Weekend Rundown: Graham Stops Emelianenko in Russia

By Brian Knapp Dec 20, 2010
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Peter Graham finally has a meaningful mixed martial arts victory upon which to hang his hat.

Graham stunned Aleksander Emelianenko in the Draka “Governor’s Cub 2010” main event on Saturday at the Platinum Arena in Khabarovsk, Russia, as he finished the Pride Fighting Championships veteran with leg kicks 2:59 into the second round. It has not been a banner year for the Emelianenkos. Older brother, Fedor Emelianenko, suffered his first defeat in nearly a decade in June, as he succumbed to a first-round triangle choke from Fabricio Werdum under the Strikeforce banner.

A 35-year-old Sydney, Australia, native with a 55-11 kickboxing record, Graham made his MMA debut in March 2008 and lost five of his first six fights. He has won three in a row since, none more significant than his victory over Emelianenko.

The younger Emelianenko, who had not lost in more than four years, entered the match on a considerable roll, having finished eight consecutive opponents inside the first round. What’s more, no one had stopped him on strikes since Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic did the honors with a patented head kick in August 2004.

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Quick Hits: Lyubo Simeonov stopped shopworn Pride and UFC veteran Gary Goodridge on first-round punches in the Bulgarian MMA Federation “Warriors 18” headliner on Friday at Universiada Hall in Sofia, Bulgaria. The end came 3:01 into round one, as the soon-to-be 45-year-old Goodridge lost his seventh consecutive bout … The once-beaten Bislan Isaev submitted UFC alum Xavier Foupa-Pokam with a guillotine choke 4:12 into their main event matchup at ProFC “Union Nation Cup 11” on Friday at the CSC Express Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. Foupa-Pokam has lost five fights in six appearances … Undefeated Canadian prospect Chase Maxwell coaxed a tapout from Robert Curtis with a first-round triangle choke at Unified MMA 6 on Friday at the Mirage Banquet Hall in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Curtis met his demise 2:00 into round one.

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