Dana White confirms Fedor Emelianenko has been released from StrikeforcePosted on August 4, 2011, 03:23 PM by Joey Santosus
Following his third consecutive defeat, "The Last Emperor" Fedor Emelianenko has officially been released from Strikeforce.
UFC President Dana White made the revelation following today's UFC 133 pre-fight press conference in Philadelphia.
"He's being cut," White told reporters of Emelianenko. "Why? Do you think we should keep him? You guys thought he was the pound-for-pound best in the world, but I thought he was overrated for years."
Emelianenko's release comes just days after suffering a first-round TKO loss against fellow veteran Dan Henderson. The defeat was his third straight, having previously been stopped by Antonio "Bigfoot Silva and submitted by Fabricio Werdum.
When contacted by MMAJunkie.com, M-1 Global Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan, who serves as Emelianenko's management team, stated, "Really? Given that (White) doesn't have a contract with Fedor, interesting."
Prior to the three-fight losing slump Emelianenko was widely considered the best Heavyweight in the world, having went unbeaten in 32 outings over the course of a decade. What his next move will be is unclear at this time, but the Russian has openly contemplated retirement over the past year and, following his most recent loss, insisted that his fighting future is "all in God's hands."
Stay tuned to LowKick.com for more information as it becomes available.
Photo: Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction's "Banned", a mixed martial arts fight at the Honda Center on July 19, 2008 in Anaheim, California. Francis Specker