Lost in the madness of the UFC’s back-to-back shows sandwiching “Bellator 71” this weekend was the fact MMA’s most decorated heavyweight fought Pedro Rizzo in Russia on Thursday.
It took Fedor Emelianenko all of 84 seconds to put the 37-year-old to sleep in their shootout. “The Last Emperor” rocked Rizzo with his patented right hand and pounced on his dazed and confused opponent.
Several more bombs to the dome on the canvas and Rizzo was unconscious. By the time he came to, Emelianenko was raising his hand in victory after collecting his third consecutive win.
Although Emelianenko previously professed this would likely mark his last professional outing, he made no mention of hitting the retirement home in his brief post-fight speech.
“Thank God we won. This is our victory,” Emelianenko said to his hometown crowd.
Emelianenko made his claim to fame for his vast accomplishments in Japan’s PrideFC in the early-mid 2000′s. At one stage during his illustrious career, Emelianenko had rattled off 27 consecutive Ws.
However, some will always question the 35-year-old’s credentials because he never competed in the UFC.
“M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Rizzo” took place inside Ice Palace in St. Petersburg.
Here are the results from the event’s main card:
Mikhail Malyutin Defeated Renat Gasanov via TKO at 4:16 in the 1stRound
Marat Gafurov Defeated Mairbek Taisumov via Split Decision
Jeff Monson Defeated Denis Komkin via Submission (North-South Choke) at 1:58 in the 1stRound
Musa Khamanaev Defeated Daniel Weichel via Submission (Heel Hook) at 1:48 in the 1stRound (Khamanaev captures lightweight title)
Kenny Garner Defeated Guram Gugenishvili via TKO (Doctor’s Stoppage) at 5:00 in the 3rdRound (Garner captures M-1 heavyweight title)
Fedor Emelianenko Defeated Pedro Rizzo via KO (Punches) at 1:24 in the 1stRound