The legendary Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, who lost ahead of schedule to the American Ryan Bader in the fight for the Bellator championship belt, summed up the match, which was the final one in his professional career.
“I feel good, everything is great – tangible blows landed, but I didn’t get lost,” The Last Emperor said at a press conference after the Bellator 290 tournament. “I was warned late that the fight would be later, and I started warming up earlier. There was a small glitch, then it took a long time to tune in. I think that Ryan Bader Valentin Moldavsky is tough. I am already old, and I feel how the same injuries become more and more aggravated from fight to fight. My body can no longer withstand the loads that I used to give.
According to the Russian, he is not at all upset by the fact that he did not manage to end his career on Red Square in Moscow.
“Thank God, I’m glad that I fought for the last time here in America. Initially, Scott and I discussed that there would be three fights – one in Japan, one in Russia, the third in America. It all happened.”
Emelianenko also listed the most memorable moments of his career.
“This is probably the first fight with Antonio Nogueira, the fight with Mirko Cro Cop, and I don’t know why, but I still always remember the fight with Tim Sylvia”
The heavyweight title fight between Bader and Emelianenko, which became the main event of the event, ended at around 2:30 of the first round with the defeat of the Russian by technical knockout.