Last night, Fight Nights Global returned for its Fight Nights Global 77 card which took place in Energetik Sports Palace in Surgut, Khanty-Mansi, Russia as former UFC light-heavyweight Nikita Krylov would star in the main event against Bellator veteran Emanuel Newton.
There was action throughout the night but it was Krylov who took centre stage as he ran through Newton in under one minute to take his record to 2-0 since parting ways with the UFC.
From the first bell, Krylov took the centre of the ring as he looked to land multiple kicks. It was a body kick which started a flurry of strikes that left Newton scrambling.
This proved to be the beginning of the end for the former Bellator light-heavyweight champion who found himself with nowhere to go. After taking a number of strikes Newton found himself on the receiving end of a crushing knee to the head which proved to be the final blow sending him to the canvas.
“The Miner” has now finished all of his opponents inside the distance in all 22 of his victories.
Elsewhere on the card there was a number of ‘fight of the night’ contenders with four first round stoppages, one coming by way of TKO and three via submission.
Nikolai Danilov secured the only other TKO stoppage of the night and needed less than one round to do so. In a bout where both men looked to pick their shots, hoping to land with a big right hand, it was Danilov who proved to be too much for his opponent Rashid Sirazhudinov.
He struggled to deal with the power of Danilov when he pressed forward and this was evident when he got the finish.
After being on the receiving end of some heavy strikes and uppercuts, Sirazhudinov looked happy to tuck his arms in and look for the big right overhand; the pressure proved to be too much however as Danilov charged forward once more. This time throwing three right hooks, two of which landed flush on his opponent’s chin sending him crashing to the canvas before following up with some ground and pound to get the finish.
The finish of the night however has to go to lightweight Daniil Erlikh who showed high quality grappling and submission skills which left his opponent Alibek Khabibulaev
It was after a tentative opening minute we really got to see the skills that Erlikh possess. The moment his kick was caught by his opponent he found himself on his back but instantly looked to and successfully swchfor a head and triangle lock. Khabibulaev tried his best to shake him off picking him up and pressing him against the cage before slamming him down in the mat.
This would prove the end for him however as immediately Erlikh seized the opportunity pulling down on his head to lock in the head and triangle choke.
Only moments later Khabibulaev went limp leaving the ref no choice but to step in and call the fight. Erlikh remains undefeated taking his record to 3-0, all by way of stoppage.