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Fedor Emelianenko backing off talk of retirement as Pedro Rizzo bout nears

Legendary heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko seems a little upset about the reports of his impending retirement with his next fight against Pedro Rizzo on the horizon.

Emelianenko has won two straight fights following a three-fight skid resulting in his exile from Strikeforce. By taking down Jeff Monson and Satoshi Ishii, “The Last Emperor” has revitalized his career heading into a June 21 match with Rizzo in Russia.

It was reported recently that Emelianenko would retire following his bout with Rizzo from the Ice Palace. That seems to be news to Fedor, though, as he told Russia 2 in a recent interview.

“We’ll see. It’s not a fact that I will retire on June 21,” Fedor said. “I don’t know who came to conclusion that I will coach young fighters. Everyone talks about my retirement, and that I will train young fighters; I never said that.”

Emelianenko lost to Dan Henderson, Antonio Silva and Fabricio Werdum in Strikeforce. He has since competed in Japan and Russia, including his first fight in St. Petersburg since 2007 when he meets Rizzo.


  • Lord Faust says:

    If he loses to Rizzo, then he should retire. The Fedor of old has an entire toolbox of skills that should make short work of Rizzo. The swing-and-pray Fedor, I am not so sure.

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    This announcement comes on the heels of Tim Silvia and AA deciding they aren’t done and feel they have more good fights in them.

    Belator also just signed Brett Rodgers which means more third tier HWs will need opponents and coincidently Fedor needs more cans to crush.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    Bellator could always sign AA, Silvia and Fedor, and then Fedor could go re-ko the three fighters before he lost for the first time.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    After seeing what headaches SF had to deal with and the money it cost to have Fedor on the roster Bellator would be fouls to even speak on the phone with them. Fedor & M-1 would renogiate after each fight and demand to own a % of Viacom.

    I said in a previous post when this fight was announced as a possible retirement bout for Fedor that it was merely another way to bring attention to the fight and the internet PPV..Just trying to gain some fan interest, viewership and $$.

    You know what I want to see on fucking showtime/ SF and it will never happen:
    Cormier vs Overeem
    Barnett vs Fedor

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Rece is correct, Strikeforce would be foolish to shell out for Fedor, considering they can’t even pack arena when they give away half of their tickets. Aside from Barnett, there isn’t a really compelling match up for Fedor outside the UFC and there’s no point in having that discussion.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Konrad against Fedor, but Bellator isn’t going to burn that kind of money on a one-off fight where their champion has a ~50% of losing.

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