Fedor Emelianenko Calls Bellator 269 Triumph ‘One of the Most Important Wins in My Career’
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October 23, 2021
Fedor Emelianenko was in top form in his victory over Timothy Johnson at Bellator 269.
After some tense exchanges at the beginning, “The Last Emperor” threw Johnson with a combination of three punches as his opponent rushed forward. As soon as Emelianenko landed, Johnson fell to the canvas and the fight stopped immediately at 1:40 of round 1. Considering that Johnson lost to Valentin Moldavsky in an intermediate heavyweight title fight, it was perhaps the most impressive victory of his tenure. Emelianenko at Bellator.
“I think this is probably one of the most important victories in my career, considering the location, the country, the age,” Emelianenko told a post-match press conference on Saturday. “Given Timothy’s strength and that Timothy is a strong opponent.”
Although Emelianenko would not mention his future directly, it is rumored that the legendary Russian will continue his plan for another fight in what is equivalent to a farewell tour. He was the winner of four of his last five outings under the Bellator banner.
“I will answer this question tomorrow,” Emelianenko said. “I would like to say that at the moment I do not intend to end my career.
“I’m going to talk [Bellator president Scott Coker], I will talk to my family. We will leave a little quietly, we will pray and then God will tell us what to do “.
So far, Emelianenko has beaten Quinton Jackson in Japan and Johnson in Russia. He had previously said he would also like to fight again in the United States and reiterated that sentiment on Saturday.
“It is much easier for me to play in America,” Emelianenko explained. “I do not have so much, so much attention or maybe I should draw attention, but all the events are strictly planned.
“Here at home, the whole camp and our preparation for the fight took place under the supervision of the media and journalists and so on.”
For now, however, Emelianenko was happy to simply enjoy the glow of a victory of the year in front of his fans. The future can wait.
“I feel really great,” Emelianenko said. “I feel good. I’m really very happy. I’m very happy that everything went the way we thought it would. I’m very happy that we made the audience happy and really gave so much joy to our fans, to those who are watching our career. and Bellator events. ”