MMA Viking is live in Helsinki for Cage 50. The card is headlined by Finn Edward Walls (9-5) taking on rising Estonian prospect Sten Saarmäe (6-1-0). The card will be co-headlined by the undefeated Finnish fighter Jesse Urholin (5-0-0) taking on Dante Schiro (6-1-0). Cage 50 will be broadcast live on Viaplay, beginning at 1700 CET/1800 EET. Get all your live updates and play-by-play right here on MMA Viking.
Chamia Chabbi (2-1) vs. Naomi Tataroglu (1-2-0)
Round one begins with a feeling out process by both fighters with Chabbi taking the center of the cage. The first strike of substance lands, a leg kick by Tataroglu, who continues to circle. Chabbi throws a right hand, which lands, and Tataroglu continues to circle, throwing winging punches from the outside. Chabbi gets tagged with a right hand, then backed up with a blitz, but returns fire with a shot of her own. A hard spinning back fist from Tataroglu lands on Chabbi followed by a right hand, and a thudding leg kick ends the round for Tataroglu.
Chabbi takes the center of the cage early, and eats a right hand. Tataroglu is finding her range with some hard leg kicks. A right hand missed for Tataroglu, but she hits with a hard body kick. Chabbi blitzes forward with a right hand, but eats a hard leg kick shortly after that leaves her visibly hurt. She’s backed up eating shots, but recovers, and begins to check the kicks. Her legs are visibly battered, however. Another hard leg kick from Tataroglu puts Chabbi to the mat, and the referee steps in to call the fight.
Naomi Tataroglu is declared the winner by way of TKO (leg kicks) at 3:48 of Round 2.
Tuomas Grönvall (5-2-1) vs. Artemij Sitenkov (15-16-0)
Grönvall shoots early, setting it up with a winging left that’s largely for show. He manages to secure the takedown with Sitenkov against the cage. Grönvall begins to apply a bit of offence from the top with elbows to the thigh of Sitenkov, and Sitenkov deploys a rubber guard while the Finn pounds his body with punches from his uninhibited left hand. The Finn postures, freeing both arms, but only narrowly avoids an armbar setup before liberally applying crushing ground and pound, complete with brutal elbows. The round ends with the Finn on top, throwing heavy shots.
As the second stanza opens, Grönvall once more secures an early takedown against the cage – slamming Sitenkov down, and securing himself the top position in the half guard equation. Despite Grönvall’s superior positioning, Sitenkov largely manages to control the Finn’s posture initially, and Grönvall is returned to the Lithuanian’s guard. Grönvall begins pouring on ground and pound once more, and briefly finds himself in danger of an armbar or triangle, but moves smoothly past the position to take the back of Sitenkov, bring him to the ground, and rain down hard elbows from side control before eventually losing the position. As the buzzer sounds, Grönvall sits within the open guard of Sitenkov, once more firing off with his ground and pound.
In the final round of the bout, Grönvall secures a single leg as his entry of choice, taking the Lithuanian to the mat once more. Grönvall briefly finds himself in a dangerous spot as Sitenkov locks in a choke, but Grönvall remains composed, works his way out, and controls the Lithuanian from the top. As the fight went, so does the round end – with Grönvall atop Sitenkov, winging hard shots as the buzzer sounds.
After 3 rounds, Tuomas Grönvall is declared the winner by way of unanimous decision.
Patrik Kapanen (4-4-0) vs. David Jacobsson (5-2-0)
Kapanen opens with an early leg kick, and Jacobsson returns fire with one of the same before landing a body kick and a hard right hand. The Finn pushes him to the cage, and lands a few knees to the thigh, but Jacobsson is able to take him down, sink in a triangle choke, and secure the tap early.
David Jacobsson is declared winner by way of submission (inverted triangle) at 2:22 seconds of round 1.
Markus Rytöhonka (6-3-1) vs. Robert Nyström (4-4-0)
Rytöhonka opens with a high kick, then proceeds to smash the Swede to the mat. Nyström threatens with a choke, and Rytöhonka rolls out. The Swede briefly gains the upper hand, but Rytöhonka is relentless in his defense, and winds up on top. His positional victory is short lived, however, as Nyström once more threatens with a choke, escaping to his feet. Rytöhonka takes him down once again, and finally settles into the top position to drop some ground and pound from half guard. Nyström struggles to his feet, eating big shots against the cage, but digs deep to take the Finn down. Nyström sinks in a deep choke, but Rytöhonka escapes, only to find himself fighting off a rear naked choke attempt. The round ends with the Swede controlling the Finn’s back, and threatening with the rear naked choke.
As the second stanza opens, Rytöhonka blazes forward with punches to set up a takedown, and secures it, slamming Nyström to the mat. Nyström struggles to his feet, and threatens with a guillotine choke, but releases it in order to improve position. Nyström holds Rytöhonka to the cage, but the Finn takes him down, and begins to apply elbows to the Swede’s forehead. Nyström wall walks to his feet, but Rytöhonka hits him with a big shot for his troubles, and grounds the Swedish fighter briefly, before finding himself reversed, with the Swede controlling his back, and looking for a choke. Rytöhonka scrambles, winding up in top position, but the Swede struggles to his feet, trips the Finn, takes his back, and ends the round raining down ground and pound before threatening with a rear naked choke once more.
