Emelianenko faced the UFC vet today in the main event of EFN 50, which went down in St. Petersburg, Russia. At first, it looked like Emelianenko might score the early stoppage, as he peppered Maldonado with winging punches along the cage.
Maldonado covered up and defended well, however, and proceeded to drop Emelianenko with a shot as he waded in. From there, Maldonado battered the Russian star with punches from above, and if the fight would have been stopped, no one could have complained.
Emelianenko staggered back to his feet, however, and somehow, managed to make it out of the first round.
In rounds two and three, Emelianenko proceeded to bloody Maldonado with strikes, and won the majority of the exchanges. But, since the opening round was clearly a 10-8 for Maldonado, most likely thought a draw was coming.
Only one ref went that way, however, and since two judges scored it 29-28 for Fedor, he received the majority decision win.
So now it will be interesting to see how this impacts Fedor’s future, as the star has said he’s negotiating with the UFC. This performance certainly won’t add to his bargaining power, although, the fight was ridiculously entertaining.
The victory is Emelianenko’s second since he returned to fighting last year, after retiring initially in 2012.