The MMA neighborhood reacts to the legendary Fedor Emelianenko competing for the final time at Bellator 290, shedding to Bellator heavyweight champion Ryan Bader
Fedor Emelianenko, one of many biggest to ever compete within the sport of Blended Martial Arts, ended his profession at Bellator 290, following his first-round loss to Ryan Bader for the Bellator heavyweight championship.
Bader rocked and dropped Emelianenko within the opening minute. He then acquired into high place and continued his assault from up high earlier than going to the bottom with Emelianenko, whose face was a bloodied mess.
Bader continued to throw some harsh ground-and-pound earlier than the referee stepped in, bringing the battle to a halt in lower than three minutes.
Bader now turns into the one man to have defeated Emelianenko twice.
Following the battle, Emelianenko was honored in a retirement ceremony that featured numerous legends of the game within the cage as the previous PRIDE heavyweight champion laid down his gloves.
Bellator 290: Professionals react to Fedor Emelianenko retiring following loss vs. Ryan Bader
Bader and Emelianenko first met 4 years in the past at Bellator 214 in the identical enviornment — The Kia Discussion board in Inglewood, CA — within the finals of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix. With only one punch, and in 35 seconds, Bader knocked out Emelianenko to seize the then-vacant Bellator heavyweight championship.
Over 15 years after his skilled MMA debut, Emelianenko joined Bellator MMA. The previous PRIDE heavyweight champion misplaced to Matt Mitrione earlier than competing within the Heavyweight Grand Prix, the place he completed Frank Mir and Chael Sonnen earlier than the loss to Bader.
Emelianenko scored finishes of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Tim Johnson at Bellator 237 and Bellator 269, respectively.