Nyström takes the center early, and attempts a kick, which is caught by Rytöhonka, who throws the Swede to the mat at the center of the cage. A hard right elbow lands for Rytöhonka. And another. The Swede begins to shrimp his way to the cage, wall walks, and reverses position, searching for a takedown of his own. Nyström’s hands are locked, he elevates the Finn, then drops him to the mat, but Rytöhonka springs back to his feet. He’s dragged down once more, and the Swede threatens a front choke, but Rytöhonka struggles to his feet, and lands a takedown of his own. Nyström bears a pained expresson as he struggles to his feet, and Rytöhonka, the relentless Finn, takes him down once more, and begins pouring on the ground and pound. Rytöhonka attempts a rear naked choke after Nyström gives up his back, but Nyström struggles out, and regains the top position to finish the round.
After three hard-fought rounds, your winner by way of unanimous decision is Markus Rytöhonka.
Toni Lampinen (6-3-0) vs. Sebastian Santana (7-1-1)
Lampinen begins with a hard left hand to the body of the Spaniard. In return, Santana tags the Finn with a kick to the body. An errant push kick from the Spaniard lands low, but Lampinen shrugs it off. Lampinen eats another hard kick to the body, but lands a left hook and a solid leg kick of his own. Santana with another kick to the body, and Lampinen goes back to the well with the left hook-low kick combo. The two clinch, with Lampinen on the outside, but he’s reversed briefly. Lampinen reverses, and pins Santana to the cage. An elbow lands from Santana, and the two break, but Lampinen is exhibiting the forward pressure. A low kick lands for the Finn, then he eats a low kick from the Spaniard. A 1-2 comes up short for the Spaniard, and he eats a low kick from the Finn. And another. The Finn blasts in with an overhand right, then the two exchange leg kicks. Lampinen lands a right hand to the body to finish the round.
As the second period kicks off, the two fighters trade jabs. Santana is probing with the teep, and eats a hard low kick for his trouble. And another, which stumbles the Spaniard. A hard kick to the calf lands for Santana, and Lampinen returns fire with one of his own, but he eats a head kick which stumbles him, despite his smile and thumbs up to his Spanish foe. Another calf-kick lands for the Finn. Lampinen is now on the outside, circling, and playing the Matador as he makes Santana miss, then tags him with a grazing left hand. A hard kick lands for Santana, and Lampinen throws a left hook, right straight, but eats hard return shots, and finds himself covering up. Lampinen weathers the blitz from Santana, and clinches up, forcing the Spanish fighter to the cage. The two break, and Lampinen lands a solid left hand, but eats a low kick. Another step-away left hook lands for the Finn. Santana scores with a solid kick to the body. Now Lampinen is moving forward and lands with his right hand, then looks to score with a step in kick or knee. The buzzer sounds with Santana pressured against the cage.
The final round begins with a touch of gloves, and the first strike is a low kick from Santana. Two right hands land for the Spaniard, followed by a low kick. Lampinen lands a kick, and Santana returns fire. Two uppercuts land for Santana as he clinches and pushes forward. Santana now goes low for the single leg, and secures a takedown. The Spaniard attempts ground and pound, but Lampinen escapes to his feet, and sinks in a guillotine choke when Santana attempts to re-engage. It’s tight. Lampinen is cranking on Santana’s neck, and a frantic tap comes seconds later. Lampinen finishes late, but strong.
Toni Lampinen is declared winner by way of submission (guillotine choke) at 2:15 of round 3.
Janne “Jamba” Elonen-Kulmala (15-8-1) vs. Kostadin Enev (12-6-0)
As the bout begins, Enev opens with a leg kick. Another. Then Jamba blasts him with a left hand and shoots for a takedown, but finds himself in a tight standing guillotine with Enev elevated against the cage. Jamba slams him, but is still caught in the choke. Jamba appears to have room to breathe, and he uncorks some ferocious shots, which get the Bulgarian to let go. Jamba gets to his feet, and lands knees from the clinch, before shooting for another takedown with lightning speed. Jamba secures the takedown, avoiding another choke, and uncorking hard ground and pound from the top. Enev scrambles, but finds himself mounted with the Finn laying down hard shots to the body. Enev gives up his back, and finds himself defending a rear naked choke, which Jamba transitions into an armbar attempt. Jamba ends the round threatening the submission.
The second round begins, and Jamba uncorks a shot, then throws the Bulgarian to the mat. The two scramble, and Jamba attacks with a knee that lands to the head of Enev, who appears to have been a grounded opponent. The ringside physician steps in to check out the Bulgarian fighter at the referee’s (Lassi Minkkinen) direction. Enev says he is unable to continue, and the fight is called off.
