When Fedor Emelianenko tapped out to Fabricio Werdum’s triangle-armbar hybrid last June fans were left wondering how “The Last Emperor” would react to the first legitimate loss of his thirty-three fight career. Though specific terms of his original deal with Strikeforce were never officially confirmed, it was widely speculated Emelianenko was only obligated to the organization for one more bout and was considering a return to Japan or even retirement once the contract expired.
The stoic Russian recently spoke about his future plans for the first time during a press conference to promote an American M-1 Global tournament, mentioning his interest in maintaining his partnership with Strikeforce while also dismissing the possibility of inking a deal with the UFC.
“For now (we) M-1 Global works with Strikeforce and we are concentrating on that – the contract is not over yet. So for now we don’t have any interest in the UFC,” said Emelianenko. “So far I feel very comfortable fighting…very good with my fighting…and I’m planning of fighting as long as I can physically. As far and I’m concerned we should discuss the possibility of signing another contract for 4-6 fights.”
Emelianenko is 31-2 as a professional with sixteen submissions and eight TKOs to his credit. His recent loss to Werdum broke an incredible 27-fight win streak including impressive wins over Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Tim Sylvia, Andrei Arlovski, Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira, and Mark Coleman.