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Post: The greatest of all time. Fedor Emelianenko will say goodbye to MMA this weekend


On the night of February 5th, Moscow in Los Angeles (USA) will host the 290th Bellator tournament, where domestic MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko will fight a farewell and try to win the heavyweight belt from American Ryan Bader. Also, another Russian Anatoly Tokov, a member of the Fedor team, will fight for the championship on the show. RIA Novosti Sport describes this and other encounters of the epic event with the participation of our fighters.

Bader – Emelianenko II

Super fight for the light heavyweight title

Few people imagined that Emelianenko’s next fight after a stylish knockout victory over Timothy Johnson would have to wait more than a year. The geopolitical situation intervened – Bellator leadership hesitated for a long time with the announcement of the rematch of legend Ryan Bader. However, it did. In three days, the end of the conflict will be put.

Having made his professional debut as early as 2000, Fedor’s great fighting career will also come to an end. 40 victories in 46 fights, status as the main star of the mixed martial arts world at the beginning of the 21st century, endless praise for outstanding performances and dedication. No matter how his second encounter with the heavyweight champion ended, 46-year-old Emelianenko entered sports history with gold letters.

Note that the first fight took place in 2019 and ended in 35 seconds. The American is confident the fight will be even shorter this time (from a conversation with MMAFighting):

“Before the fight I stood in front of him, then I entered the octagon and did the job. I think this fight will be even shorter. Before the first fight I was still thinking: “Damn, this is Fedor. i will fight it now“. During the performance of the anthem he said to himself: “It’s just another contender“.

Odds: 1.4 vs 2.7 – The Last Emperor counts as underdog.


middleweight belt fight

Fyodor’s student Anatoly Tokov will compete in the evening’s co-main event. Who deserves a chance at a middleweight title if not a Russian? Data:

  • has not lost since 2016;

  • In Bellator he does not know defeat;

  • Of the seven wars in the ocean, only two came to a decision.

Also, Tokov defeated Alexander Shlemenko and Magomed Ismailov. But I want to believe that the main victory in the career of a fighter has not yet come. American Johnny Eblin is undefeated (13-0), taking the title from the most experienced Gegard Mousasi. In the current agenda, the champion is guided and promotes the fight with a challenger from Russia.

“This guy is fighting well. Fedor will also be in the tournament, so it will be a great show. USA – Russia. I think Tokov The best you can fight for the belt, because all the other contenders lost. “I want to destroy this man without any harm,” wrote Eblin on his All Star YouTube channel.

Odds: 1.6 against 2.2 not in favor of the Russian.

Anatoly Tokov and Fedor Emelianenko - RIA Novosti, 1920, 31.01.2023
Anatoly Tokov and Fedor Emelianenko

Larkin – Berkhamov

A repetition of the battle of July, which does not seem to have happened by chance. In Bellator 283, Russian Mukhamed Berkhamov missed an illegal elbow to the back of Lorenz Larkin’s head in the first round. Considering that the fighters were fighting on riveting, it was unlikely that the American was aiming at the back of his head.

However, Mohammed could not continue. The referee had to leave the welterweight match inconclusive.

Corrales – Magomedov

Ahmed Magomedov is heading for his 10th victory in the pros. After success in his first fight at Bellator (Kevin Boyem surrenders), the undefeated Russian will face another US representative, Henry Corrales. He has been playing in the American League for about eight years.

Mowry – Isaac

Avengers fights are always great! Former PFL heavyweight champion Ali Isaev will make his Bellator debut with a perfect 9-0 record. His rival, Steve Mowry, from the USA, had 11 wins out of 12 fights (one fight was declared void).

Lara – Avsaragova

The return of the beautiful Diana Avsaragova will definitely grace the front card of the show in Los Angeles. The Russian woman does not know about defeat in her professional career, and Saturday night’s duel will be the fourth under the auspices of the American League. “Titulnik” is very close.

Avsaragova should not have any problems on Saturday. After all, Panther’s rival Colombian Alejandra Lara is on a three-loss streak.

Diana Avsaragova

Caldwell – Mikhailov

Nikita Mikhailov is another fighter from Team Fedor. Bellator has three wins in three fights under his auspices, but this time the test will be much more interesting. Bantamweight will be caged with the organization’s former champion, Darrion Caldwell, who is a great name for Nikita’s track record. At the same time, the American lost the last three fights (two ahead of schedule).

bellator 290 introduction

Complete list of fights

Main board:

  • Ryan Bader – Fedor Emelianenko;

  • Johnny Eblin – Anatoly Tokov;

  • Morning Homasi – Brennan Ward.

Front card:

  • Neiman GracieMichael Lombardo

  • Lorenz Larkin – Mukhamed Berkhamov;

  • Henry Corrales – Ahmed Magomedov;

  • Steve Maury – Ali Isaev;

  • Christopher Gonzalez – Max Roscopef

  • Grant Neil – Karl Albrektsson;

  • Alejandra LaraDiana Avsaragova;

  • Darrion Caldwell – Nikita Mikhailov;

  • Jaylon Bates – Jornell Lugo

  • Isaiah Hookit – Peter Ishiguro;

  • Ethan Hughes – Yusuf Karakaya.

when does it start

The tournament will start at 02:00 Moscow time on Sunday. The main fights of the evening will begin around six in the morning..


The show is owned by Showtime. Broadcasting will not be done legally in Russia.

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