M-1's 'best knockouts ever' video delivers on its promise (with some vintage Fedor!)

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Who doesn’t want to see five minutes of knockout highlights from the past two decades?

Thanks to M-1, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary of promoting MMA events in Russia and around the globe, fans can watch quite the highlights package.

The bouts come from all years and weight classes – even with some vintage Fedor Emelianenko – and feature all types of knockouts from a host of names, some familiar and some that are lesser known.

Spinning stuff? Body shots? Head kicks? Ground and pound? Uppercuts, overhands and everything in between?

You can find it all above.

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Founded in 1997, M-1 Global has established itself in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) as the premier entity for discovering and developing the world’s next-generation of superstar fighters. With its office in St Petersburg, Russia, the M-1 brand has staged more than 200 events worldwide, including M-1 Selection, M-1 Challenge, M-1 Global and M-1 Global HWGP events, in addition to co-promoting Strikeforce events and M-1 Global on the U.S. network, Showtime. Captivating live, television and broadband audiences with its superior production values and match-ups, M-1 Global events have featured some of the sport’s top names, including legendary heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, Andrei Arlovski, Gegard Mousasi, Alistair Overeem, Keith Jardine, Ben Rothwell, Melvin Manhoef, Sergei Kharitonov, Aleksander Emelianenko, Roman Zentsov, Yushin Okami, Mike Pyle, Denis Kang, Martin Kampmann, Amar Suloev, Chalid Arrab and Stephan Struve. 2017 has been another sensational year of world-class competition, featuring a full calendar of Challenge events, fueled by a talent-rich contention system ranking M-1 Global Champions among the greatest fighters in the sport.

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Fedor Emelianenko fans are out in force at Bellator 183 – and they even wore sweaters

The first 5,000 fans to enter the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., for tonight’s Bellator 183 event received a specialized bobblehead of legendary heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko.

A pair of fans took things a step further, though, arriving to the event wearing Emelianenko’s (36-5 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) iconic “Glorious Sweater of Absolute Victory,” of which Emelianenko absolutely approves.

Check out the ode to the former PRIDE heavyweight champion below.

Emelianenko is not competing at Bellator 183, but he is in attendance at the event. The Russian is coming off a first-round knockout loss to Matt Mitrione at Bellator NYC in June.

Keep up with Bellator 183 live results here.

For complete coverage of Bellator 183, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Fedor Emelianenko approves of his 'Glorious Sweater of Absolute Victory' bobblehead

Listen, I’ve already raved about how perfect the Fedor Emelianenko bobblehead is that’s being given away at Bellator 183 and how you should get to SAP Center on Saturday if you’re anywhere in the vicinity of San Jose.

He’s wearing the “Glorious Sweater of Absolute Victory,” instantly making it the greatest MMA bobblehead of all time – of all time.

And you know what? The man, the myth, the legend himself agrees.

OK, maybe that was just a thumbs up stamp of approval, and he didn’t quite agree with my assessment that it’s the GOAT of MMA bobbleheads.

But it is. Period. And it’s not up for debate.

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Fans invited to this week's Bellator 183 weigh-ins, Fan Fest (and chance for a sick dinner prize)

Bellator’s return to its home base in San Jose, Calif., goes down this week, and fans can get up close and personal with some MMA superstars.

Fans are invited to the weigh-ins for Bellator 183, as well as a Fan Fest and meet-and-greet opportunities. In addition, one lucky fan can win a chance to have dinner with three MMA standouts, four VIP tickets to the event and a Bellator prize pack.

Bellator 183 takes place Saturday at SAP Center in San Jose. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

The weigh-ins take place at SAP Center. Doors open to fans at 4 p.m. PT local time. At 4:30 p.m., weigh-ins for the Bellator Kickboxing 7 event take place, followed by the ceremonial weigh-ins for Bellator 183 at 5 p.m.

After that, a Fan Fest will take place Dave & Buster’s at 940 Great Mall Dr.
in Milpitas, Calif. On hand will be women’s featherweight champion Julia Budd, Dan Henderson, Mike Goldberg and John McCarthy from 8-11 p.m. ET. The event is free with an RSVP by Bellator Nation members, who can sign up at bellator.com/fanfest.

On Saturday, before the fights, there will be a meet-and-greet opportunity with legendary heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko in the concourse at SAP Center from 3:30-5:30 p.m. In addition, the first 5,000 fans into the fights will receive a limited edition Fedor bobblehead.

