Fedor Emelianenko has no plans to hang up his gloves just yet. Released by Strikeforce last week following a first round TKO loss to Dan Henderson, many speculated on the future of “The Last Russian Emperor.” After not losing in almost 10 years, the loss to Henderson marked Fedor’s third straight loss.
M-1 Global President and Fedor’s manager, Vadim Finkelstein ended all speculation earlier today, confirming that Fedor will not retire and that he will fight again in 2011.
“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,” said Finkelstein.
No long under contract to Strikeforce, Fedor’s next fight will be under the M-1 Global banner in Russia later this year.
Finkelstein commented that, “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.”
If everything goes as planned, we may see Fedor more than once in 2011. Finkelstein is also working to secure a fight for Fedor in Japan on New Years Eve. The former PRIDE heavyweight champion has competed five times on New Years Eve in Japan, winning every contest.
The end goal is for Fedor to end up back in the United States in 2012 to reclaim his currently unwatched throne.
*PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE*