AFTER leaving his opponent a bloody mess, Rameau Sokoudjou had a stern warning for reigning AFC light heavyweight champion Jamie Abdallah: “I’m coming for you”.
In one of the most brutal finishes in AFC history, Sokoudjou hospitalised Brazilian Marcelo Tenorio with devastating ground and pound.
He inflicted a deep, two-inch, cut on the head of the veteran, forcing an immediate stoppage from the referee 1 min and 26 seconds into the first round.
With the blood gashing onto the canvas, the much-hyped fight between Abdallah and Sokoudjou was set in stone.
And after being confronted by Abdallah in the post-fight interview, in which the Melburnian vowed to defend his belt against the explosive Cameroon veteran, Sokoudjou didn’t mince his words after the AFC 18 main event.
“He’s been talking trash so I’m going to beat him up,” Sokoudjou said, responding to Abdallah’s claims that that the Cameroon star was the biggest fighter on his list.
“I’ve got to take a trip to Australia and beat his a—. He claims he’s big, so I’m going to come to his house and beat him up.”
Asked if he’d prefer to travel to Australia to fight Abdallah, Sokoudjou replied: “Australia is the place”.
“I’m coming for you, Jamie.”
The first of a string of vicious elbows did the damage to Tenorio, who had no answer to Sokoudjou’s strength.
“From my angle of view he had his hands up,” he said.
“I went to use my elbows and somehow he ate one.”
Sokoudjou then reigned down on Tenorio, landing up to six powerful punches before the referee quickly intervened.
“I was just in the moment and I was throwing those elbows,” Sokoudjou said.
He had made his name in the biggest promotions in the world — Pride, UFC, Bellator, Strikeforce, WEC, Affliction and Dream — and he ranked the performance as one of the best in his career.
It wasn’t without a hint of controversy, with the “African Assasin” failing to make weight.
“I was told I had 800 grams to lose and I thought I was on point, but I missed weight,” he said.
“I thought I was on weight but I was told something different.”
In a historic night as the AFC held its inaugural promotion in China, Noble Park’s Kaan Ofli has “opened doors to the international stage” on the back of his comprehensive win over Japan’s Munehiro Fujita.
Ofli, who trains out of Extreme Fight Centre in Melbourne, appeared a class above as he claimed a second-round win.
“I’m so impressive with my performance,” Ofli said post fight.
“There wasn’t many fights that I could watch of him, and he had an unorthodox style, but I was prepared for it straight off the bat and I felt that I had the reaction advantage.
Ofli extended his win-loss record to 4-2-1 and believes he is fast approaching the bright lights of the best promotions in the world.
“I feel like it does open up doors and if I can keep it international I’d like to,” he said.
“I like fighting back home in Australia but my eyes on the international stage.”
Mikey Vaotuua credited his successful stable of Sydney coaches for his impressive win over China’s Zhao Yufei.
After dominating the opening round with a series of strikes, Vaotuua had to endure a series of eye pokes as he clinched his fourth win in the AFC.
Yufei was deducted a point for the third eye poke, which forced Vaotuua to seek treatment from the doctor.
But the ever-improving Lions High Performance Centre prodigy was unnerved, using a bullocking takedown to eventually sink the hooks around Yufei’s neck and win via rear-naked choke.
“It was my first fight in China and I came to put on a show,” Vaotuua said, in front of UFC light heavyweight sensation Tyson Pedro and renowned coach Shaun Sullivan, who were in his corner.
“My coaches were saying to me during the fight, ‘Mikey, calm down’ and it showed … I got the submission.
“Credit to Tyson and Sully for being there, I love fighting on the AFC. I’ve got my teammates in the UFC and it’s a massive push for me.
“I’m just trying to fight my fight and get those wins and the UFC will come.”
Vaotuua, who is the longest-serving fighter in AFC history, improved his record to 5-6 after a shaky start and is beginning to climb the rankings in the division.
“I’ve had four wins in my last five fights,” Vaotuua said.
“My last year and a half has been the best of my career.”
In an entertaining grappling battle that had the raucous Chinese crowd chanting, local hope Xiao Long prevailed via unanimous decision over Australian Chris Wase.
Long was superior on the feet, but Wase almost pulled off an incredible submission win with a tight triangle.
But it wasn’t to be for Wase, losing grip in the dying seconds of the final round.
Finland’s Glenn Sparv, who was originally scrapped from the card after failing to make weight, won in brutal fashion.
Sparv disposed of Japan’s Yuki Sasaki with vicious ground and pound inside a minute, with the referee stopping the bout as Sasaki’s corner threw in the towel.
Kyrgstan’s Ruslan uulu Emilbek proved too strong for Melbourne’s Amin Yaqubi, securing a TKO victory in the opening round.
Iran’s Masoumeh Toghan collected a narrow win over China’s Zhou Lin.
Toghan overcame an illegal blow to the head in the first round, with Lin deducted a point.
Originally published as Video: Brutal, bloody stoppage
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