Russian bear chokes out Bobish

JOSE RODRIGUEZ, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

The Russian invasion of Calgary was short and sweet.

Aleksander Emelianenko choked out former UFC heavy weight Dan Bobish early yesterday morning at the Hardcore Championship Fighting card at the Stampede Corral.

It took the Sambo expert a minute and nine seconds to dispose of the 330-lb. Bobish.

But the loudest cheers were reserved for Aleksander's brother Fedor. Touted by most mixed-martial-arts experts as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Fedor was the guest of honour at the event.

Bringing Fedor to Calgary was a coup for CEO Keith Crawford and his upstart HCF.

The Russian, who refused to sign on with the UFC, told the Sun he will hold a press conference in New York tomorrow to announce his new bosses.

Rumours persist he has signed on with Russian fight club M-1.

Calgary fans were also treated to more than four hours of high-energy fights that began Friday and ended early yesterday morning.

Local scrapper Andrew Buckland dominated Brazilian Lucas Rota in a solid display of ground and pound and a few surprise strikes including a spinning backfist that drew fans from their seats. He won by decision and is donating his purse to fight cancer. His father, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer recently, was in the stands to watch his son's arm raised in victory.

In women's action, Victoria's Sarah Kaufman captured the HCF World Bantamweight title in convincing fashion. Kaufman had her way with Ginele Marquez and displayed some smart boxing until the referee stepped in and stopped the fight. Marquez is trained by former Pride star Josh Barnett.

American Thomas Schulte won the HCF World Lightweight title, beating Costa Rica's Ariel Sexton.

Former UFC fighter Sean Salmon dominated Marcus Vinicios, getting the Vancouver-based Brazilian in a crucifix and pounding him in the head until the referee stepped in.

Also victorious were: Tim Smith, Garett Davis, Ryan Machan and Gegard Mousasi.

SILVA DEFENDS TITLE

A ruthless Anderson Silva took out Rich Franklin for a second time to defend his middleweight mixed martial arts title by TKO at UFC 77 last night.

The Brazilian was brutal, dispatching the hometown hero with punches and knees until he crumpled to the canvas at 1:07 of the second round.

Earlier, former heavyweight champion Tim (The Maine-iac) Sylvia used his size to subdue a game Brandon (The Truth) Vera via unanimous decision in a co-main event that drew boos.

Canadians went 0-2 on the night, with middleweights Jason (The Athlete) MacDonald and Kalib Starnes both going down to defeat at the U.S. Bank Arena.

Japan's Yushin Okami outmuscled MacDonald to win a unanimous decision, while Alan (The Talent) Belcher was awarded a TKO over Starnes due to a doctor stoppage for an ugly gash on the Canadian's forehead.

Silva (20-4) looked dangerous, almost cocky, with knees flying and spinning kicks and punches. And he quickly finished Franklin (24-3) in the second with a barrage of punches and kicks.


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