EFN 50 this past weekend saw the return of MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko. Although his win over Fabio Maldonado was tinged with a little controversy, there was one man who instantly became a favourite in the eyes of every viewer – the commentator for the evening, Roman Mazyrov. The Russian had social media alight with some of his musings throughout fight night, and here is a selection of some of them.
“Excuse my French ladies and gentlemen. This is nearly terrific!”
“The referee asks for action and, of course, we agree with him.”
“That was a Sparkling fight!”
“They crushed each others faces into blood.”
“Excellent overhand…but not good.”
“He reminds me of the big country (Roy Nelson), except he doesn’t have the beard or the hair.”
At numerous points he referred to a fighter throwing “the mailman combination.”
“When he fought that… I don’t remember that Indian guy’s name” (Referring to when Fedor fought Jaideep Singh in RIZIN.
And, of course, what has almost become his catchphrase – “That was unexpectable.”
However, perhaps Mazyrov’s finest performance was reserved for the main event fight between Fedor and Maldonado. He clearly went through an emotional rollercoaster during the fight. Fedor started fast, hurting Maldonado and looking for the finish, much to the excitement of our commentator.
“Nice striking by Fedor Emelianenko! And I think it’s going to be all over! Look at this! That’s Fedor’s work! Oh what a body punch by Fedor! What a start by Fedor Emelianenko. That is The Last Emperor. Good combination. So heavy hands, so much knockouts from our Russian legend………Fabio Maldonado is stunned, he’s upset. I don’t know what to say…….. I think that Fabio Maldonado is still thinking how to survive, how to get out of the octagon alive!
However, something, dare I say “unexpectable” happened next. Maldonado, seemingly close to being finished, turned the tables, dropping Fedor and got close to earning a finish of his own. Mazyrov was clearly shocked by proceedings.
“Look at this! What’s happening? Fedor is…….. stop the fight! No Viktor Korneev didn’t stop the fight. Oh my gosh, Fedor Emelianenko is on his back! He’s fighting back! This could be a sensation! Fabio Maldonado is on top! Oh my god! Oh my goodness! Look what is happening! That was just nearly unexpectable. From the left hook from Fabio Maldonado. I can’t believe my eyes, what is going on? Fedor Emelianenko is so close to another loss. But we all know Fedor Emelianenko’s character. But Fabio Maldonado is ready to finish Fedor. Fedor Emelianenko is stunned, he can’t see the punches. He eats these punches! I can’t believe my eyes, what’s going on? Oh my goodness, Viktor Korneev is just right beside The Last Emperor, who is going to be uncrowned now.
When Fedor started to somewhat regain his senses and fight back, Mazyrov got very excited.
“Yes! Yes! Come on! Come on! Go Emelianenko! Good strike from The Last Emperor! And good attack from Fabio Maldonado, once again!”
The action slowed somewhat after that crazy opening round, and Mazyrov was left pondering one question in particular from the second round on.
“I wonder why Fabio Maldonado stop fighting? Why doesn’t he attack? What’s wrong with him? Fedor Emelianenko steps forward, nice combinations again! But Fabio Maldonado is still alright, he is still dangerous. Good combination! But Fabio Maldonado doesn’t fight back, I wonder why?” His confusion was further compounded when Fedor threw a body kick, only to fall to the canvas. Maldonado did not take advantage, however, allowing the Russian to get back to his feet. “Nice body kick. Fabio Maldonado is waiting until The Last Emperor will stand up? I don’t know what’s going on! What the hell is going on in the octagon?”
At the beginning of the third round, the commentator thought aloud on why Maldonado’s output had slowed. “I know that Fabio Maldonado respects the legend, but this is sport.”
He also gave us a translation of the crowd’s chanting. “The crowd is shouting ‘Fyedor, Fyedor.’ That means Fedor.”
As the action began to draw to a close, with both fighters bloodied and visibly tired, Mazyrov returned to his earlier hypothesis. “Fedor is exhausted and I don’t know what to say about Fabio. If he is exhausted or if he just doesn’t want to beat the legend.”
Needless to say, Mazyrov was not overly impressed with the performance of Fedor Emelianenko, who he seemed to suggest fought a hand picked opponent and struggled, doubting that this fight would earn “The Last Emperor” a contract with the UFC. “After that, of course, I’m not sure that Fedor Emelianenko will be signed in the UFC unfortunately. This fight for Fedor Emelianenko had to be an easy money.”
Mazyrov was honest and forthcoming with his opinion on how Fedor looked, and he made his feelings very clear to everyone. “There is no reason for Fedor to be proud of himself.”
If you want to re-live the action from EFN 50, as well as hear more from one of the most talked about commentating performances in recent memory, you can do so on UFC Fight Pass.
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Due to the response to this article on Reddit, here are some particular favourite quotes that were submitted by users on the site.
- From user informate – “Look at Ruben Wolf’s face. It’s quite broken in many pieces.” which was also followed by “I feel pain when I see his face.”
- More from informate – “The most, the strongest fighter in MMA of all time, Fedor Emelianenko.” Then, a quite graphic description by Mazyrov of Fedor’s facial injuries suffered at the hands of Maldonado. “The ruined face of Fedor Emelianenko.”
- User LastRevision liked the one from the an early fight between Dioginis “Overeem” Souza and Risul Mirzaev “Excuse my French, ladies and gentlemen. This is nearly terrific!”
