Fedor KOs 'Rampage' to Kick Off Retirement Tour
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, December 29, 2019
Fedor Emelianenko added another walk-off knockout to the highlight reel on Saturday night, when he defeated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the main event of Bellator’s first event in Japan.
The fight did not last very long as Fedor threw powerful combinations right out the gate, which may have caught Jackson off guard a little bit. Jackson did his best to weather the early flurry of punches and kicks—he caught Fedor with some counter strikes-- but that wasn’t enough as “The Last Emperor” would continue wearing Jackson down with his pressure, before knocking him out with a powerful right hand at 2:40 of the first round.
This knockout was significant because it was the first time “Rampage” had been stopped due to punches in his MMA career, which is quite impressive considering his fighting style as well as the legends he’s fought in his career.
During his post-fight interview, it seemed as though Fedor was announcing his retirement from MMA however during the post-fight press conference, he clarified that the fight with “Rampage” was his final fight in Japan and expressed a desire to compete at least two more times—one in the United States and one in Russia.
Bellator President Scott Coker mentioned in the post-fight press conference that Josh Barnett could be Fedor’s next opponent depending on how good he looks when he debuts sometime in early 2020. Barnett was originally scheduled to main event the first of two events in Hawaii but was forced off the card due to an illness so his debut will be postponed for a bit.
“Rampage” released a statement on his Instagram account following the loss and was critical of his performance stating “no excuses. It’s all right. I’ll be back. But I ain’t coming back at heavyweight. I’ve got to lose the weight.”
The former UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion weighed in at 265lbs—20.4lbs heavier than Fedor—so regardless of who he fights next, a catchweight fight may be more realistic.
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