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 ….
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.
Dana White comments on the Sale of the UFC, Fedor’s future in the UFC as well as Bisping/Henderon 2
UFC President Dana White was a guest on the inaugural episode of UFC Unfiltered podcast hosted by Jim Norton and Matt Serra. During his time on this show, White spoke about some of the hot topics circulating in the world of MMA recently, including the rumored sale of the UFC, the much talked about Fedor Emelianenko fight at EFN 50, and the future of new middleweight Champion Michael Bisping.
When asked about UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping, Dana White had very complementary things to say. He described Bisping’s win over Luke Rockhold as “one of the biggest upsets ever in the history of the UFC.” He went on to say “he has been in the UFC for 10 years, and he never turns down a fight, he is always in the top 10, you can never underestimate him.” Which is exactly what White thinks Luke Rockhold did coming into this title match. Later in the show, White spoke about the possibility of Bisping fighting fellow UFC 199 winning fighter Dan Henderson. This is a matchup that both Henderson and Bisping have been vocally campaigning for. White said that he was very impressed with the Henderson win over Hector Lombard, saying “at 45 years old for Dan Henderson to still be doing what he is doing, I mean, going into UFC 199 nobody was talking about that fight with Lombard, but I thought that it would probably end up as the fight of the night. These 2 guys are both guys who can end a fight with one punch, just blasting away at each other. It was awesome, and the love Dan got at the end, and I know a lot of people want to see that fight, but there are so many guys that we would have to jump over to do that, but most of them are hurt. Jacare is hurt, Weidman is hurt, Rockhold just lost, so I wouldn’t rule it out.” White went on to comment on the fact that Henderson had stated in the recent past that he may be close to retirement “He said win, lose, or draw he would retire, but he wins the belt I highly doubt he would retire.”
White was then asked about his thoughts on the EFN 50 fight this past weekend between Fedor Emelianenko and Fabio Maldonado, and to address the talks of Emelianenko finally joining the UFC roster. To this White said “It was a fun fight to watch. (The referee) were going to let him die before they stopped the fight, but it was a testament to how tough, durable, and mentally strong Fedor is. He was out and got back up. He has a chin and he’s a tough guy.” When asked about the probability of the UFC signing Fedor he said “we’ll see, we have been negotiating with him for many, many, many years. I’ll tell you this, Fight Pass did very well with the fight, people still want to watch Fedor.”
One of the biggest rumors circulating recently regarding the UFC is the possible sale of the multi-billion dollar company. Although White would not concretely comment to a yes or no, he simply reassured the employees of the company that they should not be worried. He called the ordeal surrounding the rumours of a sale “the most disruptive thing ever in the history of the company” and went on to say “everybody who works for me, let this be the last thing you worry about.” When asked about whether or not he would stay on if this possible sale goes through, he simply replied “don’t even worry about stuff like that.”
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