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Fedor Emelianenko: “This fight may be my last one.”

It appears the curtain may finally be dropping on the career of legendary heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko. The 35-year old Emelianenko, who fights Pedro Rizzo next month in Russia, recently spoke about his immediate future in an interview where he pointed to the bout as possibly being his final appearance inside the ring.

“I think it’s time to call it a day. This fight may be my last one,” said Emelianenko to Russian outlet RIA Novosti.

The statements mark a change in attitude from “The Last Emperor” who had avoided the topic of retirement even after dropping a trio of fights in Strikeforce. Emelianenko had also come forward in the past few months to amp up buzz about the possibility of signing a deal with the UFC.

While Emelianenko left some room for a return in his remarks, it seems for now he’ll only be focusing on Rizzo and nothing beyond their June 22 bout.

“I have been learning from Pedro’s fights and have a lot of respect for him. He is a fighter of a great maturity, beating many of the strongest,” concluded Emelianenko on his opponent.

If he does indeed call it quits Emelianenko will exit the sport with an overall record of 33-4 (plus the result against Rizzo) with 25 stoppages and wins over some of MMA’s greatest competitors including Mirko Filipovic and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.


  • If that be the case then I;ll thank him for the memories, but i wont believe it till it happens.

  • Rece Rock says:

    He was probably advised to imply retirement to boost ippv buys and to secure some interest in this bout… And of coarse to keep Fedors name out there & talked about…just creating a buzz.

  • Lord Faust says:

    “Retirement” is a word devoid of meaning. At best, it’s a synonym for “hiatus”.

  • MCM says:

    Meh. I was just gonna catch the fight online afterwords, and that’s only if I heard it was good. Some people don’t want to admit it, but those three finishes in a row really did a number on Fedors drawing power.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Fedor’s drawing power has absolutely taken a huge hit the past couple years. The Werdum fight showed that a) he was not invincible, and b) his technique was a bit sloppy. So right then his foundation was starting to crack a bit… but maybe it was just a fluke.

    But then he got dominated by a much larger fighter in Big Foot, which showed that maybe Fedor doesn’t belong fighting the big heavies. Either way, it became clear the Werdum loss wasn’t entirely a fluke and Fedor’s run as HW king was undoubtedly over. Any remaining negotiating leverage Team M-1 had was out the window.

    But the Hendo matchup that was a really, really exciting fight. That was a great round of action, with Fedor rocking Hendo before Dan was able to turn the tables and eventually catch him with that sneaky punch that put an end to things.

    That’s exactly why I wish Fedor, even to this day, would come over to the UFC. Win or lose, there’s all kinds of options for great matchups (even in the HW division) and while his overall luster is not what it used to be, he’s still more than capable of competing with the vast majority of the UFC roster. But I’ve finally–reluctantly–given up hope of that ever happening.

  • JBAR says:

    The superfights that might have been if the Mgmt. teams could have got something worked out. Now I just do not see it happening since the money is not there and it is now the fight business not the fight game.


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