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Alistair Overeem Questions Fedor Emelianenko’s Motivation, Suggests Possible Retirement

Written by Tim Ngo
June 28th, 2010
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No single person could have been more upset that Fedor Emelianenko finally lost at “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum” than heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem. The Dutchman had his sights set on being the one to demystify “The Last Emperor,” but he was beaten to the punch – or in this case, submission.

Although Strikeforce could still put a Fedor vs. Overeem bout together, all the added magic it would’ve garnered is now gone following the Russian’s shocking loss on Saturday night to Fabricio Werdum.

Under normal circumstances, there’s no doubt Overeem’s next title defense would have been against the current/former world’s greatest heavyweight, but Fedor losing is NOT a normal situation.

Fedor has one fight left on his Strikeforce contract and there’s no telling what the future may hold for one of MMA’s  all-time greats. It’s possible that he could re-sign with Strikeforce, but Emelianenko could also bolt for the UFC.  There’s also the unlikely scenario that he could call it quits altogether.

That’s why a very disappointed Overeem has already begun talking about a likely title fight with Fabricio Werdum.

“Fedor’s a little bit out of the picture,” Overeem told Sherdog.com. “He has one more fight on his (Strikeforce) contract and I don’t know against who he’ll fight. He might retire after that anyway. He might retire now. He’s the X-factor”

“The Demolition Man” goes on to question what incentive Emelianenko has in competing at this stage of his illustrious career, seeing as how he’s already accomplished more than any other fighter has and possibly ever will.

“What motivation does he have? He’s already done everything,” the champ said. “His bank account is going to be from here to the moon.”

Nobody knows what Strikeforce (and M-1 Global) has in store for Fedor, but if he had his wish he’d get a rematch with the man that put a halt to his 27-fight win streak.

“Certainly, I would like to have a rematch with Fabricio. If he agrees, I would love to do that,” Fedor said following his disappointing performance Saturday night.

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