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MMA legends to honor Fedor in ceremony at Bellator 290: “A very special occasion”



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At Saturday’s Bellator 290, MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko enters the cage for the last time, to face heavyweight champion Ryan Bader.

Bellator President Scott Coker recently revealed that after the 47-year-old heavyweights retirement fight, there will be a sendoff ceremony including some of the sport’s biggest names, like Royce Gracie, Rampage Jackson, Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell.

“All these legends of the sport that really are the roots and the foundation of MMA started calling and we said, look, this is a very special occasion. We’re going to have all these O.G.s, legends from the days that really built MMA,” Coker said on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour.

“Fedor is The Last Emperor, and this is his last stand, and all these gentlemen will go into the cage as Fedor is probably saying his speech and he’s going to retire and they’re going to stand behind him and when Fedor gets up from putting his gloves down, they’re all going to be there to congratulate him.”

Check out the complete list of MMA legends below.


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Fedor Emeilianenko vs. Ryan Bader

*Bout order and number of fights can change.

Main card

  • Heavyweight title fight: Ryan Bader (c) vs. Fedor Emelianenko
  • Middleweight title fight: Johnny Eblen (c) vs. Anatoly Tokov
  • Welterweight: Sabah Homasi vs. Brennan Ward


  • Welterweight: Lorenz Larkin vs. Mukhamed Berkhamov
  • Lightweight: Chris Gonzalez vs. Max Rohskopf
  • Welterweight: Neiman Gracie vs. Michael Lombardo
  • Heavyweight: Steve Mowry vs. Ali Isaev
  • Bantamweight: Darrion Caldwell vs. Nikita Mikhailov
  • Featherweight: Henry Corrales vs. Akhmed Magomedov
  • Light heavyweight: Grant Neal vs. Karl Albrektsson
  • Bantamweight: Jaylon Bates vs. Jornel Lugo
  • Welterweight: Ethan Hughes vs. Yusuf Karakaya
  • Featherweight: Isaiah Hokit vs. Peter Ishiguro
  • Women’s Flyweight: Alejandra Lara vs. Diana Avsaragova

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