"The Last Emperor" is not done yet, and this time, he's going after another Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran.
Fedor Emelianenko will battle Pedro Rizzo later today (June 21, 2012) in St. Petersburg, Russia. The M-1 star is currently riding a two-fight win streak ever since a three-fight losing skid ended his brief tenure under the Zuffa (Strikeforce) umbrella.
Fedor has hinted at retirement if he loses this bout, but that's still highly unlikely.
Also on the card will be a pair of M-1 title defenses as lightweight champion Daniel Weichel will try to hold off challenger Musa Khamanaev. Top M-1 Russian heavyweight prospect Guram Gugenishvili will try to defend his belt against the ever-persistent Kenny Garner.
Even long-time veteran Jeff Monson is back in mixed martial arts (MMA) action on the card, taking on Denis Komkin.
Check out complete M-1 Global: "Fedor vs. Rizzo" LIVE results updates beginning at 10 a.m. ET after the jump (main card starts at 12 p.m. ET):
M-1: "Fedor vs. Rizzo" Quick Results:
265 lbs.:Fedor Emelianenko def. Pedro Rizzo via knockout in round one
265 lb. title.: Kenny Garner def. Guram Gugenishvili via TKO in round three
155 lb. title.: Musa Khamanaev def. Daniel Weichel via submission (heel hook) in round one
265 lbs.: Jeff Monson def. Denis Komkin via submission (Monson choke) in round one
155 lbs.: Marat Gafurov def. Mairbek Taisumov via split decision
155 lbs.: Mikhail Malyutin def. Renat Gasanov via TKO in round one
205 lbs.: Ramazan Emeev def. Alberta Duraeva by TKO in round one
170 lbs.: Vugar Bakhshiev def. Jerome Bouisson via submission (heel hook) in round one
145 lbs.: Pavel Vitruk def. Radoslaw Piechnik via unanimous decision
205 lbs.: Akhmed Sultanov def. Denis Goltsov via submission (heel hook) in round one
205 lbs.: Abdulmazhid Magomedov def. Davreka Isakova by TKO in round one
M-1: "Fedor vs. Rizzo" Blow-By-Blow Results:
265 lbs.: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Pedro Rizzo
Round one: Fedor throws a leg kick an then a nice straight left. Emelianenko wings a big right hand and Rizzo responds. Rizzo looks a bit uncomfortable and Fedor lands a huge leg kick then a monster right hand and Rizzo is hurt. Rizzo goes down and Fedor swarms him, landing punches and it's all over.
Final Result: Fedor Emelianenko defeats Pedro Rizzo via knockout in round one
265 lbs.: Guram Gugenishvili vs. Kenny Garner
Round one: Guram shoots in and scores a quick takedown. He advances to Garner's back and is hunting for a rear naked choke but can't get it. Garner escapes and he's on top briefly. He gets to his feet and throws a nice right hand and Gugenishvili is gassed. Guram throws a huge right hand that whiffs and he falls on his face. He looks exhausted. Garner pounces and lands some big punches. 10-9 Garner
Round two: Gugenishvili fires off a low kick and then a big right hand drops Garner briefly. Garner pops to his feet and throws a flurry of punches at Gugenishvili. Gugenishvili shoots in and takes Garner down, passing to his back and hunting for a rear naked choke but Garner perseveres and is now on top in side control. Garner drops some short punches and he's looking for a Kimura. He has the grip but Gugenishvili is throwing knees to the body from bottom. Garner is cranking on the arm but he gives up on it and drops some punches. They get reset and Garner presses forward throwing big bombs. Gugenishvili is completely gassed. 10-9 Garner
Round three: Push kick from Gugenishvili and he's moving in slow motion. Garner cracks Gugenishvili with a left hand and then a right. Garner is in full control right now and he's got Garner trapped against the ropes. Garner throws a flurry and Gugenishvili responds with a takedown, landing in Garner's full guard. Gugenishvili throws some punches from above and he postures up, passing to half guard and then full mount. Gugenishvili drops some left hands and now he's raining down some punches. Garner tries to buck him off but fails. Garner turtles and Gugenishvili transitions to an armbar. He's belly down and Garner somehow escapes and fires off a right hand. Garner's now on top and hunting for that keylock again. He gives up on it and throws some short knees to the body and the ref stands them up. The ref gives Gugenishvili a yellow card for taking too long to get to hsi feet. Garner swarms Gugenishvili and throws a big flurry of punches. Gugenishvili is covering up and he's hurt. Garner is unloading on Gugenishvili and Gugenishvili shoots for a takedown but Garner sprawls and drops more punches until the end of the round. I think Garner took the round back there with the way he finished the round. Gugenishvili's face is a mess and his left eye is swollen badly. 10-9 Garner
The fight is stopped after the third round as Guram Gugenishvili fails to answer the bell. Kenny Garner is the new M-1 heavyweight champion. Gugenishvili races down the steps and bails out of the arena as fast as he can.
Final Result: Kenny Garner defeats Guram Gugenishvili via TKO (retirement) at 5:00 of round three
155 lbs.: Daniel Weichel vs. Musa Khamanaev
Round one: Both men posture early and Khamanaev shoots in quickly hunting for a takedown. He scores it and is in Weichel's closed guard. Weichel brings his legs up and beautifully sweeps Khamanaev, actually taking his back in a scramble but Khamanaev slips out the back door. Khamanaev drops down with a huge right hand and is back in Weichel's guard. Khamanaev drops back for a heel hook and Weichel instantly taps. He's in some serious pain here. That was impressive.
Final Result: Musa Khamanaev defeats Daniel Weichel via submission (heel hook) in round one