Bellator MMA’s Fedor Emelianenko On What He Still Hopes to Accomplish In MMA & What He Listens To When Training – The Hype Magazine


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Published on June 25th, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz

Bellator is a leading global MMA and kickboxing promotion featuring many of the best athletes in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator events take place in major cities around the world and can be seen on television in over 160 countries to an available audience of over 1 billion people. In the States, Bellator events from all over the world can be seen on Showtime — a new TV deal announced earlier this year — and online via Pluto TV and Bellator’s YouTube channel.

Beyond tonight’s Bellator 261 event, one of the main Bellator happenings that has people talking is the long-anticipated return of “The Last Emperor” Fedor Emelianenko. Earlier today it was announced by Bellator President Scott Coker that Emelianenko will fight at an October 23, 2021 card at Moscow, Russia’s VTB Arena. This will be Emelianenko’s first MMA fight since December 2019, when he defated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at Bellator 237. It will also be Bellator’s first ever live event in Russia.

To learn more about this, I had the pleasure of asking a few questions to Fedor Emelianenko as part of a media conference held at Mohegan Sun on June 25, 2021, as embedded more. More on Emelianenkoand Bellator can be found online via www.instagram.com/bellatormma, www.twitter.com/bellatormma, www.facebook.com/BellatorMMA and www.bellator.com.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren’s writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being “Editor At Large” for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly “Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz” podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly PureGrainAudio.com). He has also co-authored two published books, 2018’s “Pocket Change: Your Happy Money” (Book Web Publishing) and 2019’s “Good Advice From Professional Wrestling” (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.






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