The second card of this weekend’s six-event MMA Marathon came courtesy of Eurasia Fight Nights (EFN). The 15-fight card, which emanated from historic Saint Petersburg, Russia, was broadcast from beginning to end on UFC Fight Pass.
It was a wild one.
The main event saw legendary Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko make the second effort of his late-career comeback opposite former UFC light heavyweight Fabio Maldonado. The co-main event, meanwhile, saw former Bellator champ Vitaly Minakov—arguably the best heavyweight outside the UFC—take on Australian kickboxing export Peter Graham.
Elsewhere on the card, we were treated to a ridiculous 10 first-round finishes, though many of these can be attributed to the massive skill disparities that marred many matchups. And finally, there was the almost gaudy amount of spectacle that filled the space between fights: Cirque du Soleil acrobatics, pyrotechnics, a live orchestra, performances from Russian rappers and pop stars, and a giant inflatable spider—for some reason.
Scroll down for a rundown on the main and co-main events, and quick results for the card’s remaining 13 fights.
The Main Event: Fedor Survives Insane First Round to Edge Maldonado
Back in December, heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko made a successful return to competition against an extremely outmatched Jaideep Singh. At EFN 50, the 39-year-old Russian’s comeback continued as he took on former UFC light heavyweight Fabio Maldonado. The fight was expected to be a blowout for the Russian great. In the end, however, it was not.
Round one saw Maldonado survive an early onslaught from the Russian, only to turn the tables by sending his foe careening to the mat in a dazed heap. From there, the Brazilian poured on the punishment, pushing a bloodied Fedor to the very brink of consciousness, as the Russian crowd fell silent. Through a blend of lionheartedness and referee bias, however, Fedor survived till ….View full article