Fedor Emelianenko: “Maybe it’s time to leave”

By Michael David Smith

After the fight, Fedor‘s face was a swollen mess, but he seemed calm and stoic, and he hinted at retirement.

“Thank you very much for your love and support,” Fedor said. “Something went wrong from the very beginning. … Maybe it’s the time to leave. … Maybe it’s the last time, maybe it’s high time. Thank God for everything. I’ve had a great sporting life. Maybe it’s God’s will.”


Fedor was fighting for the first time since his shocking loss to Fabricio Werdum in June. That was the first legitimate loss of Fedor’s MMA career (years earlier he had lost a fight because he was cut by an illegal elbow strike). Now he’s lost twice in a row, and his career record is 31-3.

For Silva, who improves to 16-2, there are big things ahead. The next big thing is a fight with either Werdum or Overeem, which will establish who the top dog in Strikeforce is. One thing we now know for sure: It’s not Fedor.

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