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First was news of ticket holders being turned away and the gates barred at just after opening time. Journalist Andrew Lu previously tweeted on SFL 2 and went to SFL 3 in Delhi. When he didn't get in, he made direct tweets to Ken Pavia who didn't seem to amenable to his cause. Later, commentator Phil Baroni remarked at how they were still letting people in and that they were thronging the aisles, yet swaths of seats did seem to be empty later in the evening. We were repeatedly informed that the stadium was full at 10,000 but the event wasn't in the round (the configuration blocked one end off) so the actual tally is uncertain. Additionally, the Youtube feed didn't show viewer numbers this time. In any case, there were a LOT of people at the event.
Then there was a lengthy wait for the broadcast to ensue, with very little SFL presence to inform of the delay, which sparked a lot of nasty feedback. But hey, they all stayed and waited. When the broadcast did start, it wasn't with fights but with the founders Raj Kundra and Sanjay Dutt giving props to sponsors, speeches, and checks to charity. If you live in Asia, you understand that most martial art events come with a plethora of pomp and circumstance. Speeches and back-patting are the norm. I've seen thirty sponsors get in a ring to hand a local Muay Thai fighter a trophy just so they can be in the picture. Time and time again I've watched stadiums empty out and refill after the mandatory intermission gab fest of owners and sponsors. So Kundra and Dutt's chatty opening and march to the "O-Zone" is more the norm here, and although it makes for an annoying experience for a westerner, it adds to the culturally garbled kitsch of SFL.
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The discussion threads went wild. Anton Tabuena's Bloody Elbow php post eclipsed SFL 2's with over 800 comments and counting, some of the most entertaining reading you will find complete with gifs. Tapology got over 150 comments.
RESULTS from Tapology
James Thompson defeats Bobby Lashley via Decision, Unanimous 3 Rounds
Joanne Calderwood defeats Lena Ovchynnikova via Decision, Unanimous 3 Rounds
Anup Kumar defeats Chaimangkhon Simma via KO/TKO, Punches 4:55 Round 1 of 3
Kultar Gill defeats Quinton Arendse via KO/TKO, Punches 0:51 Round 1 of 3
Trevor Prangley defeats Baga Agaev via KO/TKO, Punches 2:03 Round 3 of 3, 12:03
Lak Sekhon defeats Vladimir Biandov via KO/TKO, Retirement 5:00 Round 2 of 3, 10:00
Gurdarshan Mangat defeats Liu Si Cong via Submission, Rear Naked Choke 2:37 Round 2 of 3, 7:37
Zelg Galesic defeats Doug Marshall via KO/TKO, Flying Knee and Punches 0:34 Round 1 of 3