This past weekend’s Legend 3 was the promotion’s first venture outside of its homeland, Russia. And it proved to be a successful one, as the event showcased an extravagant seven-bout fight card with a fashion-themed bill in front of a capacity crowd of 10,000 at the Mediolanum Forum situated in Milan, Italy.
In the main event, Murthel Groenhart stirred pandemonium in the arena after finishing off Dzhabar Askerov impressively via knockout in the first stanza.
It wasn’t, however, all Jekyll and no Hyde for the Dutch-Surinamese fighter. The 2012 K-1 Max champ was fortunate not to be counted by referee Atsushi Onari in the early goings, after succumbing to knockdown courtesy of a left hook by Askerov.
But he showed the knockdown was a quick one as he sent Askerov tumbling onto the canvas with a hard right hand soon after, and made matters worst for his counterpart by following the barrage up with a jumping knee. Askerov gamely beat the count but was badly hurt, allowing Groenhart to mercilessly apply a fight-ending three punch combination for an impeccable finish at the 2:17 mark.
Elsewhere on the card, two-time K-1 Max champ Andy Souwer proved once again why he was still one of the undisputed kings of the 70kg division, as he got the better of rising star Yuri ‘The Prince’ Bessmertny for a lopsided Unanimous Decision victory.
Holland’s Souwer showed the benefits of a new diet and a fresh focus, keeping the younger Belarusian fighter under pressure whilst delivering his trademark tight punch combinations and occasional solid low kicks. Souwer took the first two rounds by staying on the front foot, but Bessmertny has a strong finish in the last.
Legend Heavyweight champ Pavel Zhuravlev registered a Split Decision win over late replacement Michal Turynski, but it wasn’t as easy as he thought it’d be. Although Turynski stepped in on two days’ notice, the Pole showed he meant business after he sent Zhuravlev stumbling from a counter right knee early in the first round. Zhuravlev, however, had the odd impressive bursts from time to time, where he dished out a left hook to the body followed by a left high kick. The judges’ scorecards were fairly justified in the end, with Zhuravlev forced to work for a victory in this one.
Sheer power overcame reach in this tussle as former UFC and Strikeforce veteran Paul Daley exploded with his prime weapon, the left hook, to stop the lengthy Russian, Alexander Surjko, in the third round of a compelling 77kg contest.
Daley had a hard time getting past Surjko’s long limbs in the first frame and had to stay content with stinging jabs from his opponent. But the Brit began to ram in some hard shots as the fight went on, ridiculing the odds of an extra round as he put Surjko down twice in the third frame before referee Joop Ubeda saved the badly rocked Moscow fighter from further punishment at the 2:25 mark.
Check out the rest of the results below:
- Murthel Groenhart def. Dzhabar Askerov via KO in Round 1
- Pavel Zhuravlev def. Michal Turynski via Split Decision
- Andy Souwer def. Yuri Bessmertny via Unanimous Decision
- Paul Daley def. Alexander Surjko via TKO in Round 3
- Enriko Gogokhia def. Alessandro Campagna via KO in Round 1
- Sitthichai Sitsonpeenong def. Mohamed Khamal via Unanimous Decision
- Alim Nabiev def. Armen Petrosyan via Unanimous Decision