Fedor Emelianenko’s retirement bout vs. Ryan Bader for heavyweight title set for Bellator 290 on CBS


Fedor Emelianenko’s final fight of his legendary career will air on network television in the U.S.

Promotional officials confirmed to MMA Fighting on Friday that Emelianenko will face champion Ryan Bader for the heavyweight title at Bellator 290, which takes place Feb. 4 at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, Calif. First broadcast by Bellator’s broadcast partner CBS Sports ., the bout was revealed.

Bellator 290 airs on CBS. This will mark the first appearance of the promotion hosting an event on CBS. Paramount+ will stream the show. Since 2010., MMA events have not been aired by CBS.

Emelianenko and Bader will meet for the second time in a rematch from their heavyweight grand prix finale at Bellator 214 in January 2019, which Bader won via knockout in 35 seconds. The “Last Emperor” has come back from the defeat of Quintin Jackson in round one and Timothy Johnson in round two.

Bader, a former two-division champion, successfully defended his heavyweight title twice in 2022, picking up decision wins over Valentin Moldavsky and Cheick Kongo.

Source: https://www.mmafighting.com/2022/11/18/23466346/fedor-emelianenkos-retirement-bout-vs-ryan-bader-for-heavyweight-title-set-for-bellator-290-on-cbs?rand=96749