In what was the last time anyone will see “The Last Emperor” Fedor Emelianenko fight, Fedor went out with a bang, knocking out Pedro Rizzo in the 1st round with a hard right and some ground and pound that followed. In a career where he won 34 fights, the TKO of Rizzo will be Fedor’s last.
He retired following the fight stating: “I think it’s time I quit. My family influenced my decision. My daughters are growing without me, that’s why it’s time to leave.”
The action happened under the M-1 Global banner at the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg Russia. The 38 year-old Rizzo hadn’t fought in almost two years since knocking out UFC Hall of Famer, Ken Shamrock. Nonetheless, Fedor put his stamp on his career finishing Rizzo at 1:24 in the first round.
Fedor stumbled late into his career, losing three fights in a row in Strikeforce before being cut. Soon after, he returned to M-1 and also fought for DREAM in their end of the year promotion. He won his last three in a row. If he does walk away now, the one thing most fans would have wanted to see was “The Last Emperor” fight in the UFC, something that never came fruition.