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Fedor Emelianenko crushes Tim Johnson with devastating walk-off knockout in Bellator 269 main event

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  • Fedor Emelianenko crushes Tim Johnson with devastating walk-off knockout in Bellator 269 main event

    “The Last Emperor” reigned supreme at Bellator 269 after Fedor Emelianenko delivered another iconic performance with a walk-off knockout against Tim Johnson in the main event.

    At 45, the legendary Russian is advancing towards the final stages of his career but his performance on Saturday left no doubt that he still has plenty of fight left in him. Emelinanko earned his 40th professional win after unleashing a huge right hand that snapped Johnson’s head around and sent the former Bellator interim title challenger crashing to the canvas in a heap.

    Emelianenko didn’t have to throw another shot as he just walked away with the referee quickly rushing in to stop the contest at 1:46 in the opening round.

    “It’s a huge event for us,” Emelianenko said in celebration with the Moscow crowd cheering him. “It’s been a while since I last fought in Russia.”

    There wasn’t much feeling out between the heavyweights with Emelianenko immediately flashing his fast hands with Johnson just biting down on his mouthpiece and winging punches back at him.

    Johnson landed a couple straight punches early but Emelianenko just walked through them while looking to set up his signature combinations where he comes after an opponent with a flurry of shots in succession.

    After baiting Johnson into an exchange, Emelianenko stepped back and then forward with his combination that started with a left and then followed with the right that ended the fight. As soon as the punch detonated on Johnson’s chin, he crumbled to the canvas and Emelianenko raised his hand in victory.

    Stoic but still smiling, Emelianenko soaked in the moment while also paying homage to many members of his fight team who also found success at Bellator 269.

    “Thank god that everyone managed to win tonight,” Emelianenko said. “We already have two champions and we’re going to prepare another one.”

    With one fight left on his contract, Emelianenko has said that he planned to compete again after Bellator 269 but if he decides to hang up his gloves after Saturday, he’d finish with a highlight reel knockout to cap off his mythical career.

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      Tim is like top 15ish as well. Pretty big win for Fedor at this stage of his career. Hes still quite explosive and heavy hitting for 45.

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      • #4
        Damn, didn't think Fedor would come back at his age. Dude's still a legend although he's so far past his best at this point it ain't really funny.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by TMLT87 View Post
          Tim is like top 15ish as well. Pretty big win for Fedor at this stage of his career. Hes still quite explosive and heavy hitting for 45.
          I was actually surprised that he blew him away with a two piece

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          • #6
            233lbs for Fedor, looked good. He can still punch. It was his lack of defence and pulling straight back that cost him late I his career. I mean he was a hands down head movement guy his whole career, just when you get older the slower reflexes really expose that style. Never has whipping punches ever worked so well for a fighter. Not sure how good of a boxer he would have been but I still would have liked to have known what would have happened had he taken that route.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Blond Beast View Post
              233lbs for Fedor, looked good. He can still punch. It was his lack of defence and pulling straight back that cost him late I his career. I mean he was a hands down head movement guy his whole career, just when you get older the slower reflexes really expose that style. Never has whipping punches ever worked so well for a fighter. Not sure how good of a boxer he would have been but I still would have liked to have known what would have happened had he taken that route.
              His punching style comes from combat sambo. Called casting punches. The idea is if the punches don't land, they still get you in perfect position for a takedown. Threatening two things at the same time basically.

              He did that perfectly early in his career. Somewhere along the way he stopped following through and just kept winging punches, which made him more predictable and the losses started coming.
              Last edited by henrykk123456; 10-25-2021, 02:56 AM.

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                Originally posted by henrykk123456 View Post

                His punching style comes from combat sambo. Called casting punches. The idea is if the punches don't land, they still get you in perfect position for a takedown. Threatening two things at the same time basically.

                He did that perfectly early in his career. Somewhere along the way he stopped following through and just kept winging punches, which made him more predictable and the losses started coming.
                Yeah, my brother always told me he threw “Sambo Casting Punches” but to my shame I never really looked it up to find out what that actually meant. He could explode forward, with wide 1-2’s or more. From what I can tell it keeps both hands up high on the opponent and maybe even having them going backwards. Even if the shots don’t land it puts their guard up and hopefully on their heels where you can then go for a take down at the waist level using your forward momentum? Obviously it has to be a fast transition by the guy on offence. I don’t see people in mma really throwing like Fedor, why he looks unique to me, but then again I’ll have to look up the differences between Sambo and modern mma. I’ve been a boxing fan since I was a kid. I remember when the first ufc came out, but I still just don’t know the details as well as boxing, and there’s a lot of details. I do like listening to guys like DC and Bisping who see things in a way I never could and are capable of explaining it.

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                • #9
                  Yes, exactly that.

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                  Combat sambo is very similar to modern MMA, except it's done on an open mat and they wear martial arts jackets and sometimes headgear. Many if not most Russian MMA fighters come from it. It's probably one of the top styles to transition to MMA from as there are minimal adjustments required compared to something like wrestling.

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                  • #10
                    Good win for Fedor but he should retire. His ability to take punches is completely gone.

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