Dream Video: Fedor Emelianenko Knocks out Satoshi Ishii

Sean SmithAnalyst IDecember 31, 2011

Looking to regain relevance in the heavyweight division, Fedor Emelianenko picked up his second straight victory Saturday morning at Dream: Fight for Japan. 

Showing much more patience than usual, Emelianenko plodded forward and put Satoshi Ishii away with a straight right hand. The win marked Emelianenko's eighth knockout in a 33-win career that once saw the Russian being considered the best fighter in the history of the sport.

After Emelianenko suffered a third straight loss earlier this year, most began to recognize Anderson Silva as the best mixed martial artist of all-time. Unwilling to go out on such a bad note, Emelianenko opted to continue competing and defeated Jeff Monson in November.

Emelianenko may never reclaim his spot atop the heavyweight division, but a few more wins may draw the interest of the UFC. The former Pride champion has never competed inside the Octagon, and it would be a shame if one of the sport's all-time greats went his entire career without fighting in the sport's premier organization.


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