This bout is ruled a No Contest due to Accidental Foul.
Olli Santalahti (10-4-0) vs. Flavio Pina de Sousa (21-7-0)
As the bout begins Santalahti and De Sousa look to establish their range with jabs. De Sousa swings wild and misses Santalahti, but hits him with a hard leg kick.
De Sousa looks to clip Santalahti, who immediately pulls De Sousa into his guard, and locks on a knee bar. De Sousa appears to be in agony as he taps.
Olli Santalahti is declared winner by way of submission (knee bar) at 1:10 of the very first round.
Jesse Urholin (5-0-0) vs. Dante Schiro (6-1-0)
The bout begins and Urholin uncorks a leg kick early. A jab helps Urholin enter on his takedown attempt, and he takes the back of the American, pressing him into the cage in search of the completion. Urholin takes Schiro down, but Schiro has an arm lock attempt. Schiro transitions to an armbar attempt, but Urholin escapes, ending up in Schiro’s guard. The Finn uncorks heavy shots from the top, and Schiro is looking for a kimura. With Urholin unwilling to give it up, the two jostle for position, and Urholin takes the American’s back in the center of the cage with plenty of time to work. With one minute remaining, Urholin begins uncorking brutal shots, then searches for the rear naked choke. Schiro, however, appears plenty savvy on the ground as he defends, running out the timer.
Urholin begins the second round with a combination of hands that end with a low kick. He follows up, pressuring Schiro to the cage, and searching for a single leg. Schiro, however, gives him the takedown in order to attempt a guillotine choke. Urholin defends, but Schiro struggles to his feet. Urholin pressures him to the cage, but Schiro manages to end up on top as the two scramble. Schiro takes Urholin’s back, and rains down a few hard shots, including several powerful elbows. This lights a fire in the Finn, who struggles to his feet, pressuring for another takedown, which he secures. Schiro immediately struggles back to his feet, but Urholin ends the round pressuring the American against the cage.
The final round begins, and once more Urholin is pressuring forward. He eats consecutive jab-hook combos from Schiro, then fires back with two solid leg kicks of his own.
Left hook-leg kick combos and for the Finn, one after another. Urholin rocks Schiro’s head back with a stiff jab, and continues to walk him down. Urholin checks a kick from Schiro, and fires back with one of his own, but Schiro shoots, elevates Urholin’s hips and tries to dump him to no avail. Urholin reverses him against the cage and searches for a takedown. Schiro reverses the position after a period of struggle, and looks for a single leg. Urholin denies him, then forces the American to the cage. Schiro turns the corner, then takes Urholin’s back briefly. The two end the final round throwing leather, with Schiro appearing to come away better in the final flurry.
Jesse Urholin is declared the winner by unanimous decision, extending his unbeaten record to 6-0.
Edward Walls (9-4-0) vs. Sten Saaremäe (6-1-0)
The main event begins with a shard head kick for Walls, who appears to have measured the distance more effectively after Saaremäe repeatedly came up short. A hard body kick also lands for the Finn, and Saaremäe returns fire with a leg kick. A powerful spinning back kick lands for Walls, and Saaremäe attempts the same to little avail. A low kick lands for Walls, and he tags the Estonian, who kicks the leg of the Finn, but has his kick caught.
Walls cracks Saaremäe with a hard shot upstairs. A front kick lands for the Estonian, but Walls catches him with a shot and puts him on his back. Walls lays into Saaremäe with a few hard elbows from the top, but the Estonian fighter manages to regain his feet, and pressures the Finn to the cage, where the round ends.
The second round begins, and Saaremäe catches Walls early with a hard right hand and kick to the body. A second right hand puts the Finn on the mat – hurt. Walls struggles to his feet and attempts to take down Saaremäe and recover. Saaremäe is able to shuck him off, and hits the Finn with knees and uppercuts. Saaremäe lands with a leg kick. The Estonian fighter attempts a body kick, but Walls catches it and drags him to the mat, earning him a much needed respite from Saaremäe’s striking onslaught.
Saaremäe latches onto an arm, and begins to work for an armbar with one minute remaining. Walls escapes, and lands hard shots from the top, finishing the round in Saaremäe’s guard.
The final round of the evening begins, and Saaremäe scores with a hard leg kick. A hard jab lands for Walls, and Saaremäe returns with a leg kick. Walls dives for a takedown, pressuring the Estonian to the cage. Walls completes his takedown after a struggle, and attempts to pass into mount – which he does successfully. Saaremäe, however, is not willing to stay in that spot, and manages to escape. The Estonian searches for his own takedown, forcing the Finn’s back to the cage. Saaremäe begins firing off knees to the thigh of Walls, and with one minute remaining, takes the back of the Finn off a failed trip attempt. Walls is standing, bent over, with Saaremäe on his back. As he attempts to shake him loose, the bout is called to an end by the buzzer.
Edward Walls is declared the victor by Majority Decision.