Fedor Emelianenko retires from MMA on a high note with knockout of Pedro Rizzo

One of the greatest fighters in the history of Mixed Martial Arts has decided to call it a career barring some sort of unforeseen circumstance, as Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko announced he would be walking away from the sport in order to spend time with his family after a storied career inside the ring. Emelianenko’s revealed his plan earlier today at a post-event press conference attached to his headlining tilt with Pedro Rizzo at M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Rizzo.

Emelianenko dominated Rizzo in their meeting, stopping the seasoned scrapper with strikes less than 90 seconds into their bout. The finish came after “The Last Emperor” landed one of his trademark overhand rights and then sealed the deal with a few shots from above on the downed Rizzo.

Fedor Comments on Decision to Retire

The victory improved Emelianenko’s record to 34-4 and was the 26th finish of his career. Other fighters to fall victim to the PRIDE icon’s abilities include Andrei Arlovski, Tim Sylvia, Mirko Filipovic, Mark Hunt, Mark Coleman, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

Read below for a full list of results from the show:

Marat Gafurov def. Mairbek Taisumov via Split Decision
Mikhail Malyutin def. Renat Gasanov via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Ramazan Emeev def. Alberta Duraeva via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Vugar Bakhshiev def. Jerome Bouisson via Submission Round 1 (Heel Hook)
Pavel Vitruk def. Radoslaw Piechnik via Unanimous Decision
Akhmed Sultanov def. Denis Goltsov via Submission Round 1 (Heel Hook)
Abdulmazhid Magomedov def. Davreka Isakova via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Musa Khamanaev def. Daniel Weichel via Submission Round 1 (Heel Hook)
Jeff Monson def. Denis Komkin via Submission Round 1 (North-South Choke)
Kenny Garner def. Guram Gugenishvill via TKO Round 3 (Doctor’s Stoppage)
Fedor Emelianenko def. Pedro Rizzo via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)

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