Max Holloway defeated Yair Rodriguez, Christian Justino defended the Bellator belt, Salman Zhamaldaev was caught with drugs, and Fedor Emelianenko will fight the next fight in the summer. “MK-Sport” talks about the most high-profile events in the world of mixed martial arts over the past week.
Scandals of the week
Two famous Russian athletes got into scandalous stories. First, a fighter of the Akhmat club, Salman Zhamaldaev , was detained with drugs at Vnukovo airport. According to various sources, he was passed by an 11-grader, who was found to have a package of prohibited substances.
At the moment, the former champion of the ACB league (now – ACA) has been arrested by the Kuntsevo court in Moscow for two months. There were no comments from the Akhmat club, the ACA promotion and the MMA Union of Russia.
At another Moscow airport, Sheremetyevo, Khabib Nurmagomedov’s cousin , Usman Nurmagomedov , was detained . Together with his comrade Kamal Idrisov, he ran into a policeman in a car at the entrance to the Kaspiysk airport. A law enforcement officer sustained moderate injuries. The violators managed to fly to Moscow, but already there they were arrested for 48 hours, and then sent to Dagestan to clarify the situation. Nurmagomedov, while in custody, posted old photos of himself from the gym to Instagram to reassure his followers.
The media began to write that a criminal case was opened against Usman and he was facing punishment in the form of imprisonment for up to five years. But as it turned out later, a fighter of the American Bellator League is being held in this case as a witness, not a suspect.
Holloway record holder
On November 14, Las Vegas (USA) hosted the UFC Fight Night 197 tournament. In the main duel, American Max Holloway and Mexican Yair Rodriguez arranged a real wheelhouse. The first round went to Rodriguez, who delivered a series of kicks, combining low-kicks with high-kicks. But in the second round, Holloway began to seize the initiative.
At the end of the five-round bout, the judges unanimously gave the victory to Max, who has now again become a contender for the champion bout in featherweight.
The head of the UFC Dana White said that the third fight between Holloway and the champion of the organization Australian Alexander Volkanovski should take place in the near future. Interestingly, Max became the first fighter in UFC history to throw 3,000 strokes in his career. It took the fighter 25 fights for this.
No rivals for Justino
36-year-old Brazilian Christian Justino , nicknamed Cyborg, had another fight at Bellator and quite easily defended the featherweight champion belt. In the main battle of the Bellator 271 tournament in Hollywood (USA), she knocked out Sinead Kavanagh in one and a half minutes .
This victory was the fourth for Justino. The matchmakers will soon face a serious problem: Justino simply has no serious opponents left. There is only one interesting option – to sign a contract with American Kayla Harrison . This athlete has won the PFL Lightweight Championship several times in a row. The American was present at the Justino fight, which means that the transition process has started. Harrison is 31 years old, during her career in MMA she had 12 fights and won all of them. Her basic sport is judo. The girl is a two-time Olympic champion in this sport.
Fedor will have a farewell fight in the summer
The head of the Bellatot promotion, Scott Cocker, spoke about plans to organize the next fight for Fedor Emelianenko , which will be the last in his career for the athlete. The 45-year-old The Last Emperor is to fight in Moscow in the summer.
– For Fedor’s farewell fight, we are planning to organize a really large-scale event in Russia that will match the career of the greatest heavyweight of all time. It must be great. This is likely to happen next summer in Moscow. We’re going to do something really special, so we start planning right now, ”said Cocker.
Recall that Emelianenko last fought on October 23 at the Bellator 269 tournament in Moscow. Then he knocked out American Timothy Johnson in the first round . This win allowed Fedor to rise to third place in the promotion’s heavyweight ranking.