Saturday, December 31, 2011

Fedor Emelianenko caps off 2011 with an impressive KO of Satoshi Ishii

Fedor and Ishii

Tokyo, Japan (December 31, 2011) – After a four year absence, Fedor Emelianenko made his return to Japan on New Year’s Eve as he knocked out Olympic judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii in the main event of
FIELDS presents FIGHT FOR JAPAN “Genkidesuka!! Oomisoka!! 2011! Supported by M-1 Global.  The event took place at the famed Satama Super Arena in front of an excited crowd.

With 2012 quickly approaching, Emelianenko needed only 2:29 of the opening round to close the year-end mega-show, which lasted nearly 9 hours and featured MMA, Kickboxing, and Pro Wrestling bouts

As the bout opened, Emelianenko threw a kick the was caught by the Olympic gold medalist, however Ishii was unable to take down Fedor after a brief clinch.  Fedor quickly found his rhythm before landing a three-punch combo that broke Ishii’s nose and rendered him unconscious.

The timing seemed poetic as mere moments after being announced as the winner, event officials joined Fedor Emelianenko in the ring as the arena ushered in the New Year.

The victory marks the sixth time Emelianenko has had his hand raised on New Year’s Eve.

Full Results listed below.
Yusup Saadulaev  def.   Hideo Tokoro  KO (Slam) Rd 1  0:42
Antonio Banuelos  def.  Masakazu Imanari  Decision (Split)  Rd 2  5:00
Bibiano Fernandes  def.  Rodolfo Marques Diniz  Decision (Unanimous) Rd 2  5:00
Hayato Sakurai def.  Ryo Chonan  Decision (Unanimous) Rd3  5:00
Tatsuya Kawajiri def.  Kazuyuki Miyata Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) Rd2  4:54
Megumi Fujii def.  Karla Benitez   Submission (Armbar) Rd 1  1:15
Bibiano Fernandes  def.  Antonio Banuelos  TKO (Punches)  Rd 1  1:21
Hiroyuki Takaya def.  Takeshi Inoue  Decision (Unanimous)  Rd5  5:00
Shinya Aoki  def.  Satoru Kitaoka Decision (Unanimous)  Rd5  5:00
Fedor Emelianenko  def. Satoshi Ishii  KO (Punches)  Rd1  2:29

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