Time catches up on "The Last Emperor" Fedor EmelianenkoPosted on February 13, 2011, 06:16 AM by Anton Gurevich
Last night, we witnessed the victory of Time over one of the greatest warriors in modern history - Fedor Emelianenko. The 230-pound Russian struggled to match Antonio Silva's brutal strength, as his grotesquely swollen eye forced the doctors to stop the action between rounds 2 and 3.
There's nothing to be disappointed about. Fedor's defeat is a natural consequence of events, with younger fighters being simply better than the veterans. Fedor didn't lose to Fabricio Werdum or Antonio Silva. He lost to an unstoppable thing called "Time", which finally caught on him.
"The Last Emperor" left behind elsewhere in 2006, with the same proven tactics, nutrition, training methods and questionable training partners. It's a wrong thing to do, especially when you're competing in a constantly developing sport like Mixed Martial Arts. But Fedor did things his way, which proved itself over and over again until the recent two fights.
However, the idea that one fighter will stand with his hand raised for over a decade with corpses of opponents underneath his feet, is simply unreal. And Fedor is not the only example. There's at least 5 all-time greats currently competing in MMA, who should hang up their gloves. Fedor was labeled "The Russian Robot" so many times, but yesterday we saw a final proof that "The Last Emperor" made flesh and blood just like anyone else.
Don't let anyone to rewrite history and skew the facts. Fedor Emelianenko is one of the greatest, if not the greatest Mixed Martial Artist in the history. Fedor is a true definition of modern warrior, who won incredibly tough battles throughout his career. Whether you like or not, he deserves the respect of everyone who calls himself "MMA fan", and will surely remain as an icon of this sport for ages to come.
Fedor will now return to Stariy Oskol, Russia, where he will decide about his future actions. He still has two fights under contract with Strikeforce/Showtime, and I will not be surprised if we see "The Last Emperor" in the cage once again. Should he retire? In my humble opinion, yes. Definitely. But at the end of the day, it's Fedor. And just like any other Emperor, he's the only one who can make this decision.
Photos: Esther Lin for Strikeforce