Fedor Emelianenko is officially 1-0 since making his return to mixed martial arts.
“The Last Emperor” took on Jaideep Singh at RIZIN Fighting Federation’s New Year’s Eve event at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan.
A veteran kickboxer, Singh entered just his third professional mixed martial arts contest when facing a man considered by many to be the greatest fighter of all time. The lack of experience was apparent from the start of the contest, as the 6-foot-6 28-year-old was unable to contend with Emelianenko’s ground game, resulting in a ground-and-pound TKO a little more than three minutes into the contest.
It was Emelianenko’s first fight in over three years. He was last seen knocking out Pedro Rizzo at an M-1 Global event in 2012, the third consecutive victory since suffering the first three-fight losing streak of his professional career. Considered the best heavyweight fighter on the planet throughout the 2000s, Emelianenko struggled to see his success transition into the United States, suffering a first-round submission defeat to Fabricio Werdum, a second-round doctor’s stoppage TKO to Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and a first-round knockout to Dan Henderson.
Emelianenko first announced plans for a return to the sport over the summer in 2015. It was heavily speculated “The Last Emperor” would finally decide to bring his talents to the UFC, only to throw a curveball and announce plans for a reunion with his former PRIDE FC boss Noboyuki Sakakibara.
RIZIN officials have yet to announce plans for a future opponent for their famed heavyweight fighter.