Fedor Emelianenko will move on in Bellator's heavyweight grand prix tournament, defeating Frank Mir by TKO in less than a minute in the main event of Bellator 198, which took place at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.
Based on what we saw during the event, the legendary Last Emperor is far from done after he secured a brilliant 48-second knockout of the former UFC heavyweight champion and advances to the semi-final after his victory in the main event.
It was a much-needed win for Emelianenko, who now will go on to face Chael Sonnen in the semifinal round of the heavyweight Grand Prix. The loss snapped a five-fight winning streak for the Russian. It was Mir's first fight since being knocked out by Mark Hunt in the UFC in Brisbane over two years ago. Sonnen entered the cage for a faceoff with Emelianenko following the bout.
Putin has attended Emelianenko's fights, and the 41-year-old fighter has been photographed with the Russian president. A trademark hip toss followed from Fedor before the fight returned to the feet. "And the next time I am, I assure you it will not be for long".
With a similar swagger to protege Conor McGregor and a submission game he claims the sport has never seen, the long-awaited MMA debut of Dillon Danis did not disappoint on Saturday. "I did all the media, I built up this whole card", said Danis, whose pro debut kicked off the televised portion of the card.
"The American Gangster" was in attendance at last night's Bellator 198 event and made a decision to confront "The Last Emperor" inside the cage shortly following the Russian's high profile victory over Mir. "I said this before: When you are this good, you don't feel pressure".