Aleksander Emelianenko has un-retired himself, after calling it quits following his submission loss to Jeff Monson in November under the M-1 banner. The younger brother of the legendary Fedor Emelianenko compiled a 21-6 record over a 10 year career. Aleksander made a statement to ProFC’s website regarding his comeback:
“I have spent the last few months in an Orthodox monastery on Mount Athos in Greece and had many conversations with the elders and priests there.I communicated a lot with Elijah, the confessor of our Metropolitan, and he gave me the advice and the blessings to return to the sport. I have since signed a long-term contract [with ProFC] and soon, tentatively in the summer, you will see my debut inside their cage.”
Emelianenko was considered a dangerous striker during his time in Pride FC earning 13 knockout victories over his entire MMA career. The later part of his career was mostly spent fighting for Eastern European organizations so there is no change there.
Fedor Emelianenko was recently quoted as saying that he would return to MMA only with god’s blessing. It would appear that at least one of the Emelianenko brothers has been given the O.K by the man upstairs. The obvious question would be If or when will Fedor be making a return?
Another question that comes to mind, regarding either man, is will they be relevant at this stage? If Fedor does choose to return to the sport in which he was so dominant, where will he go? Who will he fight? If he does return, I do hope he hasn’t burnt too many bridges with the UFC and Dana White.