Rousimar Palhares' controversial split-decision loss at FNG 73 overturned

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Rousimar Palhares’ split-decision loss to Shamil Amirov at Fight Nights Global 73 has been overturned to a draw.

Fight Nights Global President Kamil Gadzhiev said the initial result – announced without scores at the Sept. 4 event – was changed after the bout was reviewed by the Russian MMA Union.

“If fighters are not happy with the decision, fighters themselves, or their management, send an official protest letter to the Russian MMA Union,” Gadzhiev today told MMAjunkie. “They invite three new judges, they watch again, and they can change the decision. Sometimes, they change the decision.”

Earlier this month, Palhares’ longtime manager, Alex Davis, wrote a letter of protest directly to Fight Nights Global, arguing Palhares (19-8-1) was the clear aggressor in the fights’ second and third round and nearly finished Amirov (3-0-1) by submission.

That letter appears to have gotten immediate results. It also differs starkly from a previous fight overseen by the Russia MMA Union; the government-sanctioned regulatory body famously refused to overturn Fedor Emelianenko’s decision win over Fabio Maldonado, leading a self-reported nonprofit organization to intervene and overturn the fight to a draw.

In that case, the new scorecards were released to the media. MMAjunkie was unable to obtain the new tallies for Pahlares vs. Amirov.

The new official result will be forwarded to the Association of Boxing Commissions’ official record keeper, mixedmartialarts.com.

Davis applauded Fight Nights Global and the Russia MMA Union for their quick action.

“Different than here in the U.S., they were willing to recognize and correct an obvious error,” he wrote to MMAjunkie in a prepared statement. “When I started sending my guys over to Russia to fight, there was some worry as how we would be treated. And there were some organizational problems, which are normal. But turns out that the guys that are going there are being well and fairly treated. This opens up a new horizon for fighters.”

Davis said Palhares’ next career move is not set. The Brazilian submission specialist, who’s been the subject of multiple disciplinary complaints for holding submissions too long and elevated testosterone levels, is now 1-0-1 with Fight Nights Global. In his July promotional debut, he bounced back after a pair of knockout losses with a 37-second submission win over Aleksei Ivanov.

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Fight Nights Global 73: Brandao exits cage mid-fight; Palhares suffers controversial loss

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Today’s Fight Nights Global 73 event featured some familiar names – and some surprising and downright ridiculous results.

The event took place place at Ali Aliev Sports Palace in Kaspiysk, Dagestan, Russia.

One of the more controversial decisions came in a welterweight fight between former UFC contender Rousimar Palhares (19-9) and Shamil Amirov (4-0). Palhares, a leg-lock specialist who threatened with multiple submission attempts, appeared to be headed to a unanimous-decision win as the fight wrapped up.

However, after a grueling third round, Amirov was announced as the surprise winner via split decision. Although Palhares has a history of controversially holding on to submissions too long (and it cost him a spot on the UFC and WSOF rosters), he wasn’t the source of the controversy this time and appeared on his way to a hard-fought victory.

Here are some highlights (via Twitter):

Check out the full fight here (via YouTube):

Things weren’t any less crazy in the Fight Nights Global 73 headliner, though.

UFC vet Diego Brandao (22-12) took on fellow lightweight Akhmed Aliev (16-4) in the day’s featured attraction, but the fight had a premature and confusing end.

Aliev had some success punishing Brandao with body shots, but when the fight hit the mat late in the second round, the 27-year-old Russian appeared to throw some punches after the ref called for a standup. Brandao, who already seemed to be tagged with some illegal shots, then answered with an illegal kick of his own to Aliev’s neck.

As the ref tried to regain order, an incensed Brandao simply hopped over the fence and exited the cage as fans hurled projectiles.

It resulted in a loss for Brandao – and an angry crowd (via Twitter):

Check out the full fight above.

Also on the card, UFC vet and tough-as-nails slugger Fabio Maldonado (24-11) picked up his first submission in 15 fights and more than seven years after catching a tiring Kurban Omarov (8-1) with a third-round guillotine.

