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Fedor Emelianenko Stops Pedro Rizzo In Round 1

Fedor Emelianenko is red hot! Emelianenko is in the midst of putting together his best winning streak in years. The latest victim to fall to the Last Emperor is former UFC fighter Pedro Rizzo courtesy of a monster right hand.

You were probably unaware that one of the greatest heavyweights in MMA history was actually fighting today. Emelianenko headlined an M-1 Global card on Thursday afternoon in Russia. Ironically it was today’s performance from Fedor was his best in recent fights and yet probably watched less than any of his last 10 fights.

Emelianenko knocked out Pedro Rizzo today in the M1 Global main-event. A big leg kick set up the final seconds of the fight. A brutal right hand put Rizzo down following the kick. An onslaught of ground strikes followed until the referee stopped the fight early in round 1.

The win now gives Fedor his first three-fight winning streak in three years. Fedor is 3-3 in his last three fights and has not looked good in some time. Even his win last year over Jeff Monson to kick start the streak was what I would describe as unimpressive. The fight against Ishii was a joke. This win over Rizzo isn’t what I’d call huge, but it is certainly the best Fedor has looked against a heavyweight in some time.

Prior to the fight there were conflicting reports of Emelianenko impending retirement. Fedor has softened up his stance on retirement quite a bit in recent weeks. My hunch is that after today Fedor will continue fighting. Although quite frankly I think today’s win would best be served as a “going away party” of sorts for Fedor. Fedor retiring after destroying his last opponent is the way to go out in my opinion, yet I doubt that will be the case.

The talent pool of opponents is very thin when it comes to potential opponents for Fedor. There really aren’t any credible heavyweights or many big names out there to challenge Emelianenko. As much as Emelianenko still talks UFC, it is probably a safe bet to say that won’t be happening. A deal with Bellator could be a possibility with Bellator coming to Spike. Other than fighters from Bellator, I don’t know who else is left to choose from.

Regardless, for as much criticism as Fedor has gotten over the years I think it is only fair to give him his due today. He looked great! Unfortunately it came at a time when nobody was watching and it didn’t matter.


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