It appears June 21st will be the last call for “The Last Emperor.” Fedor Emelianenko (Pictured) believes his upcoming fight against Pedro Rizzo will signify his swan song.
“My previous fight was in Moscow and my last fight will be in St. Petersburg on June 21st,” Emelianenko told Russian outlet iSport.ua. “It will be the last fight in my career. I think it’s time to end my career.”
Emelianenko is the most decorated heavyweight in mixed martial arts history. He made his claim to fame for his vast accomplishments in Japan’s PrideFC in the early-mid 2000′s.
At one stage during his illustrious career, Emelianenko had rattled off 27 consecutive Ws. However, some will always question his credentials because he never competed in the UFC.
Although Emelianenko will hang up his MMA gloves as the heavyweight division’s G.O.A.T., it’s tough not to wonder what could have been if he would have taken his talents to the Octagon during his prime.
The Russian had difficulties collecting wins in America under Strikeforce’s banner. After posting a victory over Brett Rogers in his promotional debut, Emelianenko was upset by Fabricio Werdum in his next outing. He was then mauled by Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and then Dan Henderson had him planking on the canvas in his last Strikeforce bout.
He snapped his three-fight losing skid in November by posting an uneventful unanimous decision victory over Jeff Monson. The 35-year-old followed that up by quickly disposing of Satoshi Ishii on New Year’s Eve in Japan.
Emelianenko and Rizzo collide inside Ice Palace in St Petersburg, Russia. While an official report has yet to be made, the show is expected to air on pay-per-view.