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Fedor Emelianenko will have the last fight with American Bader who knocked him out
The Russian fighter will fight American Ryan Bader on February 4 next year for the Bellator heavyweight title. Emelianenko in 2019 lost to Bader by knockout in the first round
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Russian fighter Fedor Emelianenko will hold his last fight in his MMA career against American Ryan Bader. About this MMA Fighting reported at the Bellator press office.
The fight will take place on February 4, 2023 in Inglewood, California. He will headline the Bellator 290 tournament. Bader’s heavyweight championship will be at stake.
Emelianenko has repeatedly stated that he wants to fight Bader, whom he lost by knockout in the first round in the Bellator Grand Prix heavyweight final in January 2019.
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Emelianenko, 46, is a four-time Pride FC champion and a two-time RINGS champion. More than once he was recognized as the best fighter, regardless of the weight category, according to numerous versions. Emelianenko won 40 victories in 47 fights (one was declared invalid). The Russian had his last fight in October 2021 against Tim Johnson and won by knockout in the first round.
On account of the 39-year-old Bader 30 wins and seven losses in MMA, another fight was declared invalid.