Marc RaimondiESPN Staff Author
Fedor Emelianenko’s farewell tour is off to an fantastic start off.
Emelianenko landed a huge ideal hand to knock out Quinton Jackson at two:forty of the to start with spherical Saturday night in the key occasion of Bellator Japan at Saitama Tremendous Arena. It was the very first time Jackson experienced been stopped because 2005 and the initially time ever he was concluded by using punches.
The struggle was billed as the return to Japan for a pair of blended martial arts legends who became stars there in the now defunct Pride Preventing Championships advertising. Emelianenko re-signed with Bellator in June for what was referred to as his “retirement tour.”
At his postfight information convention, Emelianenko clarified that he is not retired, as his interpreter experienced stated throughout his in-ring interview straight away soon after his gain around Jackson. Emelianenko mentioned he is eyeing just one ultimate fight in the United States and then a retirement fight in his house country of Russia.
“For this day, specifically this working day, [two additional fights] is the program,” he reported. “But we are going to see.”
Emelianenko appeared close plenty of to the version of “The Previous Emperor” that dominated Pride in the aughts when he became perhaps the greatest heavyweight and a person of the best fighters ever to compete in MMA. He ripped Jackson, best regarded in the MMA world as “Rampage,” with combinations to begin the combat and was plainly the speedier, extra agile gentleman.
Jackson arrived into the heavyweight bout at 265 pounds — sixty five lbs . heavier than he fought in his key. Emelianenko peppered him with punching mixtures and leg kicks before landing a missile-like correct hand that sent Jackson crashing to the canvas encounter first.
Jackson acknowledged that body weight was an situation Saturday and explained he would not battle at heavyweight once again.
“I received to get my damn pounds down,” he said. “I felt like a hippopotamus out there. But that is my fault. No excuses. It’s all ideal. I’ll be back again. But I ain’t coming again at heavyweight. I’ve bought to reduce this weight.”
For Emelianenko, Saturday marked his remaining combat in Japan. Addressing the Japanese fans afterward, he mentioned, “I am really satisfied that 1 additional time I was in this article and I was ready to entertain you men and make you delighted.”
Emelianenko (39-6, 1 NC) has won 3 of his earlier 4 fights and five of 7 considering that returning from a a few-12 months retirement in 2015. This was his very first struggle in Japan in four many years. Emelianenko, forty three, knocked out Chael Sonnen and Frank Mir very last calendar year in the Bellator Heavyweight Environment Grand Prix, only to be knocked out by Ryan Bader in the finals last January.
Emelianenko will go away an exceptional but fairly difficult legacy. He is a former Delight heavyweight winner and 2004 Satisfaction heavyweight environment grand prix winner, profitable the two throughout a time when Pleasure was regarded just as hugely as the UFC and experienced a better heavyweight division. Emelianenko went undefeated from 2001 to 2010.
Emelianenko hardly ever did contend in the UFC, while, with negotiations stalling a number of times. UFC president Dana White has reported Emelianenko was a single of the fighters he regretted the promotion was not able to indication. In July, White called a prospective megabout concerning Emelianenko and Brock Lesnar possibly the only huge MMA struggle that the UFC failed to make in his tenure.
Jackson (38-14) is a previous UFC gentle heavyweight winner who had lucrative title rivalries with Jon Jones and Rashad Evans. The Memphis native has now lost three of his earlier 4 fights. Jackson, 41, was a star for Pride in the mid-aughts, known for his intense type and violent knockouts. “Rampage” experienced not fought in Japan considering the fact that 2012.
In the co-key occasion of Bellator Japan, the promotion’s to start with card in the country, Michael Chandler knocked out Sidney Outlaw with a correct hand at 2:fifty nine of the initially round. It was Chandler’s seventeenth Bellator acquire, a total that is second in promotion heritage guiding Patricio Freire (eighteen). Chandler, a a few-time former Bellator light-weight winner, gained his 12th stoppage, a new Bellator history. Outlaw was filling in for the wounded Benson Henderson on 3 months notice.
Also on the card, the remarkable Michael Web page won his 3rd straight fight via knockout, halting Shinsho Anzai at :23 of the second round. Webpage (seventeen-1) missing his only vocation combat by knockout to present-day Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima earlier this calendar year and is hoping for a rematch in 2020.