Mamed Khalidov TKOs Jorge Santiago in Sengoku Upset

Saturday, November 07, 2009

In a major MMA upset, Mamed Khalidov defeated Jorge Santiago by first-round TKO Saturday at Sengoku 11.

The Polish Khalidov came out aggressively, trying and missing a spinning back kick in the early going before Santiago took him down. On the ground, Khalidov stunned Santiago with a punch to the jaw, and as soon as he smelled blood he pounced, unleashing a series of hard strikes to the head that had Santiago dazed and hurting. The referee stepped in and stopped it at the 2:45 mark of the first round.

“I always had a dream to come to Japan,” Khalidov said after the fight. That dream turned out to be a nightmare for Santiago, who was on a nine-fight winning streak and was widely regarded as one of the world’s 10 best middleweights. Now Santiago falls to 21-8.

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Full Results

Michihiro Omigawa def. Hatsu Hioki via Split Decision
Mamed Khalidov def. Jorge Santiago via TKO in the 1stRound
Jorge Masvidal def. Satoru Kitaoka via KO in the 1stRound
Tomoaki Ueyama def. Hirokazu “Bull” Konno via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in the 1stRound
Kazunori Yokota def. Eiji Mitsuaoka via Unanimous Decision
Stanislov Nedkov def. Kevin Randleman via Split Decision
Akihiro Gono def. Yoon Young Kim via Unanimous Decision
Marlon Sandro def. Yuji Hoshino via KO in the 1stRound
Dave Herman def. Jim York via KO in the 1stRound
Ronnie Mann def. Shigeki Osawa via Unanimous Decision
Ryota Uozomi def. Yuichiro Yajima via Submission (Armbar) in the 1stRound