With one devastating punch to the face, Fedor Emelianenko knocked Andrei Arlovski into another stratosphere. He also knocked out anyone who thinks Fedor does not deserve the status as the worlds top heavyweight fighter.
Arlovski was on a hot streak coming into the bout, defeating Roy Nelson, Ben Rothwell, Jake O'Brien, Fabricio Werdum and Marcio Cruz. But Arlovski's fate would be different against the legend of Fedor.
Through first three minutes, Arlovski and Fedor traded punches. Arlovski used his height and reach advantage to create distance. Fedor fed Arlovski a steady diet of overhand rights but Arlovski seemed to be a hair faster with his straight punches. Even Tito's praise of Arlovski could help him against the unstoppable Fedor.
In a flury, Fedor was knocked to the corner with an Arlovski push kick that would seem to have stunned a normal fighter. But the ever calm Fedor slowed down the game as Arlovski turned on his jets. Andrei sprang forward with a flying knee, but waiting for him was a Fedor right hand that landed right on the button. Another one bites the dust.
As the power punch met its target on Arlovski's jaw, the 6'4" heavyweight came crashing to the canvas. Fedor calmly walked away, his hand raised. Three minutes and fourteen seconds had passed and another former UFC heavyweight champ fell victim to the top HW in the world. Fedor needed just 3:14 to take out another challenger.
The next challenge for Fedor will likely be top 4 HW Josh Barnett. Barnett defeated Gilbert Yvel at 3:05 of the third round due strikes. Josh has kept a fairly busy schedule despite Affliction's light schedule fighting twice in Japan for the Sengoku in 2008.
In other action, Vitor Belfort unleashed a fury on Matt Lindland knocking him senseless at with a left hand punch to Lindland's chin. Belfort followed up with a couple punches, but they weren't needed. Vitor notched his 4 win in a row, utilizing his hand to knock out a world class wrestler.
In the second round, Babalu Sobral was able to choke out Sokoudjou with an anaconda choke. Sobral tried and tried to bring the fight to the ground, and once his finished a double leg, Sokoudjou was cooked.
Paul Buentello def Kiril Sidelnikov via TKO (doctor's stoppage), R3- 4:18- Buentello simply outclassed baby Fedor in this heavyweight tilt. Buentello measured his opponent and found his jab enroute to opening up a cut on the Russian. From there, the fight was stopped in the third round.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def Vladimir Matyushenko via KO (Knee), R2- 4:26- For some reason, Vladdy Matyushenko didn't attempt a takedown in this fight and he sure paid for it. Vladdy lost in brutal fashion being rocked by knees and punches before finally crumpling to the mat.
Brett Cooper def Patrick Speight via TKO (Punches), R2- 4:10- Brett Cooper and his Clay Guida style caveman locks used superior boxing and cardio to put out Patrick Speight.
Albert Rios def Antonio Duarte via Decision (Unanimous)
L.C. Davis def Bao Quach via Decision (Unanimous)
Dan Lauzon def Bobby Green via Sub (Rear-Naked Choke), R1- 4:55
Jay Hieron def. Jason High via KO (punches) -- Round 1, 1:04.