Sergei Kharitonov Stops Tyrone Spong in Second in Eagle FC 44 Main Event
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January 29, 2022
Sergei Kharitonov, one of the best fighters from the glory days of the Pride Fighting Championships, continues to live in the world of mixed martial arts at the age of 41. Kharitonov defeated Tyrone Spong fans’ favorite striking force Friday night at the Eagle FC 44 main event in Miami, Florida on Friday night and escaped the clash with just a few scratches.
Kharitonov (32-8) absorbed strong kicks and punctures early in the first, but his veteran instincts allowed him to easily download “The King of the Ring” and dominate from the lift position. Spong (2-1) tried to stay on his feet in the second and did well behind the jab, but “The Paratrooper” scored another takedown in the middle of the road and immediately went to the mount. From there, Kharitonov unloaded his fists until referee Andrew Glenn had seen enough and stopped the fight at 2:55.
After the fight, Kharitonov stated that he plans to fight again and prefers to fight for the Eagle FC heavyweight title on the road.
Looking back on the career of Rasad Evans and everything he has accomplished in the cage, it is shocking to realize that it has been almost a decade since he last raised his hand. “Suga” had lost his last five fights and then retired almost four years ago. However, in the co-main event on Friday night, Evans (20-8-1) was dominant over Gabriel Checco and won a wrong unanimous decision.
Checco (12-6) got off to a good start, hitting several kicks in the leg and body, but as soon as Evans caught a kick and hit Checco on the canvas, the former Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight champion controlled the action until the end. Checco tried in vain to land submissions – mostly foot locks – but Evans left. Evans never had Ceko in serious trouble, but the UFC Hall of Famer did almost anything he wanted on the ground against a wild jiu-jitsu black belt. Evans won 30-27 in all three judges and stated after his triumph that he plans to fight again.
In a weightlifting match with two UFC veterans, Ray Borg was the one who had to dig deep and rally on the road for a unanimous decision to win over Cody Gibson. Borg (15-5) ate a plethora of jabs and kicks throughout the first round and it looked like it was going to be a great night for the Albuquerque fighter, but he returned to the fracas in the second. Gibson (18-8) slowed down a bit and was repeated in the second and third rounds. Borg dominated the third and put Gibson almost out with a kick to the jaw just before the last bell. Borg completed the victory with a score of 29-27 and 29-28 (twice).
Undefeated welterweight prospect Ramazan Kuramagomedov looked solid against gray-haired veteran John Howard on his way to a unanimous victory. Howard (29-18-1) hoped to show his bravery in jiu-jitsu inside the cage, but Kuramagomedov made repeated departures and canceled what “Doomsday” tried. In the end, Kuramagomedov (10-0) was dominant and easily won 30-27 (twice) and 30-26.
Longtime veteran Anthony Njokuani was hoping to renew his MMA career, but crashed into a freight train in Raimond Magomedaliev and stopped at the first. Magomedaliev (9-1) came right to Njokuani with kicks to the legs and body, but as soon as he got close enough, he easily lowered the Las Vegan. Njokuani (17-13) appeared to have suffered some sort of injury in the second takedown and was just doing turtles while Magomedaliev unloaded his fists from above. Referee Glen finally intervened, completing the middleweight bout at 2:49 of the frame.
Dylan Salvador and Arman Opsanov fought two grueling rounds full of kicks and many low blows from both men. Ospanov was effective inside, but Salvador (3-1) went to the city on his feet with heavy kicks. Ospanov (11-5) broke at the end of the second and his corner stopped the match just before the start of the third, giving Salvador the victory of TKO.
Heavyweight contender Jorgan De Castro did a quick job of Shaun Asher, submitting him in just 64 seconds. Asher (13-5-1) shot to clear as soon as the duel started, but De Castro (8-3) blocked him. When Asher pushed him into the cage, De Castro squeezed with a guillotine, turned his hips and pressed the tap.
In the early preliminaries, Demarques Jackson achieved a quick TKO victory over Miles Hunsinger after just 54 seconds. Shawn Bunch won a unanimous decision against Firdavs Khasanov. Loik Radzhabov hits Zach Zane with a guillotine. and Majdeddine Ayadi made a unanimous decision on Sitik Muduev.