.
In women's 135 pound action, American Julie Kedzie temporarily silenced
the Russian crowd with a TKO victory over Julia Berezekova, while fellow
American Amanda Buckner scored a unanimous decision over Hitomi Akano of
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