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Fedor Emelianenko is regarded by many as the greatest of all time and he proves that in the fight as he defeated Mir in just 48-seconds of the first round.
As a Russian celebrity, Emelianenko has been photographed with Putin on several occasions.
On Saturday, April 28, Bellator MMA returns to the Chicago area for its 198th event which takes place from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. Mir landed a big left early that appeared to hurt Emelianenko but the Russian managed to get back to his feet.
Fedor Emelianenko moves on to face Chael Sonnen in the semi-final of the heavyweight grand prix later this year.
The FBI have refused to comment on why they questioned Emelianenko, while the heavyweight insisted there was nothing to be concerned about.
The 38-year-old Mir also enjoyed most of his success from 2000-10. It was Mir's first fight since being knocked out by Mark Hunt in the UFC in Brisbane over two years ago.
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Emelianenko's manager, Jerry Millen, confirmed hours before the fight that his client had been questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and that the agents attended the bout.
"The FBI came to the hotel looking to talk to Fedor and they were very nice, came in to speak with Fedor for a few minutes, spoke to me, very cool guys, and that's all I can really say about it".
'Again, the Federal Bureau of Investigation did come to the hotel, they found us, knocked on the door'. His connection with Trump dates back to 2008, when he was signed by Affliction Entertainment, a fight league in which Trump had an ownership stake. And that's good news for Bellator and MMA as a whole. The promotion folded after those two events.
Emelianenko has worked with President Trump in the past when he was part of the Affliction MMA team, which at one time was headed by Michael Cohen.
Federal agents raided Cohen's NY office earlier this month and seized business records, emails, documents, and cell phones in relation to possible fraud and a payment made to pornographic actress Stormy Daniels.
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