Fedor Emelianenko (Taro Irei/Sherdog)

Rear-Naked Choke Radio: The Legacy of Fedor Emelianenko

Jason Kelly Radio Host

Fedor Emelianenko, the Last Emperor, might have had his last fight.

Hours after his controversial majority decision over Fabio Maldonado at EFN 50 in St. Petersburg, Russia, Joe Rizzo (@RearNakedChoke) and Jay Kelly (@JayKellyMMA) broke down Emelianenko’s fight and outlook.

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Emelianenko was granted the decision, but appeared to lose the fight badly and was physically battered en route to the final bell of the three-round contest with the former UFC light heavyweight. Maldonado repeatedly had Emelianenko out on his feet in the first round, and Rizzo and Kelly took a look at why the fight was allowed to continue.

What will come of Emelianenko from here on in? Joe and Jay gave a career path for the MMA hero. They also broke down where Emelianenko belongs on the all-time lists for heavyweights and mixed martial artists, and you might be surprised at some of the observations and the names in the conversation.

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