Fedor Emelianenko Not Retiring; Plans in Place for a Fight in Russia in 2011

August 8, 2011
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Fedor Emelianenko may not be fighting in Strikeforce any longer, but the former Pride champion will continue competing with his next bout expected in Russia later this year.

M-1 Global representative and Emelianenko’s manager Vadim Finkestein says that his fighter isn’t ready to hang up the gloves yet and plans to return to action in his native country in 2011.

“We consulted with Fedor and it was decided that he should not leave the sport in this way. His friends and past opponents support Fedor in continuing his career and he agreed,” said Finkelstein. “We want to organize a fight for Fedor in Russia and have already begun working in this direction. If everything goes as planned, we will produce a card in Moscow or St. Petersburg sometime in the fall with Fedor as the main event.”

Finkelstein has also planned a return for Fedor in Japan with a show hopefully concluding 2011 for a New Year’s Eve card.

“In addition to the fight in Russia, we’re also working with our Japanese contacts to organize a New Year’s Eve event in Japan that Fedor would participate in as well,” Finkelstein commented.

While Fedor’s immediate plans land him in Russia and possibly Japan, the former Pride and Strikeforce fighter isn’t done competing in the United States yet. The M-1 Global fighter still has a standing deal with Showtime and hopes to return to the states in 2012.

“If all is successful, in 2012 we’ll be back in the U.S,” said Finkelstein. “All these ideas are being developed right now and we want to work exactly according to this plan.”

Emelianenko has suffered three consecutive losses after his storied career saw him undefeated for several years.

Following his latest defeat at the hands of Dan Henderson in late July, Emelianenko was effectively released from Strikeforce, although he never had a contract with the promotion directly.

M-1 Global has not released an opponent or date for Emelianenko’s return, but more news is expected in the coming weeks.


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  • jared499

    I do not believe that I am going to say this, but whoever they get as an opponent, should be a complete tin-can. If they are serious about making a comeback, and personally I think he can, then they need to build his confidence again. I know he does not express it, but his armor has been pierced and what was once thought of indestructable, is now very much the opposite. You find someone who is very inexperienced, something that would be harder to do in the states, with the commissions, and you sacrifice them.

    He needs a couple easier fights to build himself up, and then they can begin to raise the level of competition.

    • BigGuy

      This great warrior needs a “tin can” opponent, huh? In your opinion, this is the way a true champion comes back to greatness? If that is what he needs, then he needs to pack it in and retire. The time has come to move on. Every great athlete faces this, and clearly Fedor’s time is over.

      Sadly, his management team is not done milking this guy, so they will create nonsense matches to keep his career alive. What a joke!

      • Sinalag

        Ridiculous! Jared499 is Fedor’s nut hugger! I actually agree with Bigguy. If he is as great as everyone claimed all of these years, he shouldn’t need “easy” fights.

        His reign is over…Go retire already!

    • jared499

      @sinalag and BigGuy

      So basically what you are saying is that because of his recent losses, his former accomplishments are null and void. By that logic we should then exclude Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, Big Nog, Randy Couture, and the countless other fighters that have pasted their primes. Fedor may be past the point of what he was during Pride, but I find it hard to believe that you have been an MMA fans much longer then the beginning of “TUF”, if you can not admit how great he was during his prime.

      All greatness comes to an end you are right, but just like Chuck Liddell, Gracie, Wanderlei, Coleman, Frank and Ken Shamrock, Ali, Foreman, Frazier, and Duran, it comes when the fighter says it comes. If he still wants to fight and thinks that he can be competitive let him, remember that Randy made a huge comeback after dropping 2 fights to Liddell. Oh and by the way, your beloved UFC and Dana also took the approach of giving Couture a “warm up fight. After he lost to Chuck in the 2nd fight, who was Randy’s next opponent, none other then, wait that’s right it was Mike Van Arsdale, who’s only notable fight till that point was a KO loss to Wanderlei Silva 7 years earlier and during those 7 years only had 4 fights against opponents that were to low-level to say the least.

      By the way I am an avid UFC fan and have been since the beginning, yet I did not limit myself to just the UFC, I actually took the time and paid my money to watch all promotions of MMA, Pride, Dream, WEC (before Zuffa), Bellator, Affliction, and Strike Force. I have defended Dana and the UFC at every turn, except for this one, which is a clear cut case of spite over not being able to land Fedor during his Prime. He continues to let Wanderlei, Franklin, Tito, and Matt fight even though each is currently past their primes as well. Why because there is money to be made. Tito dropped 5 fights before the Bader win and they let him keep fighting. And all real MMA fans know about the rift between those two.

      • Unador

        Fights are 90% mental and 10% physical at equal levels.
        Doesn’t matter what kind of champion this guy is,he has taken a serious hit to his confidence with 3 straight losses, the last being a KO by a guy who belongs at 185. Even bulked up, Dan was short 16 lbs of being even weight on this guy.
        He’s a fighter, Jared is right, if there is going to be a succesful comeback, it’s going to have to start with building confidence back,and that is with tin can opponents.
        From there you try and work on his weakness in his fighting style. Doesn’t matter how badasz a mofo is, if that mofo doubts his abilities, or is afraid to get hit/engage, he will lose nearly every time.

        • wonggfan

          Yeah, he is the GOAT! The HW champion! The Muhammad Ali of this sport.

          And as a fan, I don’t want him fighting. Eventually he will have to fight really low ranked fighters. After the loss to Big Foot Fedor said, “fuck making money fighting HWs! Fuck Brett Rogers..I am gonna fight 185lbers and destroy them.” But the plan back fired.

          It would have been epic if Fedor retired after the Arlovski fight. He would have retired while still at the top.

  • devine22

    jared499 you make a great point!! I also spent money on the other promotions an love the sport an will watch all the fights. I just think its stupid to cut him when he has alot of great match ups still out there! Dana said that it didnt matter how many loses Akiyama had that if a fighter comes to fight an sells tickets ?? What does Fedor do when he fights??? He brings it 100%

    • jared499

      @Devine22

      Agreed, he brings money and there are still fights for him to do so in the UFC. Exactly what I have been saying since the first article about his release.

      This fake fans like BigGuy and there are a couple others constantly be little Fedor and have no respect for the things he has done.

      @Unador
      Thanks for backing me up on that one, at least I know that there are a couple actual fight fans out there who know what they are talking about.

  • clizzark

    He should got fight Pudz, but KSW would probably want that fight to happen in Poland.

    • jared499

      Not sure about Pudz, he did fight Tim Silvia and it would be like the old days, fighting big freakish style fighters. At this point I say but him in with someone who is stylitically a great match up for him, which would be slow, not to heavy, and no BJJ, so Pudz might work (except for the small part).