Fedor Emelianenko Blitzes Pedro Rizzo for Third Straight Win in M-1 Global



If this was the end, what a fitting end it was.

Former Pride Fighting Championships heavyweight titleholder Fedor Emelianenko was in vintage form, as he wiped out Pedro Rizzo in less than 90 seconds on Thursday in the M-1 Global “Fedor vs. Rizzo” main event at the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. Afterward, the 35-year-old announced his intention to retire from the sport, according to multiple news outlets.

Rizzo (19-10), who had not competed in nearly two years, lay unconscious 1:24 into round one, the latest in a long line of men victimized by Emelianenko’s power and speed.

The Russian icon set the tone from the start, as he put Rizzo on his heels with a crisp left hook roughly 40 seconds after the fight began. Later, he followed a quick kick to the Brazilian’s left leg with a thudding overhand right behind the ear that sent Rizzo crashing to the canvas. Dazed and vulnerable, the former UFC heavyweight title contender was a sitting duck. Emelianenko followed him to the canvas and flipped the off switch with a series of vicious haymakers.

Emelianenko, who turns 36 in September, has pieced together a nifty three-fight winning streak, albeit against less-than-stellar opposition. His latest run of success comes on the heels of back-to-back-to-back losses to two-time Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships gold medalist Fabricio Werdum, onetime EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva and former two-division Pride titleholder Dan Henderson that resulted in his unceremonious release from Strikeforce.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 10 days ago
  • 0 views

Bellator CEO Scott Coker suggested following Bellator 123 that a match-up between Fedor Emelianenko and former UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture is not out of the realm of possibility. It appear read news >>

  • 11 days ago
  • 6 views

It’s the fight that never happened – the potential matchup that prompted photo shoots and video-game covers and posters and countless what-if columns. But could Randy Couture vs. Fedor Emelianenko ac read news >>

  • 11 days ago
  • 10 views

Bellator's newly minted president, Scott Coker, is looking to arrange one of the biggest matchups in MMA history. Speaking with the press after Friday's Bellator 123 in Connecticut, Coker dropped a b read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 views

From Yahoo Sports: The notoriously private Russian opens up more than in the past in an upcoming interview on an AXS TV series. read news >>

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 views

Legendary heavyweight fighter Fedor Emelianenko said in a recent interview with AXS TV that he has not regrets about not fighting in the UFC before he retired. read news >>

  • 2 days ago
  • 24 views

In a preview of the forthcoming ‘Voice Versus’ interview, Fedor Emelianenko discusses his Ukrainian background as well as the ongoing conflict in the region. Fedor Emelianenko has never shied away fr read news >>

  • 2 days ago
  • 2 views

The never ending saga between UFC president Dana White and his white whale continues. The reasons as to why former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko never graced the Octagon depend on who read news >>

  • a day ago
  • 96 views

We already know how Fedor Emelianenko feels about women, so that immediately eliminates two divisions -- bantamweight and strawweight -- in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As for the rest? Meh. read news >>

  • a day ago
  • 18 views

UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson doesn't think former Pride champion Fedor Emelianenko or current UFC titleholder Cain Velasquez qualifies as the best heavyweight fighter ever—but it's nothing personal, be read news >>