Fedor Emelianenko made his promotional debut at Bellator 180 and was promptly knocked out by Matt Mitrione in the first round of their encounter.
Despite the first round loss, the Russian heavyweight wants another shot at the man who beat him.
“Certainly, I would love to have the rematch with Matt Mitrione,” Emelianenko said after the event. “It happened so that the movements were just mutual ones, and certainly Matt used the situation.”
Both fighters actually knocked each other down simultaneously with rights during the fight, but Mitrione recovered first and finished the Russian a short time later.
Emelianenko had a great camp leading into the fight and if he could go back in time, the fighter wouldn’t change a thing.
“I don’t think that I would have changed anything during my preparation for this particular fight, because I would be training the same way with my coaches,” Emelianenko said. “And I can tell you that during my camp, I just worked out really with all my energy, invested all my energy and forces into it. I’m feeling, myself, very good (right now). I just got the doctor’s inspection, so everything was good.”
The Russians next fight shouldn’t be announced for some time, but he was also called out by UFC veteran Chael Sonnen during Bellator 180.