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Aleksander Emelianenko narrowly escapes being knocked out in Russia

Aleksander Emelianenko was badly rocked by a crushing overhand right from Ibragim Magomedov in the first round of their bout held tonight in Rostov-on-do, Russia, but battled back to secure a TKO victory. The two met up at this evenings ProFC 5: Russia vs. Europe event

About thirty seconds into the bout the two exchanged right hands following a brief exchange. Aleksander undoubtedly caught the worst end of the exchange as the overhand right thrown by Magomedov clipped the two -time Russian national Sambo champion on his chin and sent him reeling.

Although obviously wobbled, Aleksander was able to compose himself and clinch Magomedov up. During the clinch the referee noticed a nasty gash to the face of Magomedov which caused him to consult with ringside physicians who promptly waved the contest off. The cut had come from a punch Aleksander had thrown during the previous exchange.

Although Aleksander was hurt significantly more during the initial exchange of punches, the punch he had landed caused the end of the bout.

Whether or not questions will be raised about the top heavyweight’s skill level because of him being close to defeat remains to be seen. Regardless of any future criticism the Russian heavyweight may fall under because of the lackluster performance, Aleksander found a way to win, as he usually does.

Aleksander improved his record to 15-3, while Magomedov dropped to 21-6-1 with the defeat.

3 COMMENTS
  • KTru says:

    I was not aware that Aleksander was a consensus top ten HW.

    By saying consensus, it is agreed upon many MMA pundits that he is. Guess I need to do my homework.

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  • Jstew3785 says:

    What’s even funnier is that this website doesn’t even have Aleksander in it’s top 10, but says he is a consensus top 10. All of the websites I frequent don’t have him in the top 10, so where are they getting this info?

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    No he is not top 10 in most polls but he has been and is 15-3 with his 3 losses coming from fights with Werdum, Barnett and Cro cop and has wins over Magomedev,Kharitonov, bobish, Assuerio Silva and Josh Thomson. So if he isn’t in a top 10 he well could be considering some of the others that make ithe list, he should be.

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