A fighter, a real strong fighter should always look dignified and calm and I believe that any expression of aggression is an expression of weakness. A strong person will not be nervous and will not express aggression towards his opponent. He will be confident in his abilities and his training, then he will face the fight calm and balanced.
—  Fedor Emelianenko

The European Sambo Championships attract a record 32 participating nations. Every year, the popularity of both sport sambo and combat sambo is growing and with it there are more and more people and countries getting involved. Sambo is so popular nowadays that it’s surpassed many Olympic events by the number of participants already. We have over 80 federations around the world, more than a lot of the Olympic disciplines. So it’s only a matter of time before it is seriously considered as an Olympic event.

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Marina Mokhnatkina (RUS) vs Rehina Shatrauskaya (BLR)

So the Russian promotion/fight team Fight Nights has this huge event planned for Friday (June 17th) to air on Fight Pass being headlined by all time great Fedor Emelianenko. They’re throwing their biggest and best prospects onto the card hoping to gain them some buzz.

One of the Fight Night team members I didn’t recognize was Marina Mokhnatkina who will be making her pro MMA debut. Turns out she is a 3x sport sambo world champion which is something we haven’t really seen on the women’s side so that’s pretty exciting. She competed at roughly 150lbs in sport sambo, so I’m not sure what her MMA weight class will be. Could be an interesting prospect for those searching for new talent at 135lbs and above.

She’ll be facing a Muay Thai fighter (apparently) in fellow MMA newbie Ekaterina Torbeeva at Fight Nights 50.


There are 4 types of ippon (one full point that gives you the win in a Judo match): by throw, by armlock, by choke and by pin.

If you achieve anyone of this ippons in a Judo match, you are the winner!

Checkout the video from IJF with the great Neil Adams explaining all you need to know about the ways to win a Judo match!


Probably one of my favorite episodes of Fightland.