Here’s the fight-ending submission, which earned Maldonado the vacant FNG light-heavyweight belt (via Twitter):

Full Fight Nights Global 73 results included:

  • Akhmed Aliev def. Diego Brandao (method TBA)
  • Fabio Maldonado def. Kurban Omarov via submission (guillotine) – Round 3, 3:01 – to claim vacant light heavyweight title
  • Shamil Amirov def. Rousimar Palhares via split decision
  • Artur Aliskerov def. Sergey Pogodaev via unanimous decision
  • Vladimir Dayneko def. Sultan Murtazaliev via unanimous decision
  • Yusup Suleymanov def. Alexander Panov via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:38
  • Magomed Abdulvagabov vs. Nursultan Ruziboev ruled no-contest by promoter (premature stoppage) – Round 1, 4:12
  • Timur Khizriev def. Martiros Grigoryan via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:09
  • Ivan Lukin def. Solekh Khasanov via unanimous decision
  • Magomedgadzhi Gadzhiyev def. Miguel Filipe via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:47
  • Magomedgadzhi Sirazhudinov def. Abdulkhakim Medjidov via unanimous decision
  • Ubaydula Ibragimov def. Anton Lebedev via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:59

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Brandao, Maldonado, Palhares cleared for Monday's Fight Nights Global 73 event in Dagestan

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Russia’s Fight Nights Global promotion returns to action on Monday with a card heavy on Brazilian talent.

“FNG 73: Aliev vs. Brandao” takes place at Ali Aliev Sports Palace in Kaspiysk, Dagestan, Russia. Today, the fighters hit the scale to make the 12-fight card official.

The night’s main event featured a lightweight contest between Russia’s Akhmed Aliev (15-4) and 10-time UFC veteran and “The Ultimate Fighter 14” winner Diego Brandao (22-11). The winner is expected to challenge for a title in his next outing.

In the co-feature, undefeated Russian Kurban Omarov (8-0) faces iron-chinned Brazilian slugger Fabio Maldonado (23-11) with the promotion’s vacant light heavyweight title on the line.

And in a featured matchup, Dagestan’s Shamil Amirov (3-0) takes on leglock specialist Rousimar Palhares (19-8).

Monday’s event kicks off at 5 p.m. MDK local time (10 a.m. ET). While the card does not stream (legally) outside of Russia, Fight Nights Global will upload the full card to the promotion’s YouTube page shortly after the conclusion of the event.

The FNG 73 lineup includes:

  • Akhmed Aliev (70.8 kg/156.1 lbs.) vs. Diego Brandao (70.3 kg/155 lbs.)
  • Kurban Omarov (93.4 kg/205.9 lbs.) vs. Fabio Maldonado (92.8 kg/204.6 lbs.) – for vacant light heavyweight title
  • Shamil Amirov (77.6 kg/171.1 lbs.) vs. Rousimar Palhares (77.5 kg/170.9 lbs.)
  • Artur Aliskerov (93.1 kg) vs. Sergey Pogodaev (93 kg)
  • Vladimir Dayneko (108.2 kg) vs. Sultan Murtazaliev (103 kg)
  • Alexander Panov (90.5 kg) vs. Yusup Suleymanov (93.4 kg)
  • Magomed Abdulvagabov (83.9 kg) vs. Nursultan Ruziboev (84.4 kg)
  • Martiros Grigoryan (66.3 kg) vs. Timur Khizriev (66.2 kg)
  • Solekh Khasanov (93 kg) vs. Ivan Lukin (93.4 kg)
  • Miguel Filipe (57.1 kg) vs. Magomedgadzhi Gadzhiyev (57.5 kg)
  • Abdulkhakim Medjidov (57.1 kg) vs. Magomedgadzhi Sirazhudinov (57.2 kg)
  • Anton Lebedev vs. Ubaydula Ibragimov*

* – Weights not provided by Fight Nights Global officials

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Fight Nights Global 73 set for Sept. 4 in Dagestan with Maldonado, Palhares, Brandao

Russia’s Fight Nights Global will soon host an event with a very Brazilian flair; three of the nation’s most recognized MMA names will be featured on the card.

