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.