Bellator 290: Fedor Emelianenko dominated by Ryan Bader in final fight (Video)

The career of Fedor Emelianenko ends with loss to Ryan Bader in Bellator 290 heavyweight championship main event

Even arguably the greatest of all time in this sport will go out on his back.

In a fight that lasted longer but was more one-sided than their original encounter, Ryan Bader successfully retained the Bellator heavyweight championship against the legendary Fedor Emelianenko in Emelianenko’s retirement fight at Bellator 290.

Bader will go down in history as the only man to have defeated Emelianenko twice.

Bellator 290: Ryan Bader sends Fedor Emelianenko into retirement with first-round finish

Bader got the better of Emelianenko early on, landing several times on Emelianenko, whose hands were noticeably down. A right hand from Bader dropped Emelianenko, with Bader going into top position.

Bader continued to bust up Emelianenko on the ground, with blood going into Emelianenko’s eyes and the nose of “The Last Emperor” seemingly broken.

In less than three minutes, the referee stopped the fight.

Bellator 290: Ryan Bader vs. Fedor Emelianeko took place on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, live from the Kia Forum, Los Angeles, CA. Follow along with FanSided MMA for all your news and highlights.