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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About The Author

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Jason Kelly has been a lifelong fan of martial arts and was instantly hooked on MMA after watching the pay-per-view broadcast of UFC 1 at 12 years old. The Canadian dabbled in martial arts and MMA over the years, but the sport he excelled at was basketball. Jason’s introduction to MMA media started at MMA Religion, which led to his position as a feature writer on MMA DieHards. Jason eventually became the Feature Content Manager at MMA DieHards. His duties at MMA DieHards led to hosting MMA DieHards Radio and MMA Cypher Radio with Corey Charron, before going on to join Joe Rizzo's longtime-running show, Rear Naked Choke Radio. Following a short hiatus from covering the sport he loves, Jason joined the staff at Combat Press. Aside from his interest in MMA, Jason has a passion for hip hop, especially battle rap. He considers himself a hip hop connoisseur and is always up for a conversation on the subject.

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