Over the last 10 years or so, MMA has become more popular, and with this surge in popularity, the fanbase has also grown.
It is quite fitting then that Fedor Emelianenko will make his final bout on Saturday, 4th February 2023 live on CBS at 9 PM ET.
The Mixed Martial Arts scene is set to witness a noteworthy event, as Emelianenko is going to face Ryan Bader, who is the reigning heavyweight champion.
Fedor’s popularity is still strong, despite his advancing years. This may be difficult for those who look at the unassuming 46-year-old man.
Emelianenko, known as “The Last Emperor,” has an impressive resume to rival the very best of them. During the first decade of the 21st century, Fedor Emelianenko was involved in 33 fights and only suffered one defeat.
That loss is remembered by many MMA fans as it happened in Japan only 17 seconds into the fight. And yet, Emelianenko was victorious against some of the most noteworthy heavyweights of his era.
When speaking with ESPN’s Jeff Wagenheim, this is what Emelianenko had to say about his upcoming fight:
“Everything that happened last time happened very, very quickly. It didn’t go my way [after losing to Ryan Bader in 35 seconds], for sure. Of course, I didn’t get any younger [since then]. But I hope, even at 46 years old, I can give him a fight….Doesn’t matter what happens Saturday — I am going to be done.”