Fedor Emelianenko: “I Will Fight More”

Written by Tom Ngo
February 15th, 2011

Did you just hear that ruckus? It wasn’t the sound of Fedor Emelianenko’s plane landing in Russia, but the jubilant screams of Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker and M-1 Global figurehead Vadim Finkelchtein after catching wind of their meal ticket’s recent change of heart.

Although Emelianenko suggested he would hang up his MMA gloves following Saturday’s loss to Antonio Silva, the 34-year-old has just announced he will resume his illustrious career.

“I rushed to declare my retirement. I will fight more,” Emelianenko told Valetudo.ru (translated by BloodyElbow). “Possibly, I will return to the Heavyweight Grand Prix.

“I am capable of having a few more fights. I didn’t make any analysis yet on why I lost. I need to recover, I can’t see very well yet.”

After rattling off 27 consecutive victories, Emelianenko has now dropped his second straight scrap. This past weekend, “Bigfoot” used his superior size to plant the Russian on his back and battered his right eye until it looked like THIS.

Although he survived the 2ndRound onslaught, the cage-side physician erred on the side of caution and wouldn’t allow the fight to enter the last round.

Emelianenko tweeted a message to his fans early Tuesday morning, but said a decision regarding his future was far from imminent. Apparently, a long flight home was all he needed to clear his mind.

“All many thanks for kind words and wishes. I wished to continue fight, the doctor has done the very best we can, but it has not turned out, unfortunately,” he posted (courtesy of Google translator).

“About extension or completion of career we shall solve in the near future. It’s God’s will.”

Coker hinted at the post-fight press conference Emelianenko could serve as an alternate in the tournament somewhere down the line. Regardless, he was issued a 90-day medical suspension immediately following loss.

Oh yeah, regarding that noise I was referring to earlier. It also could have been the knee-slapping chuckles of UFC president Dana White and ESPN personality Jim Rome after hearing Fedor would resume his alleged fugazy 31-3 (1 NC) career.

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