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Fedor Emelianenko makes it three in a row with finish of Pedro Rizzo, retires from MMA

Heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko has indeed decided to hang up his gloves after one of the most impressive runs in MMA. However, despite struggling to find success in Strikeforce, he at least went out on a high note thanks to a three-fight winning streak under his belt. Emelianenko took to the ring earlier today in Russia where he faced fellow veteran Pedro Rizzo and made quick work of the 38-year old Brazilian after landing a stiff overhand right followed up by some of his famously ferocious ground-and-pound.

Officially, Emelianenko only needed 84 seconds to dispatch of the 19-10 Rizzo who himself entered the bout with a trio of consecutive victories. However, the fight was the first for Rizzo in a little less than two years and clearly the absence from competition showed.

Emelianenko improved his overall record to 34-4 with his knockout of Rizzo, the tenth of his illustrious career.

Read below for a full list of results from M-1 Presents: Fedor vs. Rizzo:

Marat Gafurov def. Mairbek Taisumov via Split Decision
Mikhail Malyutin def. Renat Gasanov via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Ramazan Emeev def. Alberta Duraeva via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Vugar Bakhshiev def. Jerome Bouisson via Submission Round 1 (Heel Hook)
Pavel Vitruk def. Radoslaw Piechnik via Unanimous Decision
Akhmed Sultanov def. Denis Goltsov via Submission Round 1 (Heel Hook)
Abdulmazhid Magomedov def. Davreka Isakova via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Musa Khamanaev def. Daniel Weichel via Submission Round 1 (Heel Hook)
Jeff Monson def. Denis Komkin via Submission Round 1 (North-South Choke)
Kenny Garner def. Guram Gugenishvill via TKO Round 3 (Doctor’s Stoppage)
Fedor Emelianenko def. Pedro Rizzo via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)

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