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No Russians in UFC in Five Years?

It may be hard to believe, but there doesn't seem to have been a fighter signed from Russia since Ansar Chalangov's brief UFC stint in 2005-2006, when he fought Thiago Alves and Josh Koscheck,...

Scouting Report Update: Weekend Results - April 21st-23rd, 2011 Last week it was #7 Middleweight...

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Scouting Report Update: Weekend Results - April 21st-23rd, 2011 Last week it was #7 Middleweight Jordan Smith (pictured, GIF after the jump) getting crushed in 11 seconds at the hands of UFC and WEC veteran Tim McKenzie. This week it was #7 Heavyweight Vitaly Minakov coming up with an emphatic early finish, stopping Spaniard Juan Espino in only 9 seconds to lead Scouting Report alumni to a perfect 3-0 result for the weekend. #5 Bantamweight John Lineker also impressed in his victory over Renato Velame, making his case for inclusion in a Jungle Fight title bout should promoter Wallid Ismail choose to inaugurate a 135lb Championship. Full Results: League S-70: Sambo 70 vs. Spain - Moscow, Russia Vitaly Minakov (5-0) [#7 HW] def. Juan Espino (1-2) via TKO (Punches) R1 0:09 Vyacheslav Vasilevsky (13-1) [#4 MW] def. Enoc Solves (8-4) via Decision (Unanimous) R3 5:00 Jungle Fight 27 - Brasilia, Brazil John Lineker (16-5) [#5 BW] def. Renato Velame (11-4) via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) R1 2:58 Scouting Report Weekend Results - April 15th-17th Fronted by Leland Roling

Heavyweight Scouting Report: #7 - Vitaly Minakov

Russia has a storied history of producing great heavyweight talent, most notably Fedor Emelianenko, Alexsander Emelianenko, and Sergei Kharitonov. While Fedor was obviously a kingpin at the top of the worldwide division for roughly a decade, time and the progressing skills of other top-flight talents are now obstacles in the way of his continued dominance.

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