Fedor Emelianenko talks Pedro Rizzo, still unsure on retirement (Interview)

Fedor Emelianenko talks Pedro Rizzo, still unsure on retirement (Interview)


This Thursday, “The Last Emperor” Fedor Emelianenko is expected to retire from MMA competition, facing Pedro Rizzo in St. Petersburg, Russia. The fight will sum-up Emelianenko’s illustrious career after 39 professional Mixed Martial Arts fights.

The legendary Russian made his professional debut more than twelve years ago. Emelianenko is best-known for his incredible run of 31 consecutive victories (not counting the loss to Tsuyoshi Kohsaka), before getting submitted by Fabricio Werdum in an all-time upset.

When Fedor talks about whether he will retire on June 21st, it becomes pretty clear that “The Last Emperor” finds it hard to stop fighting. Emelianenko still seems uncertain about his future.

“It’s up to God,” Fedor told in an exclusive interview with LowKick.com. “I still have to fight Pedro Rizzo.”

Pedro Rizzo’s last fight was against Ken Shamrock back in 2010, yet, Emelianenko believes The Brazilian is still a force to be reckoned with.

“Pedro is an experienced fighter,” says the three years younger Fedor. “He has some very good victories on his record. He beat Jeff Monson and Josh Barnett, so I’m ready to fight in both stand-up and on the ground. I’ll adjust during the fight.”

Emelianenko is 2-0 since his Strikeforce exit, with victories over Jeff Monson and Satoshi Ishii. Both fighters were unable to go toe-to-toe with Fedor in stand-up.

Fighting in Russia is clearly a rejuvenating experience for Fedor, who spent a majority of his career fighting abroad. Russian fans love their Emperor, and are expected to sell out the 12,300-capable Ice Palace.

Looking back at his MMA career, Fedor regrets absolutely nothing. He’s still the same Fedor Emelianenko. Fans are still speculating about “prime” Fedor could win the K-1 World GP, and KO one of the Klitschko’s. However, those dreams will never become a reality.

“It’s hard to say if I changed as a fighter. I’m competing for more than 12, so it’s really hard to tell. I know that my training process has changed. As far as other sports go – all I can say is that I’m loyal to Mixed Martial Arts.”

Fedor Emelianenko was recently elected as the first president of Russian MMA Union. Multi-time PRIDE champion is expected to help the development of Mixed Martial Arts in Russia, and seems highly optimistic about the future of this sport:

“People in Russia are very interested in Mixed Martial Arts. Our main goal is to make MMA popular. We formed a union of 49 Russian regions, which will help us recognize MMA as a sport in Russia, as well as becoming a part of international MMA organizations.”

Emelianenko is a role model for many up-and-coming MMA fighters. While he’s not interesting in a post-retirement coaching role, Emelianenko has a word of advice for MMA enthusiasts around the world.

“If you want to achieve your goals as a fighter you must train hard. Obviously, you have to love this sport and stay patient. “

Stay tuned to LowKick.com for more Fedor Emelianenko vs. Pedro Rizzo news. The fight will take place this Thursday, at 10AM EST.

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  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/purinho purinho

    Fedor is not sure of retirement, because he want’s to kick M1 Global gangster’s ass in his last fight, and by doing that, make Gangsta the happiest man on the planet.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/FirstnLastEmperor FirstnLastEmperor

    Don’t retire! Dana, work it out, get him in there to fight winner of cain n jds, or even let him fight barnett like he was supposed to for a million years now.. or a rematch with that big ugly motha……. i think he’d be sure to not get mounted this time by bigfoot, or to go into werdum’s guard… hell, if hendo losest to jones id love to see that rematch too… what a cluster**** it is to have this guy fighting pedro rizzo who hasnt been relevant for 10yrs now… we all know he CAN hang with the best, but is forced to fight mediocre…

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Laimis Laimis

    If he retires someone should show him a video of his Pride highlights.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/MalikAnwar Malik Anwar

    It is wrong to say Fador is not a good fighter
    He was a great fighter.

    But unfortunately i do not believe that he is even top 10 now

    he might be no 1 at one time
    but the level of competition we have in ufc now is beyond fador’s reach.

    Fador has a knock out power in both hands for sure
    he is a good ground game
    he has a huge heart
    But i do not think he can beat the below fighters or should i say he does not have a good chance against them.
    cuz everyone has a punchers chance

    1. JDS
    2. Cain
    3. alister overeen
    4. shane carwin
    5. brock lesner
    6. jon jones
    7 layoto machida

    these guys already beat him
    big foot silva
    dan hederson

    please guys dont flip
    its my opinion
    your views are welcome

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/campbell campbell

    Man this fight is going to be epic! Oh wait its 2012 not 2001 my bad.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/kungfurule kungfurule

    Beat ya gangsta!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/M1_Global_Gangsta M1_Global_Gangsta

    I WOULD LOVE TO SPAR WITH FEDOR. IT would be a great honor to be Knocked Out by his punches .

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/M1_Global_Gangsta M1_Global_Gangsta

    But Am not masochist, I would still defend myself the best i can hahaha Go FEDOR beat PredoRizzo

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/mokoko mokoko

    Fedor is the only HW who can stand up with JDS and can take punches

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

    Block punches with your face 8))

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

    We need a “silly” tab to click

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/IChokePeople IChokePeople


  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/IChokePeople IChokePeople

    For you

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/IChokePeople IChokePeople

    I don’t know about taking JDS’s punches but Fedor can definitely strike with him. He out struck a prime Cro Cop and unlike Cro Cop Fedor seems to be working toward getting back in shape. He also hasn’t lost his chin like the Croatian.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/TheRealDeal TheRealDeal

    We’re all sure that you should retire Fedor, at least the smart ones in the bunch.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Hmadrigal Hmadrigal

    of course he’s fighting fighters past their prime, how the hell else is he gonna get a win. the winner or can jds? what a joke. you people are hoping and not thinking real, reality is he’s lost to good fighters. i respect fedor for what he’s done for the sport but come on, he’s fighting a guy that beat ken shamrock 2 years ago, nuff said