Bellator 290 Results And Video Highlights: Fedor’s Final Walk

The end of an era

On Saturday night under the lights at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, California, Bellator made their promotional debut on CBS with their first event of 2023, and 290th MMA card overall.

The show featured 14 high level bouts fights, and displayed supreme talent from top to bottom. But, given its legendary nature, most eyes were on the main event.

The main attraction served as Pride FC legend Fedor Emelianenko’s final fight, in which he squared off with UFC veteran, and Bellator heavyweight champion, Ryan Bader.

On this night, similarly to their first meeting, Fedor was no match for Bader. Things started off by Bader managing the striking distance well, moving in and out while landing stiff jabs and managing to stay out of the way of Fedor’s looping punches. Fedor stepped in and tried to force another looping blow, but Bader countered with a well-timed straight punch, dropping the Russian to the ground.

Once on the canvas, Bader went to work with strong ground and pound, but as he transitioned into the top half-guard position, it was truly the beginning of the end for ‘The Last Emperor’. Bader reached behind Fedor’s back and tied up one of his wrists, leaving very little opportunity to defend the strikes. From there, it took less than a minute for the champion to finish things off with devastating grounded punches.

While Fedor’s final appearance inside the cage did not go as he had hoped, this takes nothing away from the legendary career that he has had over the last two decades. Not only did he leave his mark on MMA, but he helped shape it into the sport that we have to enjoy today. In the eyes of many, Fedor will go down as one of the greatest fighters of all time, a true pioneer of combat sports.

“He put this sport on his back. That is a LEGEND right there, and I’m so glad I could be a part of his story.” – Ryan Bader

After the post fight interviews, other iconic former fighters, such as Mark Coleman, Josh Barnett, Randy Couture, and Chuck Liddell, gathered in the ring to congratulate Fedor as he laid down his gloves.

Official Result: Ryan Bader defeats Fedor Emelianenko via TKO (Ground and Pound) – Round 1, 2:30


Main Undercard Results and Highlights:

Johnny Eblen def. Anatoly Tokov via Decision (Unanimous)

Brennan Ward def.  Sabah Homasi via KO (Head Kick and Ground Strikes) – Round 2, 1:34

Preliminary Results:

Lorenz Larkin def. Mukhamed Berkhamov via KO (Elbow) – Round 1, 1:41

Henry Corrales def. Akhmed Magomedov via Decision (Unanimous)

Steve Mowry vs. Ali Isaev Ends in a Draw

Chris Gonzalez def. Max Rohskopf via KO (Right Cross and Ground Strikes) – Round 2, 1:22

Grant Neal def. Karl Albrektsson via Decision (Split)

Diana Avsaragova def. Alejandra Lara via Decision (Split)

Nikita Mikhailov def. Darrion Caldwell via Decision (Unanimous)

Postlim Results:

Neiman Gracie def. Dante Schiro via Decision (Unanimous)

Jaylon Bates def. Jornel Lugo via Decision (Split)

Isaiah Hokit def. Peter Ishiguro via Decision (Unanimous)

Yusuf Karakaya def. Ethan Hughes via Decision (Unanimous)

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