There’s another opportunity for one lucky winner, as well. Fans can register to win a dinner with Emelianenko, former lightweight champ Michael Chandler and women’s MMA pioneer Gina Carano. The winner will get dinner, four VIP tickets to Bellator 183, and a Bellator prize pack. Fans can enter to win at Bellator183dinner.com.

In the Bellator 183 main event, former UFC and WEC lightweight champ Benson Henderson takes on Patricky Freire. In the co-feature, “TUF 10” winner and UFC veteran Roy Nelson makes his Bellator debut against Javy Alyala. Plus, Paul Daley takes on UFC veteran Lorenz Larkin in a welterweight featured bout.

For more on Bellator 183, visit the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Fedor Emelianenko's bobblehead is wearing the 'Glorious Sweater of Absolute Victory,' and it's perfect

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Whatever you have planned Saturday, Sept. 23, cancel it and find your way over to SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., for Bellator 183. It doesn’t matter where you’re coming from, either. Just get there.

Yes, the fight card is cool, with the return of Benson Henderson vs. Patricky Freire in the main event, the promotional debut of Roy Nelson and a Paul Daley-Lorenz Larkin matchup that has potential to pop off. It pales in comparison to one thing, though.

This glorious Fedor Emelianenko bobblehead that’s being given away:

HE’S WEARING THE GLORIOUS SWEATER OF ABSOLUTE VICTORY?!?

Just look at this detail. It’s perfect.

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For details on how to get your hands on one of these glorious bobbleheads and take part in a meet-and-greet with Emelianenko, click here.

And if you need a reminder on why Fedor’s Glorious Sweater of Absolute Victory is so glorious (which you shouldn’t), watch the video above.

For more on Bellator 183, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Check out Mauro Ranallo's classic reaction – on virtual reality video – to Mitrione-Fedor at Bellator NYC

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There were many memorable moments at Bellator’s second foray into the pay-per-view world in June.

One of the best featured a rare double knockdown, and one of the promotion’s new play-by-play voices, Mauro Ranallo, responded appropriately in vintage fashion.

In the Bellator NYC co-headliner, Matt Mitrione (12-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) survived a double knockdown, then pounced to force a first-round stoppage win over famed heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko (36-5 MMA, 0-1 BMMA).

In Bellator’s newly released 360 virtual reality footage, you can check out the finish from multiple angles. Simply drag the video screen to see the knockdown and finish itself, the crowd reaction – or best of all, the reactions of Ranallo and Jimmy Smith from their cageside broadcast booth at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Check out the video above.

For complete coverage of Bellator NYC and Bellator 180, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Replay of Bellator NYC, with Silva-Sonnen and Fedor-Mitrione, airs tonight on Spike

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We’re a month removed from Bellator’s second foray into the world of pay-per-view.

Did you miss it, but would love the opportunity to see it, or see it all over again? Spike will broadcast a replay of Bellator NYC tonight.

The two and a half hour broadcast airs on Spike at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

And regardless of what you thought of the matchups and results, there’s little denying Bellator NYC was historic for the promotion, given it was its return to the pay-per-view stage, as well as its first trip to the famed Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Bellator NYC took place June 24 at the famed Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main card aired on pay-per-view following a Bellator 180 card on Spike.

On the pay-per-view card, there was no shortness of oddities. After Douglas Lima (29-6 MMA, 11-2 BMMA) cruised past Lorenz Larkin (18-6 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) to retain his welterweight title, Aaron Pico (0-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) was upset by heavy underdog Zach Freeman (9-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA). And Michael Chandler (16-4 MMA, 13-4 BMMA) lost the lightweight title to Brent Primus (8-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) in odd circumstances.

In a double headliner, Matt Mitrione (12-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) beat Fedor Emelianenko (36-5 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) by knockout – after the two of them knocked each other down at the same time. And in the main event, Chael Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) settled his grudge with Wanderlei Silva (35-13-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA).

For complete coverage of “Bellator: NYC” and Bellator 180, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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MMAjunkie's 'Knockout of the Month' for June: The return of a signature move

With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMAjunkie looks at the best knockouts from June. Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMAjunkie’s “Knockout of the Month” award for June.

At the bottom of the post, let us know if we got it right by voting on your choice.

