Indian organization Super Fight League held its second show last night (or this morning if you live in North America), delivering an event highlighted by a number of impressive finishes including those turned in by Alexander Shlemenko and Todd Duffee. Shlemenko was on loan from Bellator where he’s currently the top contender to middleweight champion Hector Lombard’s crown, while Duffee hadn’t fought in more than a year before taking to the cage in Chandigarh.
Duffee’s victory came against Bellator veteran Neil Grove less than a minute into the opening round of their headlining tilt after the hulking 26-year old heavyweight landed a well-placed hook dropping “The Goliath”. A few follow-up strikes from above quickly sealed the deal, forcing referee Herb Dean to step in and call for the bell. Duffee is now 7-2 in his career with all of his wins involving a strike-based stoppage.
Meanwhile, Shlemenko took on a familiar face to MMA fans in the form of Ikuhisa Minowa. “Minowaman” was no match for “The Mauler”, succumbing to the Russian’s stand-up halfway into the first frame of the match-up. The performance marked Shlemenko’s fourteenth instance of success in fifteen fights including eight straight.
Also worth mentioning, Ryan Healy got back on the winning track by outpointing Paul Kelly in earlier action. The bout was Kelly’s first in-ring appearance since being cut by the UFC in 2011.
A full list of SFL 2 results can be found below:
Ryan Healy def. Paul Kelly via Unanimous Decision
Pierre Daguzan def. Chaitanya Gavali via Unanimous Decision
Bharat Khandare def. Soro Ismael via Submission Round 1 (Strikes)
Alexander Shlemenko def. Ikuhisa Minowa via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Anup Kumar def. Dilanga Rathnaveera via Submission Round 2 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Ricky Singh def. Salika Senanayake via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Colleen Schneider def. Cherie Buck via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
Todd Duffee def. Neil Grove via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
PHOTO CREDIT – UFC/BELLATOR