‘The White Wolf’ Scores Middleweight Gold and Knockout of the Night at M-1 Challenge: Damkovsky vs. Figueroa

When Magomed ‘The White Wolf’ Sultanakhmedov sauntered down the catwalk to the Rolling Stones’ Can’t You Hear Me Knockin, it was as if he knew the middleweight strap was rightfully his for the taking; standing at the doorstep of greatness, Sultanakhmedov made no mistakes this time out, delivering a flawless performance to become M-1 Global’s 185-pound champion. Leaving Tyson ‘The Anti Hero’ Jeffries battered and broken on the canvass, Sultanakhmedov proved to those tuning in to Friday night’s live SHOWTIME broadcast that he is one of Europe’s top strikers and a force to be reckoned with inside the ring.

Kicking off the opening frame, Sultanakhmedov showed poise and composure as Jeffries came out aggressively, missing with a front kick which allowed ‘The White Wolf’ to counter with a snapping inside, outside leg-kick combination. With both fighters looking sharp, Sultanakhmedov nailed a powerful rib-snapping kick to Jeffries mid-section and secured a seamless takedown; knowing that his advantage is on the feet, he popped back up and as Jeffries followed suit, the Oregon native was already showing a massive damaging welt to his right ribs. Sensing that Jeffries was hurt, Sultanakhmedov exploited his vault of experience and unleashed unanswered combinations that landed at will with laser-guided precision leaving Jeffries capable of doing nothing but defend as the onslaught continued until the round’s end.

The second frame’s opening bell showed a revitalized Jeffries who took the advice from corner man, Matt Lindland, and began checking Sultanakhmedov’s kicks to prevent sustaining further damage. After blasting each other in a high-powered exchange, Jeffries finally secured a much-needed takedown but failed to capitalize on his opportunity and allowed his foe to escape back to his feet; from that point forward, Sultanakhmedov took over, continuously delivering devastating shots to Jeffries’ already bruised ribs. Catching Jeffries in a tight clinch, he delivered relentless skull-cracking knees then pushed the American fighter against the ropes where he unleashed another round of leg bombs to Jeffries’ buckling midsection. With Jeffries on the way down, Sultanakhmedov smelled blood and began raining unanswered bombs to his opponent’s head, forcing the referee in charge to intervene and halt the bout at 3:07 of round 2 due to TKO.

While Jeffries was attended to by the ringside physicians, Sultanakhmedov graciously celebrated in the ring as the championship belt was brandished around the European’s waist; ‘The White Wolf’ now sits atop a deep pool of talented fighters eager for their opportunity to dethrone the division’s newly crowned top-dog. For Jeffries, it wasn’t the ‘Anti Hero’s’ night and he’ll look to battle his way back up the contention ladder after being knocked down several rungs.

M-1 Global is now in full-swing preparation for its third mega-event of 2011 scheduled for Thursday April 28th from the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. Current Welterweight Champion, Shamil Zavurov looks to avenge his record’s sole blemish in the headline bout at M-1 Challenge XXV: Zavurov vs. Magomedov II. Free LIVE broadcast coverage of the entire event will be available to viewers worldwide on MMA-Paradise.com at 11:00am EST / 8:00am PST.

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