FNG officials recently confirmed with MMAjunkie that FNG 73 will take place on Sept. 4 at Ali Aliev Sports Palace in Kaspiysk, Dagestan, Russia. Broadcast/streaming plans for the event have not been finalized.

Three bouts have been made official for the card, including Fabio Maldonado (23-11) vs. Kurban Omarov (8-0) for the promotion’s light heavyweight title, welterweights Rousimar Palhares (19-8) vs. Shamil Amirov (3-0), and featherweights Diego Brandao (22-11) vs. Akhmed Aliev (15-4).

The iron-chinned Maldonado made his promotional debut in June 2016 in a controversial majority decision loss to Fedor Emelianenko, a bout that was one of the most well-watched in Russian MMA history. Maldonado then also suffered a decision loss to Mikhail Mokhnatkin before rebounding in March with a first-round TKO win over Abdul-Khamid Davlyatov.

Meanwhile, Omarov made his professional debut in February 2013 and has since remained undefeated in the first eight pro bouts. Most recently, Omarov notched back-to-back knockout wins over Artur Astakhov and Joaquim Ferreira while competing under the FNG banner.

Palhares made his promotional debut in July, when he needed just 37 seconds to score a heel-hook victory over Alexei Ivanov that saw “Toquinho” snap a disappointing two-fight slide. He now faces Amirov, who made his professional debut in October 2016 and has since scored three wins under the FNG banner.

Brandao was released from the UFC in 2016 following a 10-fight stint for the world’s largest MMA promotion. “The Ultimate Fighter 14” winner has found success under the FNG banner, scoring a 39-second knockout of Vener Galiev in May following a highlight-reel helicopter armbar finish of Murad Machaev in January.

Meanwhile, Aliev carries a five-fight winning streak to the cage that includes a February win over “The Ultimate Fighter 8” winner Phillipe Nover. After opening his professional career with a 3-3 mark, Aliev is now 12-1 in his past 13 appearances.

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Rousimar Palhares eyes Fight Nights Global title fight – perhaps in Brazil

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Brazilian submission ace Rousimar Palhares snapped a two-fight losing skid in impressive fashion this past weekend, needing just 37 seconds to score a heel hook win over Alexei Ivanov.

Now “Toquinho” eyes a Fight Nights Global title shot – and he says a potential December visit to his home country by the Russian-based promotion could provide the perfect opportunity.

“I’m willing to fight anyone on the Fight Nights Global roster – not for the fight, itself, but for the victory,” Palhares said in his native Portuguese. “Every fighter has an individual style. Thus, I will have a special training before each fight.

“Call me out. I will accept. I am going for the Fight Nights Global belt.”

Fight Nights Global officials previously teased a potential event in Brazil later this year. Palhares said he would be happy to help the promotion extend its global reach.

In the meantime, Palhares said he just needs a few months to tend to some personal matters, and then he’s happy to step back in the cage against any challenger, wherever the fight may take place.

“Grappling and wrestling are natural for me,” Palhares said. “My moves are automatic when I’m fighting. I don’t have to think. I just do what I do.”

To hear more from Palhares check out the video above.

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Ahhhhhhhh! Rousimar Palhares sends another victim into (painful) verbal submission

Rousimar Palhares claimed another victim with his patented submission in today’s Fight Nights Global 70 main event.

Palhares (19-8), who has become somewhat of a world traveler since his UFC release in late 2013, made quick work of Alexei Ivanov (11-4) in the welterweight main event at FSK in Ulan-Ude, Russia.

The submission expert quickly got the fight to the mat, and from there, Ivanov’s fight for survival was on. Palhares, a former WSOF champ, relentlessly attacked the legs until he secured a heel hook and forced the frantic tap less than a minute into the opening round (via Twitter):

The performance snapped a two-fight skid for Palhares and marked his first victory since a controversial August 2015 win over Jake Shields under the WSOF banner.

