‘The Legend of the Last Emperor’: Who is Fedor Emelianenko and why does his retirement matter?


Who is Fedor Emelianenko and why is he so revered?

MMA Fighting’s Shaun Al-Shatti & E. Casey Leydon discuss the myth of “The Last Emperor”, and how it relates to one of the most renowned heavyweights in MMA History.

That video can be watched above.

Footage courtesy Zuffa LLC, Bellator MMA/Showtime.

Emelianenko headlines Bellator 290 on Feb. 4 in a heavyweight title rematch opposite Bader, which takes place at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

Widely considered one of the greatest heavyweights of all time, Emelianenko was one of the most dominant forces of the 2000s, reigning over Pride Fighting Championships as its heavyweight champion.

The 46-year-old has continued to find success in his waning years, winning four of his six Bellator appearances via first-round knockout. A special celebration will be held at Bellator 290. to honour Emelianenko by a number of MMA icons, including Randy Couture and Royce Gracie.

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