Fedor Emelianenko returns to Russia, says Dan Henderson asked him not to retirePosted on August 2, 2011, 04:46 AM by Anton Gurevich
Heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko returned to Russia after another disappointing defeat, this time from the hands of Dan "Hendo" Henderson in the main event of stacked Strikeforce card in Chicago, Illinois. Slightly bruised Emelianenko declared he's injury free, and revealed what Dan Henderson whispered in his ear only a few moments after Herb Dean's dramatic stoppage.
"He asked me not to retire, and to continue fighting. [Dan Henderson] thanked me for fighting him, and said that he has been following my career in Mixed Martial Arts," said Fedor, who immediately related to the decision making process about his possible retirement. "If God wants, we'll continue fighting. Right now, I just want to be with my family, and my new-born daughter."
Despite the fact that Fedor Emelianenko still has one fight remaining on his renewed Strikeforce/Showtime contract, there's a clause that "The Last Emperor" can retire if he gets caught in a losing streak. Following the "L" in a fight with Dan Henderson, Fedor's record went down to 31-4-1 overall, and 3-4 in the U.S.