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Fedor ‘The Last Emperor’ Emelianenko Comes Out of Retirement

One of the hottest bits of news circulating the Mix Martial Arts community at the moment is the impending return to action of Fedor Emelianenko. “The Last Emperor” hung up his gloves three years ago, but as one of the most dominant heavyweights of all time, he has decided to come out of retirement.

Fedor, whose martial arts roots are founded in Judo and Sambo, has earned global recognition and respect for his devastating ground and pound style. He is undoubtedly a well-rounded fighter. On the feet, he’s heavy handed and is capable of some devastating one-punch knockouts. As a world-class grappler, Emelianenko is normally the fighter who dictates whether the fight will go to the ground or be on the feet. If the fight does go to the mat, Fedor has been known to push relentless pressure when he’s on top, and he has the skills to submit his opponents from both his guard and from a dominating position.

Fedor ‘The Last Emperor’ Emelianenko Comes Out of Retirement
Fedor ‘The Last Emperor’ Emelianenko Comes Out of Retirement

When the Affliction organization collapsed, UFC President Dana White pursued Emelianenko aggressively, but both sides could not reach an accord and Fedor ruled Japanese fighting organization PRIDE for many years. Now that the 38-year-old father of three has been bitten by the fighting bug once again, the hopes that he and the UFC finally see eye-to-eye.

Between 2010 and 2012, Fedor suffered three consecutive losses to top-ranked fighters, all of whom are now under contract with the UFC. If Fedor wants to kick-off his comeback with a little bit of payback, then putting pen to a UFC contract sounds promising. He lost to light heavyweight Dan Henderson, heavyweight Antonio “Big Foot” Silva, and current reigning UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum. Werdum has alaready expressed willingness to give Fedor a rematch so that both Titans can lock horns in the Octagon.

The buzz is real, folks! Will Fedor finally agree on terms with the UFC? If so, who should he battle in his comeback fight? Once the dust settles, expect betting action to be covered at Solaire Sportsbook. If you’re a Fedor fan, sign-up now by clicking Solaire Sportsbook to bet on his first fight back.

This article has been written for this website by Eric Ong, Sports Analyst/Journalist

UFC 189: McGregor “Walks the Walk”

Despite the change of the main fight at UFC 189, Mendes vs. McGregor did not disappoint fans one bit. Both fighters put on a good fight to contest UFC’s interim Featherweight title. The fight was as action-packed as the fans had hoped, but in the end Connor McGregor defeated Mendes via a second-round TKO.

To Mendes’ credit he did managed to take down the Irishman a few times, highlighting his wrestling advantage. When all was said and done, McGregor’s superior Muay-Thai provided him with a significant edge. McGregor, one of the UFC’s most popular and divisive fighters, is no longer just a brash and loud-mouthed upstart who drives his own hype train far too fast. Thanks to his convincing win over Mendes, one the division’s top ranked fighters, people can’t say Connor is just “all talk,” because he shut his critics up by “walking the walk.”

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This now fuels the fire of anticipation for an eventual belt unification fight between José Aldo and Connor McGregor even more, but that is something farther down the road at this point. For now, Frankie “The Answer” Edgar is licking his chops at a chance to take on Connor before the interim Champ faces Aldo.

The co-main event was no snoozer either. Robbie Lawler defended his Welterweight title against Rory MacDonald via fifth-round TKO, in what was one of the bloodiest fights in the division’s history. Both fighters were bloodied and battered after slogging it out in a five-round war, but it was Lawler who managed to deal more damage to MacDonald via punishing head strikes.

Move of the Night

The move of the night has got to go to Jeremy Stephens who finished off Dennis Bermudez with a brutal jumping knee to the jaw in the third round.

Needless to say, UFC 189 was an exciting and entertaining MMA event. Did your favorite fighter(s) win? If you want to bet on future UFC matches, sign-up now at Solaire Sportsbook! Click on the link to head over to their website.

Written for this website by Erik Ong, sports analyst/journalist.