UFC plays down Fedor talk, M-1 Global says "The Last Emperor" is no longer an active fighterPosted on June 26, 2012, 05:50 PM by Anton Gurevich
Fedor Emelianenko has officially announced his retirement at last weekend's M-1 Global: White Nights fight card in St. Petersburg, Russia, but the rumors about The Last Emperor's return are already circulating around the World Wide Web.
Speaking exclusively to HDNet Fights, Emelianenko detailed his decision to retire from Mixed Martial Arts competition. The Russian legend declared it's "the right time" to walk away from the sport, but still claimed that everything is possible.
Today (via MMA.tv), UFC President Dana White once again clarified that he's not interested in Fedor Emelianenko's services. Answering on question whether the Ultimate Fighting Championship might still be interested in Emelianenko, White replied with "Isn't he retired?".
The answer to Dana White's question, at least for now, is a clear "yes". M-1 Global Director of Operations, Evgeni Kogan, refused to play a matchmaker on Twitter, stating that he respects Fedor Emelianenko's decision to retire.
As my 2 Euro cents, I would say that Fedor Emelianenko's "anything is possible" comment was blown out of proportion. Emelianenko is not going to fight again anytime soon. Combat Sambo and exhibition fights (like the one he did with Shinya Aoki) are now the only option to see Fedor in action. This is not a Rocky movie, and Fedor Emelianenko is far from being Sylvester Stallone (or vice versa). Fans and the media must respect Fedor Emelianenko's decision to retire with his head held high.