On the May 20th, RINGS Russia event was be held at the Ekaterinburg sports palace, Russia. All matches were held under "King of Kings" tournament rules. (5min x 2 and an extra round.)
Hasdell and Ilyoukline square off
SFUK spoke to Lee Hadell shortly after the event. Lee lost by a points decision to Mikhail Ilyoukline after an extra round. The match was close although Lee thought he had dominated both regular rounds, the fight was given to the local favourite.
Hasdell blasts Ilyoukline
In the first round Hasdell was dominating with strikes. Ilyoukline appeared to be in trouble. Then the bell went early, "it rang about three minutes into a five minute round. I thought I'd won it, my corner thought I'd won it, we didn't understand what was going on.....then the bell went for round two."
"Mikail tried to submit me with his famous archilles lock, but I wouldn't tap. I don't know why, but I've got very strong archilles tendons. I just smiled back at the audience"
Again Lee dominated the round, this time much of it on the ground, and again he thought he'd won it.
In Extra time, Ilyoukline went all out for submissions but Hasdell got out of them until the Russian managed to get the mount and ground and pound. Points decision to Mikhail.
"Although I lost I'm quite happy, Mikhail's a really tough fighter, he beat Vovchanchin and Randy Couture, but he couldn't beat me standing up and he couldn't tap me"
Rumour has it that because of his fine showing Lee Hasdell has been approached by WEF to fight a BIG NAME. More news as soon as we get it!
Ilyoukline shoots into Hasdell's guillotine
Here we go
1. Iouri Bekichev (RINGS Russia) def. Christopher Haseman (RINGS Australia) by KO at 1R 2:30
2. Borislav Jeliazkov (RINGS Bulgaria) def. Igor Perminov (Russia) by KO at 1R 1:15
3. Grom Zaza (RINGS Georgia) defeated Travis Fulton (USA) by Achilles lock at 1R 1:20
4. Labazanov Arhmed (RINGS Russia) def. Valentijn Overeem (RINGS Holland) by Achilles lock at 1R 3:50
5. Renato Babalu (Brazil) def. Jacob Zobnin (Russia) by rear choke at 1R 3:20
6. Ilyoukline Mikhail (RINGS Russia) def. Lee Hasdell (RINGS UK) by decision at extra round.
7. Tom Sauer (USA) def. Alexander Bezroutchkin (Russia) by rear choke at 1R 3:30
8. Volk Han (RINGS Russia) def. Yasuhito Namekawa (RINGS Japan) by decision at extra round.
9. Iouri Kotchkine (RINGS Russia) def. Allister Overeem (RINGS Holland) by decision at 2R
10.Andrei Kopylov (RINGS Russia) def. Carlos Clayton(Brazil) by armbar at 1R 0:55
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