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