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M-1 Global Challenge 26 Results: Mairbek Taisumov Blasts Josh Bacallao

Lightweight Mairbek Taisumov knocked out Josh Bacallao at 2:01 of the first round at M-1 Global Challenge 26 in Costa Mesa, California. 

Big John McCarthy is the ref.

Round 1

Taisumov lands a wicked leg kick. He goes for a second and Bacallao lands a take down. Taisumov in guard, firing up kicks. Taisumov fights back to his feet. They're in over-unders. Taisumov with some punches, gets a front headlock take down. Bacallao fights his way back up. They trade punches. Taisumov lands a sharp right hand that drops Bacallao. Follows him down with some vicious ground and pound to get the finish. 

This is Taisumov's 10th straight win. 

Bacallo looked good early, but ate the kind of shot that would finish a middleweight's night. 

Taisumov combines a nasty effective stand up game with considerable wrestling skill. He could very well be challenging for Jose Figueroa's lightweight title in short order.