WSOF 35 Recap; MMA Fight Night at Turning Stone
Blagoy Ivanov just signed a new contract to keep fighting in the WSOF. A smart move by the WSOF, banking on the Bulgarian to be a key fighter in their heavyweight division. And he rewarded the WSOF at Turning Stone Resort and Casino as they played host to world class MMA fighting as the World Series of Fighting produced WSOF 35 on Saturday evening, televised on NBCSN.
In the co-main event, Ivanov (15-1), put his belt on the line against former UFC heavyweight fighter "Savage" Shawn Jordan (19-8). After a couple of punching exchanges, Jordan missed with a left, opening the door for the champion to pounce. A quick two punch combo by Ivanov stunned and knocked Jordan down and the champ was able to ground and pound until the referee stopped the fight 1:43 into the first round.
In the other co-main event, Long Island native Andre Harrison went into his featherweight title fight with an undefeated 15-0 record against champion Lance Palmer (11-3). Harrison landed a couple of massive kicks and punches that stumbled Palmer in the first two rounds. The third round saw Palmer, who has a wrestling background from Ohio State, try to go to the ground more to neutralize Harrisons standing strikes. After an even fourth round, Harrison, perhaps smelling victory, became aggressive again. He landed a couple of massive kicks and a right hand which bloodied Palmer. Palmer was able to survive the full five rounds, but was not able to survive the judge's scorecard, as Harrison, now 16-0, became the WSOF Featherweight Champion via unanimous decision.
Russian Bekbulat Mamedov (17-1) became the WSOF Bantamweight champion by controlling the pace of the fight and the ground game and minimizing Las Vegas native Donovan Frelow's (6-2) counter attacks. Mamedov claimed the vacant belt via a five round unanimous decision.
On the preliminary undercard, Jersey City native Emmanuel Walo (11-2-1) picked up his 11th professional victory with a third round split decision over Brazil native Andrews Nakahara (5-4-2) . Costa Rican Steven Rodriguez (9-2) scored a three round featherweight decision over Brazilian Alexandre Alameda (18-7). Jersey City's Islam Mamedov (14-1) scored a 2nd round submission victory via armbar over Brazil native Natan Schulte (11-3). Canadian welterweight Hakeem Dawodu moved to 7-0-1 in his young career with a three round unanimous decision over Utah native Steven Siler (28-16). Amsterdam, NY resident Tommy "Gunnz" Marcellinno (9-5) had a huge crowd cheering him on in his three round victory via unanimous featherweight bout over Bill Jones (12-11). Matt Secor (8-4), a native of South Glen Falls, NY was not as fortunate, as Russian fighter Abubaker Nurmagomedov (14-1-1) had his way throughout their three round fight, scoring a unanimous decision.