There has been a lot of talk in recent months regarding Fedor Emelianenko’s future with Strikeforce, especially after their extended “negotiations” in trying to rework the terms of the contract he’s currently under.
Now, it seems that all has been forgotten, as Fedor sounds content with the promotion that he’s fighting for.
“Right now we have two more fights left with this relationship and if everything goes well and we feel good about the relationship I don’t see why we wouldn’t want to extend that,” said Emelianenko.
Clearly, most MMA fans would prefer to have arguably the best heavyweight in the world fight in the biggest promotion, the UFC. Unfortunately after numerous attempts, UFC president Dana White hasn’t been able to come to terms with the Russian.
White even went as far as to recently call Fedor’s management team “douches” for the way they tried to negotiate a deal with the UFC before signing with Strikeforce.
The odds of Fedor ever fighting in an Octagon get more and more slim as each fight passes by. Already at the age of 33, it’s safe to say that “The Last Emperor” is heading into the end of his prime fighting years.
If he does re-up with Strikeforce at the end of his current deal, it would pretty much slam the door shut on figuring out who the best heavyweight in the world really is.
Although he hasn’t said when he plans to retire, it has to be something that comes into the thought process after each fight.
“Right now, I’m OK with that and after each fight I balance whether I should continue or whether I should stop,” Fedor stated. “Until I feel that I am not effective or not getting out of the sport what I want then I will make the decision to stop.”
Fedor steps back into the cage this Saturday at “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum” in a bout that will most likely determine who will challenge Alistair Overeem for the Strikeforce heavyweight title.