The legendary career of Fedor Emelianenko came to a brutal end at the hands of Ryan Bader in the Main Event of Saturday’s Bellator 290. A first round TKO saw Bader retain his heavyweight championship on the first mixed martial arts card aired on CBS since 2010. Emelianenko’s early right hand had little success before a Bader right hand sent him crashing to the canvas. Bader was now in control, Emelianenko was already bleeding from a cut on the bridge of his nose before the knockdown and the bleeding intensified as Bader continued to drop elbows, hammerfists, and punches. Eventually, Emelianenko was left with no choice but to cover up as Bader continued to fire away, forcing the referee to step in and stop the fight at the 2:30 mark of Round 1.


Ryan Bader def. Fedor Emelianenko via first-round TKO (2:30) 

Johnny Eblen def. Anatoly Tokov via unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46 x2)

Brennan Ward def. Sabah Homasi via second-round TKO (1:34) 

Preliminary Card

Lorenz Larkin def. Mukhamed Berkhamov via first-round KO (1:41)

Henry Corrales def. Akhmed Magomedov via unanimous decision

Steve Mowry vs. Ali Isaev called a draw

Chris Gonzalez def. Max Rohskopf via second-round TKO

Grant Neal def. Karl Albrektsson via split decision

Diana Avsaragova def. Alejandra Lara via split decision

Nikita Mikhailov def. Darrion Caldwell via unanimous decision

The following bouts took place after the Bellator 290 main event:

Neiman Gracie def. Dante Schiro via unanimous decision

Jaylon Bates def. Jornel Lugo via split decision

Isaiah Hokit vs. Peter Ishiguro via unanimous decision

Yusuf Karakaya def. Ethan Hughes via unanimous decision


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