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Watch: Fedor Stops Singh in Round 1

Fedor Emelianenko
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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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fr1MCcx6ldU

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.

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