January 24, 2009
Keep lining them up. Fedor Emelianenko will take down all comers with ease.
Andrei Arlovski looked to be giving the stoic Russian some trouble on his feet in the Affliction: Day of Reckoning main event, but Emelianenko, the World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts champion, never really blinked. Arlovski pushed Fedor into the corner with a right hand and a front kick.
When Arlovski got aggressive and tried a flying knee, Fedor blasted him with an overhand right hand that appeared to lift Arlovski further into the Honda Center air. Emelianenko (29-1, 1 no-contest) knocked the former UFC heavyweight champ out cold. Referee John McCarthy stopped the fight at 3:14 of the first. While Fedor's supporters rushed into the ring he simply walked to the opposite corner and stared into the crowd as Arlovski laid face first on the mat.
It had to finish this way. From Fedor's stoicism to the scene set for the main event by Fedor's music, it was surreal. The booming Russian tune playing during his entrance was reminiscent of the character "Drago" from Rocky IV. Then instead of an imposing 6-foot-5, 300-pound blond walking into the ring, a guy who looks like your chubby neighbor is standing across from Arlovski.
Arlovski (14-6) landed good shots and looked very dangerous, but Fedor just kept stalking him with hands in a very low position. As the fight drifted to the corner, you'll never see a more serene fighter than Fedor. It's pretty amazing when a 6-5, 237-pounder is lobbing bombs your way.
That makes it two former UFC heavyweight champs that Fedor has destroyed fighting under the Affliction banner. He beat Tim Sylvia in 36 seconds at Affliction 1 in July.
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