- User kgs1977 recalled a moment during the earlier portion of the card when it appears that actress Bai Ling joined Mazyrov at the commentary booth, causing Mazyrov to ignore the in cage action to strike up a conversation with her. “Do you like Vodka? And will you be at the after party?“
- User Dio331 recalled the commentator talking about UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov, with a slightly confusing statement, which was likely caused by English not being his first language. “Khabib Nurmagomedov is ready and all injuries are back.”
Bellator 172: Fedor Emelianenko to fight Matt Mitrione
Fedor Emelianenko, The Last Emperor, will return once again.
For the first time since July 2011, Fedor Emelianenko, also known as “The Last Emperor,” will fight in the United States as he will take on former UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione on February 18 at Bellator 172. The future main event was announced during tonight’s Bellator 165 telecast.
Emelianenko (36-4, 1 NC), arguably the best MMA heavyweight of all time, has a long list of accolades to his name. The 40-year old Russian is a former Pride champion and four-time combat sambo world champion. Although he has wins over a who’s who of MMA legends including Andrei Arlovski and Mark Hunt, not to mention two victories over Antõnio Rodrigo Nogueira, Emelianenko seemed to lose his career-defining dominance in Strikeforce, Bellator President’s Scott Coker’s former promotion, where he lost three consecutive fights to of Dan Henderson, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, and Fabricio Werdum. Since his losing-streak, the Russian is 5-0 and coming off a controversial victory over Fabio Maldonado.
Following a fourteen-fight tenure in the UFC, Matt Mitrione has found a home in Bellator. The Purdue University product has knockout victories over Carl Seumanutafa and Oli Thompson, both of which occurred within the first ten minutes and in a matter of 23 days. Mitrione has two win streaks of over three-fights in his young career and will be looking for another early next year.
Bellator 172 opens up the promotion’s star-studded 2017 calendar year. In January, former UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen will settle a feud with former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz at Bellator 170. Bellator 172 will take place at SAP Center in San Jose, California.
Matt Mitrione Targetted for Fedor Emelianenko’s Bellator Debut
When Fedor Emelianenko appeared on the Bellator Dynamite broadcast on September 19, 2015, to announce his official return to MMA with Rizin in Japan, fans questioned whether the Last Emperor would eventually set foot inside the Bellator cage on American soil. It appears that moment is now closer than ever.
FloCombat reported today that a bout between one of the sport’s all-time greats and former UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione is being targeted for early 2017. While there has been no official confirmation from Bellator at this time, the report states that the booking is close to completion.
Emelianenko has not fought in the United States since his 2011 defeat to Dan Henderson completed a career first three-fight losing streak, and pushed the former PRIDE heavyweight champion one step closer to retirement.
The Russian superstar would eventually hang up the gloves in 2012 following a first round defeat of former UFC standout Pedro Rizzo. Talk of a return never truly died though, and speculation turned into reality when Emelianenko stepped back into the ring with Rizin on New Year’s Eve in Saitama, Japan. Jaideep Singh provided the opposition that night and was dispatched with ease.
Emelianenko’s return voyage into testy heavyweight waters has not been all plain sailing, with his follow up bout against Fabio Maldonado proving more difficult, and ultimately ending in controversial fashion. While Emelianenko was awarded the majority decision in St. Petersburg, Russia, many felt that the fight should have been stopped in the first round and questioned the judge’s decision to award Emelianenko the bout.
Should the bout with Mitrione come to fruition, it will represent a chance for Emelianenko to silence some of the doubters. Having won three of his last five inside the UFC’s octagon, against Shawn Jordan, Derrick Lewis and Gabriel Gonzaga, and winning his first two inside the Bellator cage, Mitrione remains a top 15 heavyweight and is arguably a tougher opponent than Maldonado before him.
Historically, Emelianenko remains the most dominant heavyweight in the history of the sport, yet holds only a modest 4-3 record on American soil. A bout with Mitrione will tell us plenty about where both fighters are at in their respective careers at this point.
Maldonado formally appeal Fedor EFN 50 fight result to WMMA
It has been revealed today that Fabio Maldonado has launched a stunning appeal to the WMMA about the result of his fight with Fedor Emelianenko on June 17th at Fight Nights 50.
That evening, Fedor Emelianenko was awarded a win by the judges despite suffering a terrible first round where he was dropped and very lucky not to be stopped by the referee. Fedor Emelianenko went on to recover and battle through rounds two and three and when the fight ended he was awarded the victory by the cage side judges.
It’s worthing noting at this point, that the majority of media (as per www.MMADecisions.com) judged that the fight should be scored a draw 28-28.
In the immediate aftermath, it appeared that the Maldonado camp would accept the result but it has been revealed today that they have formally approached the World Mixed Martial Arts association via e-mail to appeal the result of the fight.
In the mail, Maldonado’s team claim that the fight should be ruled a draw or a win to Maldonado and that they were ‘surprised’ to learn that all the judges were Russian and that they were employed my Fedor Emelianenko by the Russian MMA union which Fedor is president of. They also drew particular attention to the fact that Radmir Gabdullin was the head judge and that he had a big conflict of interest given that he is the Russian MMA Union’s vice-president.
The letter asks that a fair judgement of the fight is made by an independent panel of international judges and that the result is changed depending on their judgement and not the original judging of the fight. The full e-mail to the WMMA can be seen below ….
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