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Fedor Emelianenko Caps Off 2011 With An Impressive KO of Satoshi Ishii

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
respectively.

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.

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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

For information on M-1 Global, go to the official M-1 website,
www.M-1Global.com and M-1 Global Facebook fan page


About M-1 Global:

Founded in 1998, M-1 Global (www.M-1Global.com) has established itself
in the realm of mixed martial arts (MMA) as the premiere entity for
discovering and developing the world’s next-generation of superstar
fighters. With offices in St. Petersburg, Amsterdam, New York City,
Washington DC, Los Angeles and affiliates in Kuala Lumpur, Seoul,
Tokyo and Paris, the M-1 brand has staged over 70 events worldwide
including the M-1 Selection and M-1 Challenge events and its
co-produced Strikeforce events in the United States. Captivating the
live, television and broadband audiences with its superior production
values and match-ups, M-1 events boast some of the sport’s top names
including Fedor Emelianenko, Andrei Arlovski, AleksanderEmelianenko,
Gegard Mousasi, Alistair Overeem, Ben Rothwell, Melvin Manhoef, Roman
Zentsov, Stephan Struve and rising stars Shamil Zavurov, Guram
Gugenishvili,  Alexander Sarnavskiy and Vinny Magalhaes. 2011 marks a
breakthrough year with two Selections tournaments across Eastern &
Western Europe, North America and Asia and a full calendar of
Challenge events fuelled by a talent-rich contention system ranking
M-1 Global’s Champions amongst the greatest in the sport.

M-1 Global’s greatest asset is the number one heavyweight fighter in
mixed martial arts history, Fedor Emelianenko. With daily coverage on
all MMA-related websites in the world, and articles in Time Magazine,
LA times and New York times, Fedor and M-1 Global make a lifetime
match serving as the catalyst to grow MMA in the 21st century.

Story and Photo Courtesy of Igor Golubchik, M-1 Global MMA

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