Blame Dan Henderson?
Former PRIDE Fighting Championship heavyweight champion, Fedor Emelianenko, was knocked out by Ryan Bader at the Bellator 214 event last weekend in Inglewood, Calif., in just 35 seconds of the opening frame.
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Whether or not that has to do with the fact that “The Last Emperor” is 42 years old and more than 40 fights into his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career is unknown, but Henderson believes Emelianenko’s best days are behind him.
“Damn good job from Bader, for sure. Fedor’s had kind of a suspect chin,” Henderson told Fight Hub TV. “He’s still super dangerous. I figured [Bader] would win but not quite in that manner. It seems like [Fedor] could be all used up, unfortunately, I would love to see him out there more, but...”
Henderson destroyed Emelianenko with his patented H-bomb under the Strikeforce banner back in summer 2011. It was the last time the Russian Sambo specialist would compete in North America before his Bellator MMA debut nearly six years later.
Following his loss to “Hendo,” Emelianenko put together five straight wins and currently sits at 2-2 under the Bellator banner, with wins over Chael Sonnen and Frank Mir. Where he goes from here, remains to be seen.