Legendary Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko will fight his last fight on February 4 at Bellator 290 in Inglewood, California against reigning Bellator heavyweight champion Ryan Bader.
A heavyweight title fight will headline the event, with Yoel Romero attempting to take the Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship from the winner of the grand prix final between Vadim Nemkov and Corey Anderson in the second-biggest event of the tournament.
This was officially announced by representatives of the American League.
The duel between Emelianenko and Bader will be a revenge – in January 2019, the Russian lost to the American by technical knockout in the 35th second in the Bellator heavyweight Grand Prix final. After that, Emelianenko scored two early victories, knocking out “Rumpage” Jackson and Timothy Johnson, and currently occupies the third line in the organization’s heavyweight rankings.
Ryan Bader, 39, has fought twice this year, successfully unifying the titles against Valentin Moldavsky and defending the championship belt against Cheick Kongo, whom he won via unanimous decision.