Saturday night was a tough one for Fedor Emelianenko in many respects, but there was at least a little good news.
After being taken to the hospital following his fight with Antonio Silva, scans showed that despite severe swelling around his right eye, that there was no facial fracture.
With no major injury to concern himself with, Fedor will now return to his homeland to contemplate his future.
“They’re going back to Russia tomorrow, and I think things should become clear over the next month or so about the future,” M-1 Global’s Director Of Operations Evgeni Kogan revealed to MMAfighting.
Following the fight Fedor stated that he was seriously contemplating retirement, but both his management M-1 Global and Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker seem convinced he will step into the cage again.
In the aftermath of last night’s event it was suggested that Fedor could yet still compete at a later stage in the Grand-Prix as an alternate if another fighter becomes injured.
The fact that he was not as badly injured as was first feared means that’s now a real possibility.
Another suggestion is that Fedor could fight the loser of April’s Fabricio Werdum Vs Alistair Overeem fight, since he has unfinished business with both men.
In the end though it comes down to whether Fedor himself still has a desire to compete after a long and grueling 11 year MMA career.