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Russian Fighter Shows American Audiences How it’s Done

9. November 2009 by Daniel 0 Comments

Ukrainian mixed martial artist Fedor Emelianenko broke onto to American scene Saturday night.  Literally.


In a two-round battle in which the American Brett Rogers bloodied Emelianenko’s nose, the man known as Russia’s “last emperor” knocked out his opponent  and showed American TV viewers why he is known internationally as “the baddest man on the planet.”


The ultimate fighting competition, which took place in Chicago and was broadcast live on CBS – a first since the sport was banned from American television last year due to its brutality – was viewed as Emelianenko’s chance to introduce himself to American audiences. The 33-year-old Ukrainian native has already developed an enthusiastic fan base elsewhere in the world, having been dubbed by some as the greatest mixed martial artist of all time.


After suffering a bloody nose in the fight’s opening round, Emelianenko returned with a vengeance in the second round and knocked out Rogers with a single punch. Asked afterward if he felt nervous or in danger at any point during the fight, Emelianenko replied simply, “no, never.”


Watch the full fight below.