With the nickname “Baby Fedor,” it’s easy to see the significance of Kirillsidelnikov winning a win and sharing a card alongside the legend himself, Fedor Emelianenko
Sidelnikov (13-6 BMMA) was impressive Saturday night at Bellator 269, as he pummeled Rab Trusdale for a TKO victory during the first round of their heavyweight fight at VTB Arena Moscow.
This victory was Sidelnikov’s first fight in nearly six years, and his first in two years. It was even more sweetened by the fact that it took place on the same night Emelianenko headlined (. He won ), with impressive performances and in front his country fans.
” When you fight on the same card as Fedor, it is a different type of responsibility,” Sidelnikov told reporters using a translator. You can’t lose because you’re fighting alongside your friend on Team Fedor. You need to defend Team Fedor’s honor, and you need to protect your friend’s honor .
Sidelnikov also felt some luck.
“I know how punch well and how to do that. But today, I feel like it was my lucky moment,” Sidelnikov stated. I feel like some kind of luck was involved .”
Sidelnikov is now on a winning streak of two fights. He isn’t sure what the future holds, but he hopes that it doesn’t lead to another long layoff.
” I don’t have a name in my head, but I am ready for future fights,” Sidelnikov stated. “I am ready for any other Bellator throw at me. We’ll just have to wait and see how the visa situation will turn out. We will only see .”