Emelianenko was making his return to American soil to take on the home grown star of Mitrione in the co-main event of Bellator NYC.
Despite Matt Mitrione being in New York City, the crowd seemed largely to be behind Fedor. This proved crucial, as Mitrione was able to scramble quickly to his knees and fire a vicious follow-up salvo that rendered Emelianenko completely unconscious.
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Considering how much punishment he took against Maldonado and the severity of his knockout loss to Mitrione tonight, it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see Fedor head back into retirement. Emelianenko (36-5) bent forward and tried to grab hold of Mitrione's lower body to slow him down.
Once Mitrione signed with Bellator MMA, there was some speculation that he would be the next heavyweight champion for the promotion. Until the fight started...
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It was a satisfying result to a fight that was supposed to happen in February. When Emelianenko went limp and sagged to the canvas, the fight was over.
Mitrione has won all three of his fights in Bellator since ending his last UFC run on a two-fight win streak, but the win against Emelianenko marks the biggest win of Mitrione's MMA career. Since joining Bellator MMA previous year, Mitrione holds wins over Carl Seumanutafa by KO, Oil Thompson via TKO and now Emelianenko.
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Mitrione recalled in the post-fight interview seeing Emelianenko on his back and knew he had a golden opportunity to end the fight early.
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