Bellator 237 – Fedor Emelianenko Ends Quinton Jackson With One Punch KO
Fedor Emelianenko made easy work of Quinton Jackson at Belator 237 co-main event at at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on Saturday night. Emelianenko hand “Rampage” his first knockout loss in 14 years after which he made some confusing statements about his future in the sport.
Emelianenko was nothing Jackson was prepared to face. He was exceptionally faster than Jackson, landed some fast combinations before sending his opponent face first to the canvas with a Haymaker and all this happened within three minutes of the opening round.
The Heavyweight co-headliner was aired on Paramount and streamed on DAZN live from the Saitama Super Arena. Japan
Emelianenko came out firing immediately the opening bell was sounded landed some quick multi punch combinations with a speed that gave Rampage Jackson visible issues, then found home a right hand that flattened the former UFC champion before the referee stepped in to stop the fight at exactly 2:33 of the opening round.
In his post fight speech, Emelianenco made a statement concerning his retirement through a translator, which was a little contradictory to what Bellator President Scott Coker had said concerning his retirement and the retirement tour planed for him.
“Perhaps my career stops here in Japan where I started,” Emelianenko said after the fight. “Thank you for supporting me in my career. This is the end of my tour.”
The translated information was spread through the MMA world like wild fire. Moments later it was clarified , the information was mis-translated and misinterpreted as the Russian implied that will be his last fight in Japan, which was where he started his career and built his legacy as PRIDE Champion.
Bellator 237 – FULL CARD RESULT
- Fedor Emelianenko def. Quinton Jackson – Knockout (punches) – Round 1, 2:33
- Michael Chandler def. Sidney Outlaw – Knockout (punches) in Round 1, 2:59
- Michael Page def. Shinsho Anzai – Knockout (punch) in Round 2, 0:23
- Lorenz Larkin def. Keita Nakamura – Unanimous decision – Scores (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
- Kana Watanabe def. Ilara Joanne – Technical KO (punches) in Round 3, 4:39
- Goiti Yamauchi def. Daron Cruickshank – Submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 1, 3:11