19-year-old kid takes on MASSIVE freak opponent – ends shockingly

Thursday, February 22, 2018

You should never judge a book by its cover. This is true in many aspects of life but it’s especially so in martial arts and fighting and this MMA fight from 2008 is a great example of that.

This fight took place at event M-1: Slamm in Almere, Flevoland, Netherlands, and was between 19-year-old babyface, Kirill Sidelnikov, versus a very big and scary looking opponent, named Martin Soltisyk.

Upon appearance alone, you wouldn’t even think this would be a fair fight. But if you didn’t already know, Sidelnikov hails from the same town as MMA legend, Fedor Emelianenko, and is one of his main training partners.

Now, it’s probably not fair to speculate or make assumptions on who’s using steroids without any evidence but most likely in Soltisyk’s case, the question isn’t what substance he’s taking, but more so, what substance he isn’t taking.

19-year-old kid takes on MASSIVE freak opponent - ends shockingly
19-year-old kid takes on MASSIVE freak opponent – ends shockingly

It’s just about impossible to get that big without taking anything and he would fail Jeff Novitzky’s (head of UFC’s anti-doping program) smell test more than a mile away I’d reckon.

An interesting tidbit is that it would actually be the 19-year-old Sidelnikov who would pop for steroids later in his career but I digress.

Soltisyk comes at his much younger and smaller opponent guns a blazing, throwing a lot of heat and aggression his way, but, much like his training partner Fedor, Sidelnikov keeps his cool and waits for his perfect moment to strike.

Check out the video below to see how this one ends.

Kirill Yurievich Sidelnikov (Russian: Кирилл Юрьевич Сидельников) born August 17, 1988, is a Russian professional mixed martial artist and grappler, fighting out of Stary Oskol, the same hometown as Fedor Emelianenko with whom he is a training partner. He fights for Fight Nights Global. Kirill has also been involved in combat sambo competitions, and in the Russian championships of 2009, he advanced to the semifinals, while in 2010 he advanced to the finals. Despite his progress in the finals, he was defeated by training partner Aleksander Emelianenko. Sidelnikov has won 3 medals at world combat sambo championships—gold in 2010 and 2012, silver in 2011. On February 27, 2011, he won the Russian Championship in Combat Sambo. [Source: Wiki]

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