Bellator 237: Fedor Emelianenko Clarifies He’s Not Retiring Yet
By FCF Staff
Following Fedor Emelianenko’s victory over “Rampage” Jackson at Bellator 237, the legend’s translator reported the heavyweight had announced he was retiring. But, while speaking to the media afterward, “The Last Emperor” clarified he’s not done yet.
Emelianenko faced Jackson in the main event of the Saitama card, and finished the former UFC champ in round one with strikes. While speaking to the media afterward, Fedor and his translator clarified what he had actually said during his post-fight interview (quote via MMA Junkie):
“I’m doing my tour and this is my final fights, and I want to do a fight in Japan, I want to do a fight in U.S., and I went to do Russia,” Emelianenko said. “So Japan, it was my retirement fight in Japan. So I’m not retiring.”
Recently Emelianenko also stated that he may continue to fight beyond his current contract extension with Bellator.
The former PRIDE champ was competing for the first time since January, when Fedor was quickly stopped by Ryan Bader. The 43-year-old Emelianenko now carries a record of 39-6.