Fedor’s Retirement in His Own Words (Video)

June 30, 2012
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Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction 1The Last Emperor, Fedor Emelianenko, finally hung up the gloves for the final time in his mixed martial arts career.

Racking up a stellar 34-4 record over his 12-year career, becoming one of the most dominant heavyweights of all time, as well as ruling the Japanese MMA scene in its Pride hay day, Fedor is one of the most memorable fighters of the last decade.

Though he stumbled into a three-fight skid during his Strikeforce tenure, Fedor bounced back strong winning the final three bouts of his career before calling it quits.

“I was very happy that I did not disappoint my family,” Fedor told Inside MMA’s Ron Kruck following his victory over former UFC title contender Pedro Rizzo in St. Petersburg, Russia.

“I’m retiring. It’s my time. Thank God, I’m retiring,” he told Kruck. “I have daughters. They’re growing without me and this is very difficult for me.”

Fight fans will surely miss Fedor, most craving at least one shot for him in the UFC, but he can’t be blamed for wanting to be there for his family.

Check out Fedor’s interview with Inisde MMA, shortly after Kruck called the final fight of the Russian’s legendary career…

  • octawhat

    A great fighter, who should be remembered for his humble nature, and warriors spirit – rather than a polarizing figure in the MMA media.

    A great excerpt that summed up this is from an article sherdog did as a Fedor retrospective:

    “The campaign to discredit what this man accomplished over his magnificent prime has been one of the most disgusting and contrived crusades we have seen in the MMA sphere. The fact that it actually took hold in the media as well is even more disheartening. There is no doubt Emelianenko slipped towards the end of his career, but there is absolutely no way a rational person can diminish his wins over multiple former and future UFC heavyweight champions, nor his utter dismantling of any and all competitors in what was the pinnacle of the sport at that time.”

    • Lesnardo

      Honestly, Sherdog is way more honest about Fedor than MMAWEEKLY.

      “Racking up a stellar 34-4 record over his 12-year career, becoming one of the most dominant heavyweights of all time, as well as ruling the Japanese MMA scene in its Pride hay day, Fedor is one of the most memorable fighters of the last decade.”

      “One of the most”????

      You mean the most.

      How is he “one of the most” dominant “heavyweight.”???

      MMAWEEKLY can’t write stuff without worrying about what Dana would think.

      Long live Sherdog!

  • maddawgmar

    Love him or hate him, he is one of the most dominating heavyweights and champions of all time. Only Anderson Silva and GSP has owned a division as long as he did. I think he is calling it quits at the right time. He proved he can still win fights, maybe not at the same level as before, but proved he can win. I wish him all the luck in the world in his post fight career life.

    • Cptmats

      With all due respect, I don’t think even you are giving him enough credit. Silva was rough up by Hendo a bit stung by hard punches from Cote and had his ass beat for 4 1/2 round by Sonnen and was scare to death to go to the ground with Leites and Maia, Gsp got KO’d in his prime and Submitted by Matt Hughes, He fight very cautiously now and has become a little boring.

      Fedor fought everybody balls out every time, And for almost a decade no one even came close to beating him !

      • Lesnardo

        Yeah, MMAWEEKLY tries to subtly diminish Fedor’s achievements by qualifying statements with “one of the most” or “one of the best” “heavyweight.”

        How is Fedor “one of the most”??????

        He is forsure “the most” dominant HW of all time AND (IMO) the most influential MMA fighter of all time. Fedor’s absence from the UFC HOF really questions the legitimacy of the HOF.

  • TKD

    I have never been a big fan of Fedor, but UFC or not, the guy fought the toughest competition of his time, and he dominated. Would he have done well in the UFC? I am guessing that he would have done pretty badly at the end of his career with them, but who is to say? We will never know.

    Would Tyson have dominated against Ali, Frasier and Foreman? Would Jim Brown have been as good if he played in the NFL today? Again, in the era Fedor fought he dominated.

    I don’t like him or M-1 Global, but I respect what he did for this sport. Everyone gets old, and eventually everyone calls it quits. Good luck to Fedor.

    • Lesnardo

      Even prime Fedor would lose to JDS/Cain/Overeem (with roids). Those three are the new generation fighters.

      Cro Cop vs Mark Coleman is probably analogous to JDS vs Frank Mir.

      You can’t compare Fedor with those three guys.

      • Cptmats

        I would bet on a prime Fedor over any of those three easily, Crocop in his prime was among the best pure strikers ever and Fedor won an absolute war against him.

  • Lesnardo

    I wonder what kind of party Dana would have thrown for Fedor had Fedor been a UFC fighter from day one and dominated the division for 10 years….