Fedor Emelianenko
The Last Emperor


Inks fresh deal with Bellator
June 16, 2019
Emelianenko has signed a five-fight extension with Bellator MMA that president Scott Coker has referred to as a "retirement tour," Marc Raimondi of ESPN reports.
While Fedor was recently knocked out just 35 seconds into his heavyweight title fight against Ryan Bader, the 42-year-old showed he still has something left in the tank with wins over Frank Mir and Chael Sonnen leading up to that bout. Fedor may not have another title run in any major promotion left in him, but he's a future hall-of-famer and legend of the sport, so his drawing power is still alive and well. The plan is for Fedor to compete in multiple countries that haven't seen him for a long time, if at all. While a fight date has yet to be locked in, Coker did mention potential opponents for Fedor, including Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Josh Barnett. Both men are in the over-40 age bracket, so it shouldn't be difficult for the aging veteran to get sanctioned.
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Sees late-career run come to end
January 26, 2019
Emelianenko lost to Ryan Bader via TKO (punches) at 0:35 of Round 1 at Bellator 214 on Saturday in Los Angeles.
For the last few years, it has been clear that Fedor was nearing the end of his career. Prior to the announcement of the Bellator heavyweight tournament, he had fallen via knockout against Matt Mitrione. However, he still ended up in the bracket and somewhat surprisingly stopped both Frank Mir and Chael Sonnen to make the finals. Unfortunately for him, that run came to a quick end in the main event of Bellator 214. Bader landed his first punch of the fight, and it was over. Fedor can still hold his claim as being one of the best heavyweights in the history of MMA, but nobody would fault him if he walked away from the sport at this point.
Dominates Chael Sonnen to move on the finals of the Bellator heavyweight tournament
October 14, 2018
Emelianenko defeated Chael Sonnen via TKO (punches) at 4:46 of Round 1 at Bellator 208 on Saturday in Uniondale, N.Y.
From the start of this fight, it was clear that Emelianeko was going to hurt Sonnen with strikes. He put Sonnen on the ground almost right away and continued to throw. Sonnen tried to go to his wrestling, but Emelianeko had answers nearly each time. At one point, Sonnen took the back and threatened to go for the rear-naked choke. However, Emelianenko reversed the position and went back to work. Towards the end of the round, Emelianeko stopped another takedown and began to landed hammerfists on the ground. Sonnen rolled into a defensive position, and Emelianenko punched until the finish. The former Pride FC champion advances to the finals of the heavyweight tournament against Ryan Bader. He has clearly slowed down late in his career, but he has turned away Father Time so far in this tournament.
Date booked for semifinal bout against Chael Sonnen
July 19, 2018
Emelianenko is slated to take on Chael Sonnen in the Bellator grand prix semifinal on October 13, Shaun Al-Shatti of MMAfighting.com reports.
Emelianenko enters the fight having been victorious in six of his last seven contests. Arguably one of the best heavyweight fighters of his generation, the 41-year-old boasts a career record of 37-5. As for the opposition, Sonnen has dropped four of his previous seven fights and figures to enter the match as a slight underdog.
Turns back the clock and stops Frank Mir at Bellator 198
April 28, 2018
Emelianenko defeated Frank Mir via TKO (punches) at 0:48 of Round 1 at Bellator 198 on Saturday in Chicago.
Emelianenko is clearly no longer the fighter who lorded over the heavyweight division for years. However, at least for one night, he was able to score a vintage stoppage over Frank Mir in the first round of the Bellator heavyweight tournament. Mir came across the cage and hurt Emelianenko early in the fight. The Russian fighter recovered and threw Mir from the clinch. The fighters returned to their feet and began to throw again. Mir charge Fedor and ended up eating an uppercut that floored Mir. The referee gave the former UFC champion time to recover, but the fight was over. Emelianenko now moves on the next round of the tournament against Chael Sonnen.
Will fight for gold at Bellator tournament
November 19, 2017
Emelianenko will fight alongside seven heavyweights in pursuit of a Bellator belt at The Bellator World Grand Prix 2018 Heavyweight Tournament. He will face Frank Mir in April.
Emelianenko (35-4, 1NC) is a former Pride champion and a multi-time world champion in MMA and Sambo. He held one of the most impressive winning streaks in MMA history, going undefeated over the course of eight years (2001-2009). "The Last Emperor" took a short break only to return in 2015 and has gone 2-1 since. He will compete with Quinton Jackson, Roy Nelson, Chael Sonnen, Frank Mir, Matt Mitrione and Ryan Bader for the Bellator title.