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June 22, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Fedor Emelianenko, a Russian bear of a mixed martial arts heavyweight whose greatness includes the asterisk of never participating in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, announced his retirement after a Thursday night fight in his home country. “I think it is time I quit,” Emelianenko said in a story by Russian news site Ria Novosti after a first-round triumph over former UFC fighter Pedro Rizzo. “My family influenced my decision. My daughters are growing without me. That's why it's time to leave.” An intriguing athlete who boasted the rare combination of powerful brawn, lightning punching and wrestling speed polished in his secluded Siberian training camp, Emelianenko, 35, owned victories over three men who held the UFC heavyweight belt, Andrei Arlovski, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Tim Sylvia.
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June 22, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Fedor Emelianenko, a Russian bear of a mixed martial arts heavyweight whose greatness includes the asterisk of never participating in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, announced his retirement after a Thursday night fight in his home country. “I think it is time I quit,” Emelianenko said in a story by Russian news site Ria Novosti after a first-round triumph over former UFC fighter Pedro Rizzo. “My family influenced my decision. My daughters are growing without me. That's why it's time to leave.” An intriguing athlete who boasted the rare combination of powerful brawn, lightning punching and wrestling speed polished in his secluded Siberian training camp, Emelianenko, 35, owned victories over three men who held the UFC heavyweight belt, Andrei Arlovski, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Tim Sylvia.
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July 29, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
Fedor Emelianenko, called by some the Babe Ruth of mixed martial arts, has fans wondering whether his star has fallen.  After winning 27 fights in a row, the MMA fighter has lost his last two, according to Yahoo News, leading some to doubts as to whether he can beat Dan Henderson in Saturday's Strikeforce card at the Sears Center in Chicago. Emelianenko had actually raised the possibility of retiring before instead deciding to take on the two-time Olympic wrestler. Boxers and other fighters always seem to want to stay in the game even though their coaches and peers tell them it's time to quit -- and often, they suffer a heavy physical toll for it. Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, who suffers from Parkinson's, might be the most well-known example.
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July 29, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
Fedor Emelianenko, called by some the Babe Ruth of mixed martial arts, has fans wondering whether his star has fallen.  After winning 27 fights in a row, the MMA fighter has lost his last two, according to Yahoo News, leading some to doubts as to whether he can beat Dan Henderson in Saturday's Strikeforce card at the Sears Center in Chicago. Emelianenko had actually raised the possibility of retiring before instead deciding to take on the two-time Olympic wrestler. Boxers and other fighters always seem to want to stay in the game even though their coaches and peers tell them it's time to quit -- and often, they suffer a heavy physical toll for it. Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, who suffers from Parkinson's, might be the most well-known example.
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June 26, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
Reporting from San Jose -- The rapid turn of events that led Fabricio Werdum to claim perhaps the most shocking upset in mixed martial arts history Saturday night over Fedor Emelianenko is what makes fans of the growing sport so rabid. Anything can happen at any second. So it was Saturday at HP Pavilion, where a nearly full house was stunned as Emelianenko knocked Werdum to the mat in the opening seconds of the fight with a hard right hand, then found his head locked in a Werdum leg wrap.
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June 25, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
Amid questions about his reasoning for not joining the Ultimate Fighting Championship and finding himself in the next-best organization on its next-best television network, Fedor Emelianenko stared pointedly at his interviewer. Piercing blue eyes glare forward. Lips burned by icy Russian winters flatten in a cold, expressionless face scarred by fighting. "I've seen that look," said Steve Bash, a Los Angeles representative of Emelianenko's promotional company, M-1. "It's like he's killed before."
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November 7, 2009 | Lance Pugmire
CBS will resume televising mixed martial arts Saturday night by airing a Strikeforce promotion headlined by Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko fighting unbeaten American Brett Rogers. The card from Sears Centre Arena, near Chicago, will be shown tape-delayed at 9 p.m. Pacific time. It also will feature a middleweight fight between Jason Miller and Jake Shields and a heavyweight bout pitting Antonio Silva against Fabricio Werdum. CBS formerly aired cards promoted by the now-defunct organization Elite Xtreme Combat.
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June 18, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Fabricio Werdum had his Buster Douglas moment, and he's confident the similarities stop there. Last June, Werdum shocked the mixed martial arts world with his upset of previously unbeaten Fedor Emelianenko — just as Douglas had done in boxing when he knocked out then-unbeaten heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in 1990. What Douglas found — and couldn't handle — is that tomorrow comes. "The only good time was me winning the fight and them announcing me as the new heavyweight champion of the world," Douglas said in a telephone interview this week.
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January 25, 2009 | KURT STREETER
Ghost of Mike Tyson's past, make room for Fedor. Many have said that the cold-blooded Tyson we knew in his days of real damage had nothing on today's mixed martial arts dynamo, Fedor Emelianenko. Saturday night at the Honda Center, the burly Russian with the assassin's gaze underscored this view with a coldcock right hand for the ages, a punch that knocked out Andrei Arlovski, dropping the challenger like a bag of stones tossed from a bridge. The blow came toward the end of a tense first round.