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The Nominees

Dominick Reyes def. Jordan Powell at LFA 13

Jordan Powell’s (8-7) timing could not have been any worse. Dominick Reyes’ (7-0), meanwhile, was picture-perfect.

In the first round of their light heavyweight bout, Reyes was on the attack, pelting Powell with punches. Powell mostly fended off the onslaught and in the moment shook his head as if to say, “That was nothing.” Not one second later, Reyes starched Powell with a vicious head kick that instantly made him crash to the canvas just 53 seconds in.

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Dan Hooker def. Ross Pearson at UFC Fight Night 110

Dan Hooker (14-7 MMA, 4-3 UFC) made Ross Pearson (19-14 MMA, 11-11 UFC) wade through dozens of jabs and leg-kicks, and just as “The Real Deal” started getting inside, he met the advance with a fight-ending shot.

Hooker sneaked in a lunging knee straight up the middle that landed square on the chin of the Brit. The blow sent Pearson’s mouthpiece flying, giving Hooker a highlight-reel knockout in the second round of the lightweight affair.

Holly Holm def. Bethe Correia at UFC Fight Night 111

After a three-fight skid that marked the low point of an otherwise prestigious combat sports career, Holly Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) got back in the win column against Bethe Correia (10-3-1 MMA, 4-3-1 UFC) courtesy of her signature move.

Holm won for the first time since her memorable knockout of Ronda Rousey in November 2015 when she used the same head kick technique to drop Correia before finishing the women’s bantamweight bout with one additional brutal blow.

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Matt Mitrione def. Fedor Emelianenko at Bellator NYC

Matt Mitrione (12-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) and Fedor Emelianenko (36-5 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) knocked each other down to set up the beginning of the end in their heavyweight fight nearly a year in the making.

Mitrione recovered first, though, and pounced on Emelianenko with a flurry of vicious right hands. The former PRIDE champion went out cold, giving “Meathead” the biggest victory of his career in a mere 74 seconds.

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Tha Pyay Nyo def. Htet Aung Oo at ONE Championship 56

Tha Pyay Nyo (4-0) remained undefeated in MMA competition with his most impressive victory yet, finishing Htet Aung Oo (0-1) with a perfectly placed punch just 16 seconds into their bantamweight fight.

Nyo set his opponent up with the jab, waited a beat for Aung Oo to throw a shot in return, then came over the op with a massive right hand to the chin. Aung Oo crumpled to the canvas immediately and Nyo put the exclamation point on the performance with an extra shot to his downed opponent before the referee stepped in.

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The Winner: Holly Holm

The kick that ex-champ Holm used to knock out Rousey came back with a vengeance, though it took her a while to use it.

Holm’s cautious approach over two rounds suddenly gave way to a head kick that felled onetime title challenger Correia at the 1:09 mark of the third round.

Referee Marc Goddard stepped in to save Correia after Holm followed her concussive kick with a punch to the chops that knocked the Brazilian flat on the canvas.

Just moments earlier, Correia had taunted Holm to engage – and the answer left her unconscious.

The knockout was an emphatic ending to an otherwise tentative fight. After the fighters circled endlessly, drawing a warning for timidity from Goddard in the second, boos showed the crowd’s patience was wearing thin.

Holm, ever the counter-fighter, mostly stayed at range and used her kicks to snipe at Correia, who came into the fight with a height and reach disadvantage. Despite those long limbs, Correia managed to find her way inside, connecting late in the opening frame with a combination that got Holm’s attention. Mostly, though, the fighters danced around the octagon.

Correia apparently got tired of the pace, too. With her taunts, she invited a scrap that might get the audience back on her side. But that turned out to be her undoing, as she walked straight into a kick that put Holm’s shin straight to her face.

It was Holm’s first win in the octagon since she did the same to ex-champion Rousey, upending the MMA world in November 2015 with a shocking upset knockout.

“Amazing,” Holm said of snapping a three-fight skid. “There’s so many things I want to say, but this fight, I know she could make messy, and I heard a lot of boos from the first round. But what I wanted to do was make it look as clean as I could.”

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Video: Go behind the scenes of historic Bellator: NYC at Madison Square Garden

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We’re a week removed from Bellator’s second foray into the world of pay-per-view.

And regardless of what you thought of the matchups and results, there’s little denying Bellator: NYC was historic for the promotion, given it was its return to the pay-per-view stage, as well as its first trip to the famed Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Now you can relive the event, which included a Bellator 180 card on Spike, through Bellator’s “Backstage” behind-the-scenes video.

