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Fedor Emelianenko Enjoys Successful Homecoming, KOs Timothy Johnson at Bellator 269 – MMA Root



Fedor Emelianenko Enjoys Successful Homecoming, KOs Timothy Johnson at Bellator 269

If it really is goodbye, then Fedor Emelianenko gave the Russian fans an unforgettable goodbye.

“The Last Emperor” did a brief job with recent title challenger Timothy Johnson in the Bellator 269 headliner, winning by a 1:40 knockout in Round 1 of their heavyweight bout at the VTB Arena in Moscow on Saturday. It was the first event of the California-based bid in Russia and Emelianenko’s first fight in his country after the controversial majority that defeated Fabio Maldonado at a Fight Nights Global event on June 17, 2016.

The 45-year-old former Pride Fighting Championships title winner has shown why he remains dangerous even at the twilight of his MMA career. In a tense match, both heavyweights dared in their pockets to exchange punches, and at least early on, Johnson (15-8, 3-3 Bellator) was able to exchange without being seriously injured. That changed when Emelianenko caught the UFC veteran marching forward and pushed him into a quick three-punch fight involving a straight right hand and a pair of heavy hooks. Emelianenko (40-6, 1 NC, 4-2 Bellator) admitted that his job was completed immediately and the fight stopped as soon as Johnson fell to the canvas.

Elsewhere, Said Sowma won a landslide victory over former Bellator heavyweight champion Vitaly Minakov at the co-main event. The match was stopped 3:08 in the third period, when Minakov was unable to return a visibly dislocated finger to his position during the match. As soon as the injury caught the attention of referee Bryan Miner, the match was called off.

Sowma (8-2, 2-1 Bellator) was gradually gaining ground before the break. After an opening round in which Minakov (22-2, 6-2 Bellator) picked his positions with fist combinations and landed his opponent in an inside trip takedown, the former Titan Fighting Championship captain began to impose himself. Souma stuck to his deliberate game plan, which consisted of circling outside the cage while compromising his enemy’s movement on a steady diet with low calf kicks. The Russian’s foot was injured early in Round 3, and Sowma had begun to succeed by putting fist combinations behind his low kicks before Minakov’s unfortunate injury.

Minakov, who has been playing for the first time since August 2019, has missed two of his last three appearances at Bellator.

Earlier, Usman Nurmagomedov won a first-round triumph against Patrik Pietila in a 160-pound catchweight case. The cousin of retired UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov ended the fight by closing a bare choke at 4:06 in Round 1 to keep his unbeaten record intact.

Pietila (11-9, 0-2 Bellator) never had a chance to start. Nurmagomedov (14-0, 3-0 Bellator) made a perfectly timed level change in the first minute and then spent most of the period working to advance his position on the canvas. When the American Kickboxing Academy product was fully fitted, Pietila rolled quickly and dropped his back, allowing Nurmagomedov to secure a body triangle. The prospect of Dagestan quickly began to look for the chuck that ends the battle, which he secured after adjusting his grip.

In the opening match of the evening, Anatoly Tokov returned from a two-year hiatus to win a fatal victory over Sharaf Davlatmurodov in a middleweight bout. Michael Bell and Ben Cartridge scored 29-28 in favor of the FedorTeam representative, while Jacob Montalvo saw 29-28 for Davlatmurodov (18-4-1, 0-1 Bellator). Tokov (30-2, 6-0 Bellator) won six consecutive promotional battles based in California.

Tokov had to work hard to win an exhausting match. Davaltmurodov had some success hitting in the range, where he was linked with many powerful kicks to the body and early knocked Tokov out of balance with a straight right hand. Tokov was finally able to close the distance and force the clinch, where he dragged his opponent to the canvas at least once in each frame – including a strong slam in Round 3. Tokov also found the range in his right hand in the final turn. as he effectively dealt with Davlatmurodov for much of the last five minutes.

Davlatmurodov sees a winning streak of six games end in his Bellator debut.

In the preliminary action: Kirill Sidelnikov (13-6, 2-1 Bellator) removed Rab Truesdale (8-8-1, 0-1 Bellator) with a ground draw and a pound of 2:01 in the first round in the heavyweight division. Katarzyna Sadura (5-4, 1-0 Bellator) won a technical knockout victory over Darina Mazdyuk (3-2, 0-1 Bellator) 3:17 in the second round in the flyweight. Irina Alekseeva (4-1, 1-0 Bellator) prevailed (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) and Stephanie Ielo Page (5-3, 0-1 Bellator) in a flyweight case. Nikita Mikhailov (7-1, 1-0 Bellator) took a unanimous verdict (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) against Brian Moore (14-8, 5-4 Bellator) in the bantamweight. Alexey Shurkevich (13-4, 1-0 Bellator) made Grachik Bozinyan (11-5, 1-2 Bellator) unconscious with heavy ground and pounds at 2:25 of Round 1 in a welterweight bout and Aiden Lee (10 -5, 3-2 Bellator) defeated Alexander Osetrov (8-3-1, 0-1 Bellator) with a 3:31 back naked chuck in the first round of the featherweight.