Little has been heard from heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko since the iconic fighter hung his gloves up for good to focus on family life and personal interests. However, Emelianenko’s name has still been in the news over the past few weeks thanks to UFC President Dana White’s decision to reveal he’d nearly signed “The Last Emperor” to fight Brock Lesnar in 2012.
While Emelianenko hasn’t indicated he has any interest in returning to the ring, fans can rest assured manager Vadim Finkelstein is doing his best to persuade his star client to consider a comeback.
“I use every opportunity to convince Fedor to return. He still has more to show us,” said Finkelstein in a conversation with Combat Bear.
“I still think he is capable to compete, but he does not want to,” the M-1 Global executive continued. “Fedor is that kind of person – when he has made a decision he stands by it. But if he still has the desire to go back to MMA, I’ll be very glad. It’s not about the money, but the fact that he can still please his fans. He’s not that old to retire, he still has a few years left. He’s still strong and has no serious injuries.”
Finkelstein also confirmed the UFC made Emelianenko a “good offer” but the Russian legend had already decided he was done fighting and had to decline.
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