Although the 37-year-old Brazilian has a checkered past of holding on to submissions long after a referee’s intervention, he appeared to quickly break the hold during today’s Fight Nights Global 70 appearance, which marked his promotional debut.

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Rousimar Palhares expecting tough challenge in Russia but eyes FNG title

Rousimar Palhares has been here before – struggling through back-to-back knockout losses and wondering what the future might hold. Last time, he responded in fine fashion. This time, he expects similar results.

“I will submit Alexei Ivanov, like I do most of the time,” Palhares said in his native Portuguese. “I am sure he is good, but he has never faced someone like me.”

Palhares (18-8) and Ivanov (11-3) meet in the featured bout of Friday’s Fight Nights Global event, which takes place at FSK in Ulan-Ude, Russia. The event is expected to featured on UFC Fight Pass via video on demand shortly after the conclusion of the contest.

It’s a precarious position for the 37-year-old Palhares. He remains one of the most feared submission artists in the game, but after suffering losses to Emil Meek in Italy and Michal Materla in Poland, Palhares’ future as a top welterweight hangs in the balance.

Add to the challenge of fighting a Russian opponent in his backyard, and the difficulty level increases.

“Russians are known for being tough and always coming to fight,” Palhares said. “I like fighting guys like that. It’s good to be challenged.

“I know he is a tough guy, as all Russians. I respect him. Being a two-time sambo champ means that he is good, but I am coming very well prepared.”

The last time Palhares dropped consecutive outings – 2012 bouts with Hector Lombard and Alan Belcher – he bounced back with four consecutive submission wins over Mike Pierce, Steve Carl, Jon Fitch and Jake Shields.

Facing a fighter confident in his leglock abilities could either prove a blessing or a curse for Palhares. After all, the Brazilian’s submission abilities are what makes him special – but his backup plans are often minimal.

“FNG 70: Palhares vs. Ivanov” could provide a glimpse into the future of the feared grappler. Palhares believes it will be bright.

“I will try to submit everyone to become champ,” Palhares said. “This I will do.”

For more on FNG 70, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Fight Nights Global 70 set for July 7 in Russia with Rousimar Palhares vs. Alexei Ivanov

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Controversial Brazilian submission master Rousimar Palhares (18-8) looks to snap a two-fight losing streak when he meets dangerous Russian middleweight Alexei Ivanov (11-3) in the main event of “Fight Nights Global 70: Palhares vs. Ivanov.”

FNG officials recently announced the lineup for the event, which takes place July 6 at FSK in Ulan-Ude, Russia. The event is expected it be available on UFC Fight Pass via video on demand shortly after the conclusion of the card.

Palhares, a leglock master and former WSOF welterweight champion, has struggled in recent outings, suffering back-to-back knockout losses to Michael Materla at KSW 36 in Poland this past October, as well as to current UFC middleweight Emil Meek at Venator FC 3 in Italy in May 2016. Still, with 15 submission wins in his 18 career victories, the 37-year-old Palhares’ danger in the grappling game remains unquestionable.

Meanwhile, Ivanov has competed almost exclusively in his native Russia during a professional career that was launched in August 2010. In his most recent outing, a December appearance at FNG 57, Ivanov suffered a submission loss via guillotine choke. However, prior to that setback, the 29-year-old Ivanov owned a seven-fight winning streak.

The complete FNG 70 lineup includes:

  • Rousimar Palhares vs. Alexei Ivanov
  • Vadim Buseev vs. Yunpeng Guo
  • Maxim Butorin vs. Michael Hill
  • Aldar Budanaev vs. Sabit Zhusupov
  • Aleksandr Dankov vs. Sergey Pogodaev
  • Murat Khasanov vs. Sergey Lesnikov
  • Bato Damdinov vs. Renat Ondar
  • Dzhamal Ibragimgadzhiev vs. Alexey Vorotnikov
  • Tsogookhuu Amarsanaa vs. Valeriy Mitrichuk
  • Bair Asalkhanov vs. Vladimir Tsoi

For more on FNG 70, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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