Sunday, January 25, 2009
FEDOR DROPS ARLOVSKI LIKE A HOT COAL
An emperor is defined as the sovereign ruler of a region. He is the monarch who dominates a particular domain. Perhaps no fighter's nickname has ever felt more appropriate than that of Fedor Emelianenko's moniker "The Last Emperor". Fedor has once again proved his dominance of not only the Heavyweight division of the world, but most assuredly his status as the pound for pound greatest after defeating fellow Eastern European native Andre Arlovski.. Much debate swirls around the pudgy seemingly almost naïve looking, certainly not imposing figure of Emelianenko, as to whether he really is as good as some like to claim. Tonight, he lays to rest any nay sayers with his one punch knock out of Arlovski. Andre's striking looked sharp in the first round as frustrated the shorter Fedor with sharp jabs and occasional straight rights. Andre, coached in boxing by 8count friend Freddie Roach, seemingly was in control of the up game early on. At around the 3 minute mark of the first round Arlovski landed a push kick that drove Fedor toward the corner of the ring. At this backpedaling of Fedor, Arlovski lunged forward with a flying knee attempt only to meet Fedor's looping right hand with his chin. Fedor's trademark right crashed into Arlovski's face and dropped him to the canvas at 3:14 in the first round where he was immediately saved by the referee with a KO stoppage.
Josh Barnett staked his claim for the next WAMMA title shot verses Fedor with his impressive dominating win over Gilbert Yvel , who tapped due to strikes at the 3:05 mark in the third round. At 185 pounds, Vitor Belfort had a destructive knockout win over Matt Linland, that left "the Law" eerily creeping around the ring on all fours for several minutes, while doctors and coaches tried to restrain him. Renato Sobral had a submission win over UFC castoff Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou. Paul Buentello man handled Fedor's 20 year old protégé Kirill Sidelnikov with a stiff consistent left jab and Dan Lauzon submitted last minute replacement Bobby Green with a rear naked choke in the events only other televised bout.
Posted by Doug Jefford