Fedor Retired…Did you know this?
Why didn’t anyone tell me about this? Is he still retired? I know, it’s old news, and yes he’s still retired. I find it interesting that controversy and speculation swirled around his retirement. The fans didn’t believe it at first, then they immediately thought the UFC would move in and snatch him, then the rumors of a Brock Lesnar bout started popping up (thanks to some hackers and the M-1 site) and I still see fans talking about him coming back for a fight against Daniel Cormier in Strikeforce, the rumors just won’t die. I say it was a good time for him to go, at this point he wasn’t gonna get a crack at elite competition and he doesn’t need the money. To keep fighting would have just worn his body down and put him in a position to get hurt by a young fighter. Now M-1 won’t be able to use him as a stepping stone for their next money train. I say good for Fedor and Thank you for all of the entertainment you provided through the years, long live the GOAT.
After destroying Pedro Rizzo Fedor announced his retirement:
“I think it’s time. I’m retiring from sports. I still have the SAMBO World Championships. My family is the reason I will not be fighting again. My daughters are growing without their father, so it’s the right time to leave.”
He cited his family as the main reason for quitting. Can’t fault the man for that. However, like all fighters, he left room open for return should the opponent (read Money) be right.
On Inside MMA Emelianenko said that ‘anything was possible’, when asked if he would consider fighting Brock Lesnar or any other big name opponent.
Dana White and the UFC still aren’t interested in Fedor, even now when he’d come at a serious discount. White told the UG that the UFC is still not interested in Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko. Wen asked about Fedor, Dana White replied simply “Isn’t he retired?”
Lastly, Here’s an interesting read, Fedor’s M-1 Contract. It’s long, but very interesting.