Though he surrendered seven takedowns on the way, Sengoku veteran
Enomoto got his first win inside the M-1 ring Saturday in Kiev,
Ukraine, defeating Rafal Moks by
majority decision at
M-1 Ukraine European Battle.
Enomoto had a sizeable advantage on the feet, finding the range for
his power hand over time and initiating offense to force his Polish
opponent to shoot. When Moks did try for takedowns, however, he
usually found success; throughout the fight, he was only stuffed
What Enomoto lacked in the wrestling department, he made up for
with his guard play, shutting down Moks completely from on top. The
former M-1 middleweight champion never passed Enomoto’s guard -- be
it closed, butterfly or rubber -- for any significant period of
time. Stifling Moks did mean that Enomoto did not go for
submissions, save for an early gogoplata, and had to rely on
punches from his back to win the judges’ favor. In the end, Enomoto
managed to convince two scorers for the “W,” while the third
dissented with a draw.
Despite having to weather a rally in the last stanza of their
lightweight contest, Russia’s Yuri Ivlev put
an end to a two-fight skid by outpointing former M-1 lightweight
Damkovsky. Ivlev’s strong clinch game and top control got him
ahead early, as he had problems with the Belarusian’s speed in the
standup. On the ground, the “Cable Guy” shut down Damkovsky
completely while busting him up with strong ground-and-pound.
Knowing that he was most likely down two rounds to none, Damkovsky
went into desperation mode in round three, opening up with a series
of kicks punctuated by a nice one-two combo. Once again, though,
the Belarusian’s kick-based offense enabled Ivlev to take the fight
to the floor and eat up the clock. With barely one minute
remaining, the fighters returned to their feet and Damkovsky once
again threw caution to the wind, leaping in the air with a flying
knee. The iron-chinned Ivlev simply absorbed the strike, and later
reversed a foolish takedown attempt by Damkovsky to ride out the
round and secure victory.
Replacing the injured Christian
Eckerlin on only a few days’ notice, Husein
Haliev managed to pull out a win by defeating Alexander
Agafonov on all scorecards. Agafonov started strong, scoring a
trip from the clinch in round one and dominating the first five
minutes. Haliev, despite being visibly tired, won the next two
rounds mainly thanks to further takedowns. The Chechen flirted with
a finish late in round three, but couldn’t quite crank Agafonov’s
arm enough to get the tap out.
After two rounds of close action, Antun Racic
decided to try a bit more when on the ground with Vugar
Bahshiev. While the Croat had no problem getting takedowns
early on, his foe continually scrambled out by attempting leglocks.
In the final period, Racic was more persistent, refusing to let
Bahshiev up. It paid dividends, as Racic was able to mount the
tiring Russian and finish with a rear-naked choke inside the final
Dolotenko snatched up an armbar from his back to elicit Filip
Anasovich’s tap just 75 seconds into their fight.
In typical sambo fashion, Vasily
Novikov defeated Alexander Nimerenko by submitting him with an
armbar from mount after a slow-paced, eight-minute fight.
In a night of short fights, Vladimir
Opanasenko was the quickest, needing only 41 seconds to submit
Syanan Yusibov by armbar.
Despite having an obvious striking advantage, Sergey Kovalchuk had
to wait almost eight minutes to land a perfect shot on Sergey
Sinkievich. But land a perfect shot Kovalchuk did, laying out the
Belarusian with a vicious left hook.
In a series of gym vs. gym fights, the Ukraine-based SK Aris
fighters dispatched their BK Belarus opposition in rapid fashion.
Zadernovsky beat Stepan Kostyuchenko at heavyweight after
raining down punches from mount and then transitioning to an
At 205 pounds, Aris’ Saparbek
Safarov defeated Igot Litoshik with powerful ground-and-pound
after taking down his Belarusian opponent.
Belarus’ sole win came courtesy of Andrey Dryapko, who slammed his
way out of Ruslam Khaskhanov’s armbar with enough force to injure
his opponent’s shoulder, causing Khaskhanov to surrender the fight
a few seconds later.
Khaitulov ended Victor Talashov’s night with a powerful right
hook and follow-up punches when the Belarussian collapsed under the
ropes with 1:57 on the clock.
At 155 pounds, Ukrainian Alexander
Kozyr hustled Semen Tyryla on the floor, mounting him before
transitioning to a fight winning armbar in 117 seconds.
In the show’s opening bout, Azeri Farkhad Fatalla made quick work
of Belarusian Ilya Tiunov, tapping him to a guillotine choke within