Mamed Khalidov continues to establish himself as one of the top middleweights outside of the UFC or Strikeforce after submitting Matt Lindland with a first-round guillotine choke at KSW 16 in Poland on Saturday.
Khalidov, who was the last person to defeat current UFC middleweight Jorge Santiago, showed a strong performance in his home country, and overwhelmed the veteran with superior work throughout the fight.
After putting Lindland in the unfamiliar position of being on his back, Khalidov opened up his offense, looking to reign down strikes on the former Olympian.
The fighters worked their way back to their feet, and Khalidov took the opportunity to slap on a guillotine choke and pulled guard. Within moments, Lindland was asleep and Khalidov was once again a winner, his third in a row overall.
Khalidov looks like a prime prospect to fight in the United States at some point in 2011, but it just depends on which promotion steps up and signs him first. As for Matt Lindland, he dropped his second fight in a row and has gone 2-5 in his last seven fights.
Former Pride and Cage Rage heavyweight James Thompson took full advantage of strong man Mariusz Pudzianowski lacking a gas tank, taking the fight to him in the second round and putting him away with an arm triangle.
Thompson, who is usually a victim of his own over aggressiveness, fought a close first round with Pudzianowski before taking advantage of his opponent’s cardio, putting him down and out in the second round.
The win stops Thompson’s three-fight skid and gets him back on track, while Pudzianowski drops to 3-2 overall since making his move into MMA.
FULL RESULTS FOR KSW 16:
-Mamed Khalidov def. Matt Lindland by submission (guillotine choke), R1
-James Thompson def. Mariusz Pudzianowski by submission (arm triangle), R2
-Jan Blachowicz def. Toni Valtonen by submission (rear naked choke), R2
-Michal Materla def. James Zikic by unanimous decision
-Artur Sowinksi def. Cengiz Dana by unanimous decision
-Attila Vegh def. Grigor Aschugbabjan by TKO (strikes), R2
-Marcin Rozalski def. Sergey Shemetov by TKO (doctor’s stoppage due to injury), R1