Monday, February 19, 2007

European Throwdown: News and Notes from Iberia to Siberia

This edition of's bi-weekly column on the European fight scene looks ahead to next month, which will be a hot one across Europe. We will give you a preview of events happening in Russia, Finland and Lithuania, and round things up with a humorous mailbag.

Red Devils want to stay on top
M-1, the partner of bodogFIGHT in Russia, also wants to get the ball rolling with its first event in 2007. The March 3 show has the Red Devil team from the North going up against challengers from Western cities Kaliningrad and Moscow.

Speaking of the Red Devils: The teammates of PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko and his younger but bigger brother Aleksander want to keep the momentum they gained in the K-1 "Russia vs. Korea" event, which took place in Seoul earlier this year.

On the show the Russian fighters outclassed their Korean opposition with 10-2. Particularly impressive was 18-year-old Kiril Sidelnikov, who is trained by none other than Fedor himself. The Sambo fighter looked just as light-footed as his master and even the boxing style resembled the "Russian Emperor.” In the end he took out his opponent Dong Woo Shin with a crashing body kick after only 19 seconds.

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