Emelianenko will honor suspension, not fight in sambo tourney

By Steven Marrocco

Fedor Emelianenko (31-3 MMA, 1-2 SF) will pass on competing in combat sambo to honor a medical suspension issued to him by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board.

NJSACB legal counsel Nick Lembo today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Emelianenko’s camp has assured him the heavyweight won’t participate in a national sambo tournament to be held this weekend in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Sambo is a martial art system originally developed for the Russian military and bears many similarities to MMA in its emphasis on both striking and grappling. It’s considered a national sport in Russia, and many competitions are held worldwide.

Emelianenko, a longtime sambo devotee, received two medical suspensions following a TKO loss to Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in the quarterfinals of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix, which was held Feb. 12 at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. He was suspended indefinitely pending a clear CT scan of his head and facial bones and also suspended 90 days for strikes to the head, as MMAjunkie.com previously reported.

“The Last Emperor” hinted he might retire following the loss – his second consecutive setback in a virtually unblemished 10-year career – but a representative for M-1 Global, his managerial and promotional company, earlier this week informed ESPN.com that the fighter would compete in the tournament.

 

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