Commentary

Khalidov makes short work of Lindland

Originally Published: May 23, 2011
By Josh Gross | ESPN.com

KhalidovJumana Totongi for Sherdog.com Backed down: Matt Lindland, bottom, found himself in a compromised position from the first bell.

During the last "quiet" weekend before MMA in North America flexes its muscles in what should be a wild few months, the sport drew interest in locales from Poland to Louisiana to London.

Fighters and promoters delivered just about everything fans have come to love about MMA; you just had to scour the Internet to find some of this stuff. From young to old, novice to veteran, prospect to journeyman, distractions and great performances were mixed with dismal ones -- sometimes all in the same fight.

Graded here from A to F, fighters familiar with life outside the cozy Zuffa confines:

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