With the sold-out success of Bodog Fight: Clash of the Nations, a return to Russia was inevitable for Calvin Ayre’s hard-hitting mixed martial arts promotion. Following last April’s incredible live event at the ICE Palace in St. Petersburg, Bodog Fight presents Bodog Fight: Russia vs. USA Friday, November 30 at the MegaSport Ice Arena in Moscow.
While Bodog Fight: Clash of the Nations marked the historic homecoming of Russian Red Devil teammates Fedor and Aleks Emelianenko, Bodog Fight Russia vs. USA features the remarkable return of legendary Russian fighter, Oleg Taktarov.
It’s been nearly ten years since “The Russian Bear” last fought in competitive MMA, although the fighter-turned-actor did go five rounds with Dolph Lundgren (who played Ivan Drago in “Rocky IV”) for a celebrity boxing show in Russia this past summer.
Now, the former KGB martial arts instructor, who has fought Dan Severn, Ken Shamrock, Renzo Gracie and David “Tank” Abbott among others, wants to make his MMA comeback on home soil.
The 38-year-old Taktarov (14-5-2) will fight 37-year-old John Marsh (7-6), whose biggest win came against Wesley “Cabbage” Correira in May 2004.”I’ve been training with some sambo guys in New York,” says Taktarov.
“I’m trying to refresh my memory and practice my old tricks with proper resistance. I feel good right now, like I did when I was in my prime. I’ve never taken drugs or steroids and my body is in great shape. I am looking forward to this fight and am very thankful to Bodog Fight for this opportunity.”
The fight card is as follows:
FIGHT #1: Alexander Kokoev vs Sultan Tikhaev, (Middleweight)
FIGHT #2: Ivan Anikanov vs Besiki Gerenava (Light Heavyweight)
FIGHT #3: Stanislav Shushko vs Telman Shariphov (Heavyweight)
FIGHT #4: James Binky Jones vs Vladimir Zenin (Lightweight)
FIGHT #5: Dan Evensen vs Konstantine Gluhov (Heavyweight)
FIGHT #6: Jessica Aguilar vs Julia Berezekova (Women’s 125lb)
FIGHT #7: Eric Pele vs Akhmet Sultanov (Heavyweight)
FIGHT #8: Zulu vs Vladimir Kuchenko (Heavyweight)
FIGHT #9: Diego Visotzky vs Alexander Shlemenko (Middleweight)
FIGHT #10: Emyr Bussade vs Andrei Semenov (Middleweight)
FIGHT #11: John Marsh vs Oleg Taktarov (Heavyweight)
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