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|James Thompson's normally fragile jaw somehow stood up to "The World's Strongest Man's" punch.|
GDANSK, Poland -- Although the chorus of Mariusz Pudzianowski's walkout song promised that “you will feel respect,” James Thompson did not take those lyrics to heart, submitting an exhausted Pudzianowski in front of a partisan Ergo Arena crowd at Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki 16.
Tested early on by the immense strength of the Pole, “Colossus” was thrown to the ground before quickly regaining his composure. Later in the first round, Pudzianowski unleashed a flurry on the backpedaling Brit, but he could not find Thompson's chin and inevitably gassed himself out. By the three-minute mark, the former strongman looked exhausted. After Thompson took him to the mat late in the period, Pudzianowski expended what little remained of his stamina while attempting to escape Thompson's mount.
The break between rounds did little to lessen Pudzianowski's fatigue. The Pole was promptly taken down to start the second frame, and Thompson pounded away until he spotted an arm-triangle opportunity. Exactly one year after suffering his first pro loss to Tim Sylvia, the former five-time “World's Strongest Man” tasted MMA defeat for the second time.
“I tried. I failed. I apologize to you,” said the exhausted and dismayed Pudzianowski. “I'm sure I will be disappointed, but I will go forward.”
|Mamed Khalidov's march toward stronger competition and bigger paydays continues.|
In the evening's main event, hometown favorite Mamed Khalidov put UFC veteran Matt Lindland to sleep with an arm-in guillotine early in the first round.
Khalidov never missed a step in the short fight and took it to the American from the get-go. After the fight hit the floor, Lindland missed a leg lock attempt, and the Greco-Roman specialist left his neck exposed while regaining his base. The Pole seized the opportunity, jumping guard and cinching up a tight arm-in guillotine. Lindland struggled briefly, but “The Law” soon lost consciousness, his body falling limp atop his victorious foe.
“This is all muscle memory from the training sessions,” said Khalidov of his extravagant finishing technique. “We're all ready [to fight top opponents] here in KSW, in Poland.”
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