Not too many moons ago, Fedor Emelianenko was considered by most as the greatest mixed martial artist to ever grace the canvas. Emelianenko was riding a 27-fight winning streak, a dominant span which ran for nearly a decade. Fast forward past his last two unsuccessful outings and it appears “The Last Emperor” may be on his last leg.
Prior to getting overwhelmed by Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva’s sheer size in his last foray, the Russian was shockingly submitted by Fabricio Werdum. Emelianenko was a significant favorite on both occasions.
Although the 34-year-old suggested his illustrious career was over after getting mauled by Bigfoot, Emelianenko left his fate in another man’s hands. Thankfully for fanboys across the globe, the big guy upstairs demanded he give it another go.
“If it’s God’s will, then I can certainly continue fighting for several years to come,” Fedor shared during a recent conference call. “I’d like to continue to fight, and thank God right now I feel great. My health is great and I’m in good physical shape, but we’ll see.”
Emelianenko returns to action this Saturday against Dan Henderson. Much has changed in the mixed martial arts landscape since the last time he took center stage. Most notably, in March Strikeforce was acquired by the UFC.
Regardless, just don’t bother asking Fedor if an Octagon appearance is in his future. It’s not as though he’s the one driving the Emelianenko express, anyway.
“It doesn’t really matter to me,” Emelianenko shared. “The main thing is that the fans of the sport see both of us fight and see the best fighters fight.
“If God has given us a certain path for our life, then I have to go down that path and feel confident about it.”
“Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson” takes place this Saturday inside the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.