Fyodor Emelyanenko (47, Russia) 안전놀이터, the “one in six billion man,” could not go against the flow of time.
Fyodor lost to champion Ryan Bader (40, USA) in 2 minutes and 33 seconds of the first round in the American mixed martial arts Bellator 290 heavyweight title match held at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, USA on the 5th (Korean time). The match that day was Fyodor’s retirement match and revenge match.
Fyodor lost to Vader in the final of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix in January 2019 in 35 seconds of the first round. Fedor wanted a rematch. The Fyodor-Vader confrontation was difficult, but Fyodor lost his second match and lost his pride.
Fyodor struggled with the opponent’s punches from the start. Having collapsed during a strike, he could not escape Vader’s pounding attack. Eventually, the referee called the game off. It was the moment when Fyodor’s plan, which dreamed of a spectacular finale wearing a championship belt, was shattered.
Fyodor made a name for himself as one of the world’s best heavyweight fighters in the early 2000’s. From 2001 to 2009, he recorded an overwhelming record of 31 wins and 1 loss. The strongest heavyweights of his day, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Mark Coleman, Mirko Cro Cop, and Andrei Arlovski knelt before Fyodor’s fist. Martial arts fans called Fyodor the ‘one in six billion man’, meaning he is the strongest among the world’s 6 billion people. He also played against Choi Hong-man in 2007 and is popular with domestic fans as well. His total record is 40 wins, 7 losses and 1 null in 48 matches.