‘Nothing to be ashamed of’: Tributes pour in for Fedor Emelianenko after shocking loss to Ryan Bader
Emelianenko, 42, who hinted at possible retirement this week, was knocked out just 35 seconds into the fight by American Ryan Bader on Saturday night in Inglewood, California.
And while no official announcement regading Fedor's career has been made yet, messages from MMA fighters and fans paying tribute to the legenday Russian have flooded social media.
Fedor :/— A1 Iaquinta🗽 (@ALIAQUINTA) January 27, 2019
Legend, save yourself— A1 Iaquinta🗽 (@ALIAQUINTA) January 27, 2019
I just dont understand how Fedor didnt see the left hook coming it all seemed too easy. Nonetheless, what a huge legacy, tremendous respect to him and an awesome career. Nothing left to prove at this point, greatest heavyweight MMA fighter ever.— J Rosevelt #PourItUp (@JRosevelt) January 27, 2019
Respect has been also diplayed towards Fedor's latest opponent, Bader who now became Bellator's first simultaneous two-division champion.
Ryan Bader is arguably the best fighter in Bellator, period.— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) January 27, 2019