Kirill Sidelnikov

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Kirill Sidelnikov talks Bellator 269 finish after two year hiatus

Kirill Sidelnikov bested Rab Truesdale via first-round TKO in the final undercard bout for Bellator 269 on Saturday, October 23rd. The heavyweight clash went down at VTB Arena in Moscow, Russia, and broadcast on Showtime.

This victory transpired in a bit over two minutes. It marked the sixth career finish via strikes for Sidelnikov. This was his first bout to end inside the distance in over half a decade.

This Bellator MMA contest saw Sidelnikov advance his MMA record to 13-6 overall. Baby Fedor now has back-to-back victories under the Bellator banner.

It’s apropos that the man who has long bore the moniker of Baby Fedor got a victory on a card headlined by Fedor Emelianenko. Emelianenko notched a classic first-round KO over number two ranked Timothy Johnson. It was a night where many Team Fedor compatriots showed out.

The 33-year-old mixed martial artist out of Stary Oskol, Russia has been competing for just shy of fifteen years. Kirill Sidelnikov has previously plied his trade on circuits like M1, Affliction, Rizin FF, and Fight Nights Global.

The multi-time combat sambo world champion looks to keep climbing the heavyweight hierarchy. Mapping out a path towards world title accolades within mixed martial arts.

I spoke with Sidelnikov at the post-fight media day and the excerpts from our interaction are below.

Kirill Sidelnikov

The fac it has been two years since Kirill Sidelnikov last competed and how he felt returning after that competitive hiatus

“I was helping my team to get to the level. Once I did that, I was pretty much ready for anything.”

Kirill Sidelnikov not scoring a finish in close to six years; If there’s a compounded degree of satisfaction ending the bout inside the distance

“Although I know how to punch really well and I know how to do that. Today I feel like it was my lucky day. I feel like some sort of luck was involved in this fight.”

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Dylan Bowker
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