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November 8, 2009 | Associated Press
Fedor Emelianenko stopped Brett Rogers in the second round in a Strikeforce M-1 Global heavyweight bout Saturday night. Emelianenko (31-1) landed a right hook that sent Rogers (10-1) down to the mat, and Emelianenko followed with a set of punches to Rogers' face. Referee John McCarthy ended the fight at 1:48 in the second round. "If Brett would like to have a rematch, why not?" Emelianenko said through an interpreter after the fight. The win didn't come easy for Emelianenko.
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June 18, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Fabricio Werdum had his Buster Douglas moment, and he's confident the similarities stop there. Last June, Werdum shocked the mixed martial arts world with his upset of previously unbeaten Fedor Emelianenko — just as Douglas had done in boxing when he knocked out then-unbeaten heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in 1990. What Douglas found — and couldn't handle — is that tomorrow comes. "The only good time was me winning the fight and them announcing me as the new heavyweight champion of the world," Douglas said in a telephone interview this week.
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June 26, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
Reporting from San Jose -- The rapid turn of events that led Fabricio Werdum to claim perhaps the most shocking upset in mixed martial arts history Saturday night over Fedor Emelianenko is what makes fans of the growing sport so rabid. Anything can happen at any second. So it was Saturday at HP Pavilion, where a nearly full house was stunned as Emelianenko knocked Werdum to the mat in the opening seconds of the fight with a hard right hand, then found his head locked in a Werdum leg wrap.
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June 25, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
Amid questions about his reasoning for not joining the Ultimate Fighting Championship and finding himself in the next-best organization on its next-best television network, Fedor Emelianenko stared pointedly at his interviewer. Piercing blue eyes glare forward. Lips burned by icy Russian winters flatten in a cold, expressionless face scarred by fighting. "I've seen that look," said Steve Bash, a Los Angeles representative of Emelianenko's promotional company, M-1. "It's like he's killed before."
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May 29, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
When he bought the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Lorenzo Fertitta was sold not only on the organization's growth potential in producing compelling fights, but also on his notion that fans deserved more from major sports' ownership. In giving his UFC keynote speech to a crowd among the nearly 60,000 who piled into the UFC Fan Expo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on Saturday, Fertitta detailed his latest steps in satisfying the masses. "There won't be a more interactive sport on television," Fertitta said.
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November 10, 2009 | Lance Pugmire
A heavyweight fight between Fedor Emelianenko and Brock Lesnar is the bout most mixed martial arts fans want to see, but contractual obligations and medical problems are likely to prevent a showdown between the two for another year, Emelianenko's camp said Monday. Emelianenko survived a cut nose Saturday to retain his unofficial standing as the top MMA heavyweight in the world by defeating Brett Rogers in a second-round technical knockout. He closed the victory with a stand-up, right-handed punch, then pounced on Rogers to deliver a left-right combination on the canvas before the referee ended the fight.
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November 8, 2009 | Associated Press
Fedor Emelianenko stopped Brett Rogers in the second round in a Strikeforce M-1 Global heavyweight bout Saturday night. Emelianenko (31-1) landed a right hook that sent Rogers (10-1) down to the mat, and Emelianenko followed with a set of punches to Rogers' face. Referee John McCarthy ended the fight at 1:48 in the second round. "If Brett would like to have a rematch, why not?" Emelianenko said through an interpreter after the fight. The win didn't come easy for Emelianenko.
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July 19, 2008 | Dan Arritt
Fedor Emelianenko, considered the world's top heavyweight mixed martial artist, weighed in on an elevated stage Friday, a rock 'n' roll drum set perched in the background. Donald Trump, still clad in golf attire from a late-morning round, watched from the side as Michael Buffer called out Emelianenko's weight at 230 pounds. Hundreds of fans cheered and held up cellphone cameras inside Honda Center in Anaheim, making it clear whom they came to see.
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July 20, 2008 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
Red and white lights created a rose-colored glow inside the Honda Center in Anaheim, a fog machine sent wafts of vapor through the arena and a distinctly Orange County crowd filled every available seat. There was nothing artificial about Affliction's first fight card, however. The apparel company-turned-mixed martial arts producer turned up the volume as Saturday night wore on, and so did the sellout crowd of 13,988 during the final three bouts.
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November 7, 2009 | Lance Pugmire
CBS will resume televising mixed martial arts Saturday night by airing a Strikeforce promotion headlined by Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko fighting unbeaten American Brett Rogers. The card from Sears Centre Arena, near Chicago, will be shown tape-delayed at 9 p.m. Pacific time. It also will feature a middleweight fight between Jason Miller and Jake Shields and a heavyweight bout pitting Antonio Silva against Fabricio Werdum. CBS formerly aired cards promoted by the now-defunct organization Elite Xtreme Combat.
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July 25, 2009 | Lance Pugmire
Affliction Entertainment on Friday canceled its Aug. 1 mixed martial arts card in Anaheim because it could not find a suitable replacement opponent to fight Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko. Three days after Affliction learned that Emelianenko's opponent, Josh Barnett, tested positive for steroids, company vice president Tom Atencio scrapped its plans for a third Fedor-led show at the Honda Center. "Finding an opponent for the No.
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