ASTRAKHAN CITY, RUSSIA (Nov 12, 2011) - Magomed Malikov appears to be delivering on his promise of fighting Alexander Emelianenko on his way to taking part in a heavyweight grand prix bout in just a few day at M-1 Challenge XXIX. The "Gorets" (Highlander) product impressed the very vocal crowd at Astrakhan's Star Centre Arena with a stunning knock out of Alexander Emelianenko at the :23 second mark of the opening frame. M-1 Challenge XXVIII: Emelianenko vs. Malikov took place in Astrakhan Russia, at the Star Center Arena and was available to the world-wide audience on internet pay per view.
With the victory, Malikov is establishing himself as a heavyweight to keep an eye on. While he is no stranger to the underdog roll, recent wins over Yuri Gorbenko, and Alexey Oleinik as well as today's victory are sure to have opponents paying attention.
In other notable bouts, American Isaiah Larsen showed great heart and a nice ground game in securing a victory over Alikhan Magomedov. Magomedov showed a clear advantage on the feet for most of the bout and appeared at points to have Larsen in trouble. Larsen who's face was showing the story of the battle was able to secure a key takedown in the second, where he successfully moved to mount and was able to transition into a very nice armbar. Once extended Magomedov had little choice but to submit to Larsen, who wins his M-1 Global debut.
Vugar Bahshiev escaped Astrakhan with a razor thin decision victory over Frenchman Yves Landu. Both fighters showed an incredible striking game, as well as the ability to fight adversity. After two back and forth rounds, the fighters put in a command performance in the third. Landu early in the round had Bahshiev in what appeared to be an incredibly tight arm in guillotine choke. After a few moments Bahshiev managed to free himself, win the round on the scorecards and secure the win.
M-1 Challenge XXVIII: Emelianenko vs. Malikov Official Results:
Magomed Malikov def. Alexander Emelianenko by KO Round 1, 0:23
Isaiah Larsen def. Alikhan Magomedov by Armbar Round 2, 3:41
Vugar Bahshiev def. Yves Landu by decision
Gredory Babene def. Alexander Dolotenko by choke Round 1, 1:18
Sunay Hamidov def. Alexey Martynov by Triangle choke Round 3
Anatoly Tokov def Jan Zdansky by TKO Round 1, 4:20
Enok Solves Torres def. Ruslan Khaskhanov by TKO Round 1
David Baudrier def. Anton Kostishchin via Arm Triangle Round 2
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