Fedor Emelianenko returned to action against Satoshi Ishii last night. If you don’t want to be spoiled before watching the fight, then I suggest you stop reading right now.

Fedor did exactly what he was supposed to do. He stood in front of Ishii, looked for his openings and picked him apart until he delivered a right-left-right combination that knocked Ishii down and out in the first round. It didn’t look like the most devastating combination we’ve ever seen, but it clearly rung Ishii’s bell considering he was laid out on the canvas for several minutes following the fight. It was a solid performance from Fedor, but considering the quality of opposition it’s difficult to get too excited about the win. It will be interesting to see where Fedor goes from here. Who’s left for him to fight?

You can check out a full recap of DREAM New Year! 2011 here. Results after the jump.


  • Fedor Emelianenko def. Satoshi Ishii via Knockout at 2:29 in Round 1
  • Shinya Aoki def. Satoru Kitaoka via Unanimous Decision
  • Hiroyuki Takaya def. Takeshi “Lion” Inoue via Unanimous Decision
  • Bibiano Fernandes def. Antonio Banuelos via TKO (Strikes) at 1:21 in Round 1 (wins bantamweight grand prix)
  • Megumi Fujii def. Karla Benitez via Submission (Armbar) at 1:15 in Round 1
  • Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Kazuyuki Miyata via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) at 4:54 in Round 2
  • Ryo Chonan def. Hayato “Mach” Sakurai via Unanimous Decision
  • Bibiano Fernandes def. Rodolfo Marques Diniz via Unanimous Decision
  • Antonio Banuelos def. Masakazu Imanari via Split Decision
  • Yusup Saadulaev def. Hideo Tokoro via KO (Slam) at 0:42 in Round 1