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Weekend Winners: Ben Edwards, Sanny Dahlbeck, Suleiman Magomedov, Errol Koning

  • Written by Rian Scalia

Aside from having a huge GLORY 5 London card this weekend, there were a lot of other events taking place around the world featuring some notable fighters.

Capital Punishment 7 went down on March 23 in Canberra, Australia and featured the fourth fight between Ben Edwards and Paul Slowinski. Previously, Slowinski held a 2-1 lead in the series heading into the fight. This time it was Edwards who picked up a hard fought decision win to even the score at two wins a piece. Edwards dropped Slowinski in the first round and controlled the second round, but Slowinski wasn't done and came back in the third round and even managed to hurt Edwards with some low kicks. However, it was too late and Edwards had done more than enough in the first two rounds to take the fight.

Heroes Fighting Championship held it's first show in Sweden, also on March 23. The main event featured last year's breakout GLORY fighter Sanny Dahlbeck, who returned to Muay Thai against Mauro Serra of Italy. Dahlbeck got his first win of the year and took a decision.

On Friday, March 22 in Russia, some of the region's top fighters were fighting in Rostov-on-Don at R-1. Dmitry Shakuta moved up in weight to 86kg and took on the fast rising Suleiman Magomedov, who had just fought two weeks prior, beating Halim Chibani in Monte Carlo. From the onset, just like most Shakuta fights, he was a very tricky opponent for Magomedov and the fight played out similarly to Shakuta's fight with Alexander Oleinik at the Tatneft Cup 2011 Finals. The fight went all five rounds but the rounds were only two minutes each. In the end it was a close fight where nothing significant really happened, but Magomedov got the decision win.

Also on the card in Rostov-on-Don was a pretty big upset as Errol Koning avenged a loss to Alexander Stetsurenko, who is currently ranked by GLORY as the promotion's #1 77kg fighter. The first fight between these two took place last year at the Tatneft Cup and Stetsurenko delivered a beating to Koning. This time around Koning got himself a split decision win.

In Thailand on the 23rd, Cheick Sidibe continued to roll, as he stopped Brazil's Marcelo Tenorio in the second round.

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