Fedor Emelianenko’s probable MMA swan song is worth watching

Nearly two decades after he started, Fedor Emelianenko remains a relevant figure in mixed martial arts.

He’s no longer the greatest fighter in the world; not close, in fact. He’s 6-4 in his last 10 fights, against decidedly lesser competition than he’d faced during his prime when he was head and shoulders above any other heavyweight.

He got a gift win over Fabio Maldonado in 2016 that was later changed to a draw by the World Mixed Martial Arts Association. If you believe the WMMAA – Who? – he’s 5-4-1 in his last 10. If you believe the Russian MMA Union, he’s 6-4.

Either way, he’s a shell of the man he once was as he prepares to fight Chael Sonnen on Saturday at Bellator 208 in the second round of Bellator’s heavyweight grand prix tournament.

In facing Sonnen, Emelianenko will be meeting a guy who was everything he was not during his prime. Sonnen used his wits and his gift of gab to gain public attention, and though he lost the majority of his most significant bouts, his ability to sell a fight and a willingness to take on

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