Breaking: Fedor Emelianenko Not Retiring, Fighting this Fall
By FCF Staff
Despite incurring three consecutive losses, the former Pride heavyweight champ Fedor Emelianenko is not ready to retire. According to a press release sent out today from the veteran’s management group, M-1 Global, Emelianenko has elected to keep fighting and could do so before the year is out.
“We consulted with Fedor and it was decided that he should not leave the sport in this way. His friends and past opponents support Fedor in continuing his career and he agreed,” M-1 Global President and co-founder Vadim Finkelstein was quoted saying in the announcement. “We want to organize a fight for Fedor in Russia and have already begun working in this direction. If everything goes as planned, we will produce a card in Moscow or St. Petersburg sometime in the fall with Fedor as the main event.”
Finkelstein also added that they are exploring opportunities for Emelianenko with their “contacts” in Japan, regarding a possible New Year’s Eve bout for the 34 year-old Russian fighter.
In addition, the M-1 Global President stated “If all is successful, in 2012 we’ll be back in the U.S. All these ideas are being developed right now and we want to work exactly according to this plan.”
No possible opponents for the heavyweight were mentioned.
Since Emelianenko was stopped by Dan Henderson at the Strikeforce’s recent July 30th event in Hoffman Estates, speculation has continued as to whether the 31-4 fighter would elect to compete again. The first round stoppage loss to Henderson followed defeats at the hands of Antonio Silva and Fabricio Werdum.
Shortly after the loss, UFC President Dana White announced that Emelianeko would not fight under the Strikeforce banner again. M-1 Global responded by saying that Emelianenko’s contract was with the Showtime network, which the European based company has partnered with previously.
Emelianenko’s last victory came in November, 2009, when he stopped Brett Rogers in the second round.
Stay tuned to FCF for more information as it develops.