Displaying his famed hand speed, Fedor Emelianenko dominated Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson at the Super Saitama Arena in Tokyo, Japan en route to a first-round KO.
With both main event fighters legendary figures in the Japanese MMA scene in particular, Bellator 237’s main event showcased why ‘The Last Emporer’ was the one who reigned over the mid-2000s heavyweight division with impunity.
Fizzing in combinations and a slew of uppercuts, Emelianenko looked a level above Jackson who rarely got any offence in, if at all.
As the fight became more and more clear that there would only be one winner, Emelianenko landed a crisp right hand that sent ‘Rampage’ to his knees and to his first KO loss in 14 years.
Fedor Emelianenko def. Quinton Jackson via KO (Round 1, 2:33)
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Michael Page def. Shinsho Anzai via KO (Round 2, 0:23)
Lorenz Larkin def. Keita Nakamura via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Kana Watanabe def. Ilara Joanne via TKO (Round 3, 4:39)
Goiti Yamauchi def. Daron Cruickshank via submission (rear-naked choke) (Round 1, 3:11)