Fedor announces retirement following Rizzo knockout

One of the greatest mixed martial artists in the history of the sport is hanging up his gloves.

It’s been announced that Fedor Emelianenko is retiring following a knockout of Pedro Rizzo at “M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Rizzo,” which took place last night at Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. Emelianenko leaves the sport with an overall 34-4 record in 12 years of professional competition.

The former PRIDE heavyweight champion left Rizzo in a heap just 84 seconds into their headlining bout. It was his third straight win since a knockout loss to Dan Henderson prompted his release from Strikeforce. His overall record in the promotion was 1-3.

Following Thursday’s knockout, Emelianenko was joined in the ring by his wife and daughter, as well as his trainers and managers. Russian president Vladimir Putin, who watched the event ringside, also paid his respects.

A report issued by Russian news outlet RIA Novosti quoted Emelianenko on his retirement: “My family influenced my decision. My daughters are growing without me, (and) that’s why it’s time to leave.”

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