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Russia’s Fedor Emelianenko views Moscow as venue for his last MMA-career fight

Last week, Emelianenko told TASS that he was not thinking about quitting sports and looked for more fights
Fedor Emelianenko Valery Sharifulin/TASS
Fedor Emelianenko
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MOSCOW, August 25. /TASS/. World-renowned, legendary MMA heavyweight fighter Fedor Emelianenko of Russia eyes Moscow as a venue for his last bout to wrap up with his sports career, Bellator MMA President Scott Coker told TASS on Tuesday.

Asked by a TASS correspondent about a possible venue for Emelianenko’s farewell bout and whether the Russian capital could be the place, Coker said "Yes, we plan that Fedor will hold his last fight in Moscow."

Last week, Emelianenko told TASS that he was not thinking about quitting sports and looked for more fights. "My sports career is slowly nearing its conclusion, though I am looking forward for more fights. Time will tell." the fighter said. "It will all depend on the way I feel and on my desire to carry on fighting."

Emelianenko, who will be celebrating his 44th birthday on September 28, is expected by the mixed martial arts experts to hold another fight before the end of the year.

In October 2019, Emelianenko announced that he intended to go on a farewell tour of three fights and one of his bouts would be organized in Russia. After defeating Jackson last December, Emelianenko had to fight two more bouts.

In late December 2019, Emelianenko defeated Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson of the United States in the Bellator competition in Japan. On December 29, 2019, the 43-year-old Russian MMA veteran beat his opponent by KO in the first round of the bout at the Saitama Arena. Two minutes and 59 seconds after the start of the bout, Emelianenko dealt a powerful right blow, flooring the American.

It was the seventh bout for Emelianenko, who took his numerous fans worldwide by surprise in July 2015 by announcing his return to professional sports after an almost three-year hiatus.

During his retirement period, Emelianenko held the post of the Russian MMA Union’s president and had also served from November 2012 as an advisor to then-Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko.

The Russian fighter boasts an impressive career record of 39 wins (15 by KO/TKO; 15 by submission; nine by decision) and six defeats in his 19-year-long MMA career and is dubbed in the world of MMA as ‘The Last Emperor.’

After his comeback in 2015, Emelianenko held seven fights to date, defeating India’s Jaideep Singh, then clinching another victory over Brazil’s Fabio Maldonado. In June 2017 he lost by TKO to US fighter Matt Mitrione. In April 2018, he defeated US heavyweight Frank Mir with a KO win in the first round and in October 2018 he enjoyed a TKO triumph over American fighter Chael Sonnen. In January 2019, he lost by TKO (punches) to Ryan ‘Darth’ Bader of the United States and then knocked out US fighter Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson in December 2019.

Fedor Emelianenko

Born on September 28, 1976 in the town of Rubezhnoye in Ukraine’s southeast, Emelianenko fought his way to the top earning numerous champions titles throughout his career.

He is the MMA Pride Fighting Championships Heavyweight Champion (2003-2007), FIAS World Combat Sambo Championship Heavyweight Champion 2002, 2005, 2007 and Russian Judo Federation National Championship bronze medalist (1998, 1999).

In 2009, the esteemed American sports magazine, Sports Illustrated, named him "the top MMA fighter of the decade.".