A Russian and a Brazilian to decide one-million payout in Abu Dhabi

Michel Maia (left) won via rear-naked choke. Photo: Regis Rodrigues.

Marcão Oliveira (Brazil) and Shamil Abdurahimov (Russia) are the two who made it through to the final of the openweight final of the ADFC, an MMA event in Abu Dhabi paying out one million dirhams to the champion. The grand finale is set for January 2011.

This Friday, Marcos secured his spot in the decider after taking a unanimous-decision win over England’s Neil Wain. Now Shamil upped his stock by dispatching former UFC and Pride FC star Rameau Sokoudjou in the third round.

Marcão, in photo from personal archives.

The event provided further proof that Abu Dhabi is the land where the unbelievable comes true. At ADFC 2, a local MMA event, France’s Fernand Lopez, for example, in the ring sang the top-of-the-charts (in Brazil) rap “Rap das Armas,” after overcoming Italy’s Matteo Piran.

Check out the complete results, here on

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
October 22, 2010

Ali Mohamad (UAE) defeated Luciano “Mutanthi ”Ferreira (Brazil) via split decision

Michel Maia (Brazil) submitted Mohamad Mansouri (Iran) via rear-naked choke at 4:35 min of R1

Fernand Lopez (France) defeated Matteo Piran (Italy) via referee intervention

Felipe Enomoto (Sweden) defeated Maiki Reiter (Brazil) via split decision

Hassan el Humaiti (UAE) defeated Paolo Lamberto (Italy) via unanimous decision

Jake Short (USA) submitted Abdalla Hamdan (Lebanon) via arm-and-neck choke in R2

Malik Omarov (Russia) defeated Jules Willik (United Kingdon) via knockout in R1

Ed Smith (United Kingdom) submitted Rafat Shawe (Iraq) via guillotine in R2

Vaughn Anderson (Canada) defeated Bhupest Kamble (India) via tapout in R1

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