Fedor Emelianenko: "It's time to wrap it up"Posted on February 12, 2011, 11:11 PM by Daniel Cassidy
What high time, I couldn't adjust to the fight. Maybe it's time to wrap it up for me. I would like to thank everyone for their support throughout my career. I dedicate all my performances to you. Maybe its time to wrap it up.
Maybe its the last time. maybe its high time. I spent a great beautiful sporting life. Maybe its gods will. Thank you for your love and warm reception, thank you God for everything.
Speaking immediately after his TKO stoppage loss to Antonio "Big Foot" Silva, Fedor Emilianenko gave the biggest possible hint at his retirement. "The Last Emperor" was stopped following a second round that saw Silva spend the majority of the round in the full mount, delivering devastating hammer fists that caused Fedor's eye to swell shut. The fight was stopped between rounds once the damage was examined.
Despite a strong start, Fedor quickly looked uneasy inside the cage, and visibly struggled with the sheer size of his opponent, who commentators speculated weighed around 285 pounds at fight time, compared to the Russian's 230. His opponent's reach was also a noticeable difference in the bout, that saw Fedor's record drop to 32-3(1).
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