Fedor Emelianenko, one of the iconic combined martial artists of all time, will take the ultimate stroll of his profession in 2023.
Emelianenko, 46, will problem Bellator MMA heavyweight champion Ryan Bader for the title at Bellator 290 on Feb. 4. The occasion will happen contained in the Kia Discussion board in Inglewood, California and will probably be broadcast on CBS. Bellator MMA officers broke the information to CBSSports.com on Friday.
“We have been working tirelessly to construct this model into the worldwide powerhouse it’s immediately, and prime time on CBS has at all times been considered one of our prime targets,” Bellator President Scott Coker mentioned in an announcement. “With a wholesome roster stuffed with lots of the greatest fighters on the earth, together with elite prospects and legends of the sport, I’m past excited to showcase this occasion on America’s most watched community.”
The struggle for the heavyweight belt will probably be a rematch of the struggle that passed off in January 2019. Bader (30 to 7) received by TKO in simply 35 seconds and have become two-time Bellator champion. He has held the heavyweight belt since 2019, though he misplaced the 205-pound mild heavyweight title to Vadim Nemkov the next 12 months.
Emelianenko (40-6) has been preventing professionally since 2000. He was as soon as broadly thought-about the best fighter of all time, having began his profession with a document of 30-1. He’s greatest generally known as the previous heavyweight king of Pleasure Preventing Championship, though he additionally held titles in Affliction and Strikeforce. The UFC made a number of makes an attempt to signal Emelianenko throughout his legendary profession, however the two sides have been unable to achieve an settlement.
Emelianenko fights in Stary Oskol, Russia. He already retired from MMA in 2012, however determined to return to the game in 2015. He received his final two fights by way of first-round knockout towards Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Tim Johnson.