Fedor Retires Following KO of Pedro Rizzo in Russia

Fedor Emelianenko knocked out Pedro Rizzo at 1:24 of the first round at the M-1 Global event in St. Petersburg, Russia. The 35-year-old Emelianenko leaves the sport with an overall 34-4 record in 12 years of professional competition. Despite never finding his way to the UFC’s octagon, The former Pride heavyweight champion is consensus greatest heavyweight in the history of mixed martial arts. 

M:1 Presents: Fedor vs. Rizzo 6/21/12
St. Petersburg, Russia 

Main Event
Fedor Emelianenko defeated Pedro Rizzo by Knockout (Punches, 1st Round, 1:24)

Heavyweight Title Bout
Kenny Garner defeated Guram Gugenishvill by Stoppage (Doctor, 3rd Round, 5:00)

Lightweight Title Bout
Musa Khamanaev defeated Daniel Weichel by Submission (Heel Hook, 1st Round, 1:57)

Heavyweight Feature Bout
Jeff Monson defeated Denis Komkin by Submission (North-South Choke, 1st Round, 1:58)

Undercard Bouts
Marat Gafurov defeated Mairbek Taisumov by Split Decision
Mikhail Malyutin defeated Renat Gasanov by TKO (Strikes, 1st Round, 3:16)
Ramazan Emeev defeated Alberta Duraeva by TKO (Strikes, 1st Round)
Vugar Bakhshiev defeated Jerome Bouisson by Submission (Heel Hook, 1st Round)
Pavel Vitruk defeated Radoslaw Piechnik by Unanimous Decision
Akhmed Sultanov defeated Denis Goltsov by Submission (Heel hook, 1st Round)
Abdulmazhid Magomedov defeated Davreka Isakova by TKO (Strikes, 1st Round)