Fedor Emelianenko's latest stop on his return tour didn't go as smoothly as expected.
In the second round, Fedor recovered and attacked the weathered Maldonado, winning the round. Fabio still managed to get in some offense, and even appeared to be up on the scorecards, as the first round was likely a 10-8. Fedor was also able to land a solid head kick in the second round.
The third round was more of a back-and-forth exchange, but Maldonado's output was severely decreased after the first round. The two slugged it out for the final five minutes, visibly exhausted and abandoning defense outside of the occasional shoulder roll from Fabio.
In the end, Fedor was gifted a decision, somehow earning two 29-28 scorecards, along with a draw. After the fight, Fedor looked battered and beaten. Earlier this week, Emelianenko said that he was closer than ever to signing with the UFC. Maybe not so after today's performance.