“Bellator NYC: Backstage” includes footage from boxer Heather Hardy (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), who made her pro MMA debut with a win, and Conor McGregor teammate James Gallagher (7-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA), who stayed unbeaten. Plus, in the Bellator 180 headliner, Ryan Bader (23-5 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) beat Phil Davis (17-4 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) to become Bellator’s light heavyweight champion.

On the pay-per-view card, there was no shortness of oddities. After Douglas Lima (29-6 MMA, 11-2 BMMA) cruised past Lorenz Larkin (18-6 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) to retain his welterweight title, Aaron Pico (0-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) was upset by heavy underdog Zach Freeman (9-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA). And Michael Chandler (16-4 MMA, 13-4 BMMA) lost the lightweight title to Brent Primus (8-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) in odd circumstances.

Matt Mitrione (12-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) beat Fedor Emelianenko (36-5 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) by knockout – after the two of them knocked each other down at the same time. And in the main event, Chael Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) settled his grudge with Wanderlei Silva (35-13-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA).

Check out the full video above.

For complete coverage of “Bellator: NYC” and Bellator 180, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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What did we get for our money at Bellator NYC, and would we spend it all over again?

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A double knockdown. A “legends” fight between two 40-year-olds. A title fight that ended with a floppy foot and a “Three Stooges” gag. A hype train derailed the instant it left the station.

This is just some of what we got for our $50 when Bellator returned to pay-per-view on Saturday night. Whether or not you think it was worth the money, you have to admit it was memorable. Weird might be the better term for it, but weird is a type of entertainment.

Considering what Bellator has to work with, it might be a type that the Viacom-owned promotion has to get used to. Of the six fights featured on the pay-per-view portion of Bellator NYC, two were legitimate title fights, two were nostalgia-based old-timers affairs, one was essentially a local shoutout to the Gracie clan, and one was a coming out party for a blue-chip recruit.

So how did it all work out?

The welterweight title fight between champion Douglas Lima and UFC import Lorenz Larkinwas “underwhelming,” according to the not inaccurate assessment of potential future Bellator welterweight title challenger Rory MacDonald. The lightweight title scrap ended in a controversial upset victory for Brent Primus after a strange injury to Michael Chandler gave way to unintentional slapstick comedy.

The old-timers? Matt Mitrione and Fedor Emelianenko raced each other to the mat before Emelianenko once again lost his tenuous grip on consciousness, and then Chael Sonnen out-wrestled Wanderlei Silva before lapsing back into self-parody just in time for his post-fight interview.

That Gracie Jiu-Jitsu commercial? It went about like you’d expect, even if it was wedged bafflingly into the latter half of the broadcast to stifle momentum before the main event. The coming out party for Aaron Pico got spoiled by Zach Freeman, who reminded us that having experience matters more than having a Wikipedia page.

But when all was said and done, were you not entertained? Didn’t you feel like you came away with plenty to talk (and laugh and shake your head) at?

If the goal was to give us an event that we didn’t feel like we could miss, yet also one that didn’t feel like a weak knockoff of the UFC, it’s hard not to call this a success.

But coming out of Bellator NYC, it does feel like we’ve seen the glimpses of a workable strategy. Bellator has legitimate, relevant talents on its roster, but they don’t draw the masses. It also has fighters who were talented and relevant a decade ago, but who still put butts in seats, and the best of those realize that with less and less steak to sell, they need to focus more on the sizzle these days.

When combined with the inherent tendency toward the bizarre that exists in a sport like MMA, you have yourself a recipe for some memorable nights. You can get people talking, which is the first step to getting them interested. The appeal of a big Bellator event might never come with the exact same sales proposition as a UFC PPV, but that can be a feature instead of a bug.

What remains to be seen is whether or not it’s a viable way to make money over the long term. A few Bellator PPVs a year, when sprinkled with just the right blend of weirdness and seriousness? Sure, the hardcores will watch that. But are there enough hardcores buying enough events? Will we still want to see this plan in action a few years down the road, or does it only work as a bridge to something more traditional?

These are the questions Bellator is going to have to answer eventually. For now, all it has to ask itself is if we had enough fun – of one kind or another – to consider coming back for more.

And I admit it, I did. Even if I’m still not totally sure how or why.

For complete coverage of Bellator NYC and Bellator 180, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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