Each day, The MMA Corner will provide a recap of results, event announcements, fight matchups, and injuries/cancellations from throughout the world of MMA.
After knocking out Pedro Rizzo on Thursday under the M-1 Global banner, Fedor Emelianenko announced his retirement.
“I think it is time I quit,” Emelianenko said.
Emelianenko retires with an MMA record of 34-4.
Brett Rogers made weight for his Bellator debut tomorrow night against Kevin Asplund at Bellator 71.
The rest of the main card made weight, with Chris Davis and Travis Wiuff headlining. Bellator 71′s main card kicks off on MTV2 at 8 p.m. eastern.
Full Weigh-in Results:
Main Card (MTV2)
Chris Davis (204.6) vs. Travis Wiuff (206)
Zelg Galesic (205) vs. Attila Vegh (204.6)
Roy Boughton (205.6) vs. Emanuel Newton (204.6)
Tim Carpenter (204.2) vs. Beau Tribolet (204.6)
Brett Rogers (264.8) vs. Kevin Asplund (246.8)
Preliminary Card (Spike.com)
Dan Spohn (206) vs. Josh Stansbury (204.2)
Duane Bastress (184.8) vs. Jason Butcher (186)
Chris Goldbaugh (189.2) vs. Kevin Zalac (189.4) – 190-pound catchweight
Neil Johnson (146) vs. Brylan Van Artsdalen (145.2)
MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko knocked out Pedro Rizzo in the first round of the M-1 Global event.
The win puts Emelianenko on a three-fight winning streak, and it’s his first knockout victory since he knocked out Brett Rogers at a Strikeforce/M-1 Global event in 2009.
Fedor Emelianenko def. Pedro Rizzo via KO, Rd. 1 (1:24)
Kenny Garner def. Guram Gugenishvili via TKO (doctor’s stoppage), Rd. 3 (5:00)
Musa Khamanaev def. Daniel Weichel via heel hook submission, Rd. 1 (1:48)
Jeff Monson def. Denis Komkin via north-south choke submission, Rd.1 (1:58)
Marat Gafurov def. Mairbek Taisumov via split decision
Mikhail Malyutin def. Renat Gasanov via TKO, Rd. 1 (4:16)
The UFC will likely return to Rio de Janiero in October for UFC 153.
The UFC’s managing director of international development, Marshall Zelaznik, revealed the news at the UFC 147 press conference held in Brazil today.
“I would anticipate championship fights coming regularly and often to Brazil,” Zelaznik said. “We have big plans in the new year. We have another event coming this year, so you can expect to see a lot more from the UFC in Brazil.”
Photo: Fedor Emelianenko (M-1 Global)