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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.


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