If you were out of the strange loop that is international MMA and Kickboxing you might have missed the fact that in Russia today there was a big Kickboxing and MMA event called LEGEND 2: Invasion. You know, it was the card that was supposed to house Mirko Cro Cop vs. Aleksander Emelianenko until Aleks beat up an old man at a coffee shop. Yeah, that card. Cro Cop ended up fighting a late replacement in Alexey Oleinik whose ground game was simply too much for Cro Cop.
Badr Hari fought former K-1 fighter Alexey Ignashov in a rematch from a few years ago, which saw Badr Hari pretty much dominate the fight with Ignashov not offering much of a fight, but not taking any big shots, either. I’m not sure how to really rate LEGEND 2: Invasion, except for that fact that it happened, featured some solid names, but dragged on for way too long.
1. Tournament Reserve Bout
Agron Preteni (R3 – Dec.) Andrei Stoica
Chingiz Allazov (R3 – Dec.) Warren Stevelmans
Eduard Vartanyan (R3 – Dec.) Florent Betorangal
Zabit Samedov (R3 – Dec.) Melvin Manhoef
Pavel Zhuravlev (R1 – KO) Sahak ‘Hak’ Parparyan
6. Superfight (MMA):
Alexander Yakovlev (R3 – Dec.) Paul Daley
Badr Hari (R3 – Dec.) Alexey Ignashov
8. Tournament Finals:
Pavel Zhuravlev (R2 – TKO) Agron Preteni*
9. Superfight (MMA):
Alexey Oleinik (R1 – Submission) Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic
*Zabit Samedov was pulled from the tournament finals due to a cut.