In his first ever WAMMA heavyweight title defense, Fedor Emelianenko needed less than four minutes to knock former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski out cold. Although Arlovski was a game opponent at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” event, he was simply outmatched by the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter.
Arlovski landed some nice shots early, and was able to avoid most of the bombs that Emelianenko sent his way. Just prior to the knock out, it seemed that he had the champion confused and frustrated.
After landing a solid right, Arlovski immediately followed it up with a front kick to the midsection that sent the champion backpedaling into the corner.
Perhaps Emelianenko was playing possum because as Arlokvski went in to try and finish the fight, Emelianenko came back to life landing a quick overhand right to Arlovski’s chin.
Many curiously wondered why Arlovski auspiciously decided to attempt a risky flying knee when he went in for the kill, at the post-fight press conference, Arlovski was wondering the same thing.
“At the end of the 1stRound, I tried to do something flashy and I paid for this,” said Arlovski. “Every single jab or right hand [I threw], I thought that I hurt him. It was really effective for me. I don’t know why I change[d] my plan and did [the] flying knee.”
After the fight, the WAMMA heavyweight champion stated that because Arlovski was such an athletic opponent, he prepared for almost every situation that could have occurred in the ring during his training camp. It was as though he had seen the flying knee coming.
“There’s certain techniques that I practiced and worked on and certain scenarios and this is one of the scenarios that I anticipated,” Emelianenko stated. “When that scenario came up, I knew the right thing to do was to go with the right.”