Emilianenko Fyodor (47, Russia), the ‘fighting emperor of the past’, ended his splendid career as a fighter through a retirement match.
Fyodor participated in the heavyweight match at the ‘Bellator 290’, a mixed martial arts tournament held at the KIA Forum in Inglewood, California, USA on the 5th (hereinafter Korean time), but was punched by Ryan Bader (40, USA) in 2 minutes and 30 seconds of the first round. suffered a TKO loss.
Fyodor, who was last on the martial arts stage at the age of 50, looked swollen and had a lot of belly compared to his prime. Early in the match, he wielded his trademark overhead light hook, sending the crowd into a frenzy.
However, Vader managed to dodge the punch and knocked Fedor over. Afterwards, he grabbed Fyodor’s bag on the ground and poured a heavy pounding to end the game.
Vader, who KOd Fyodor in 35 seconds in the first round at Bellator in January 2019, won another KO victory in a rematch after 4 years. Vader is the only fighter in the history of mixed martial arts who has beaten Fedor twice.
This match was Fyodor’s last match. Fyodor, who played the match 1 year and 4 months after winning the first round by KO in the match against Tim Johnson in October 2021, announced before the match that this match was a retirement match.
In the 2000s, Fyodor, who earned the modifier ‘One in 6 Billion’ while playing in the Japanese group Pride FC, moved to the United States in 2010 and was unable to maintain his former fame. He didn’t give up though, and met fans by steadily competing even at the age of 40.
After the match, the fans all stood up and applauded Fyodor. Fyodor also waved his hand and thanked him. Fyodor ended his brilliant career as a player on this day with a career record of 40 wins, 7 losses and 1 invalid match, including his retirement match. 메이저사이트
In an interview after the game, Fyodor said, “It’s a pity that I couldn’t lead the game the way I wanted. But on the other hand, I’m so happy to see the fans cheering and supporting me here.” He added, “Now I will take off my gloves and put everything into coaching junior players.”