Since his long unbeaten run came to an end and a string of defeats followed, thoughts of retirement has never been far from Fedor Emelianenko’s mind.
However, despite losing to Dan Henderson at the end of July – his third loss in a row – and also being cut from the Strikeforce promotion, it turns out that ‘The Last Emperor’ is not ready to hang up his gloves just yet.
The news was confirmed today by M-1 Global’s Vadim Finkelstein.
“We consulted with Fedor and it was decided that he should not leave the sport in this way. His friends and past opponents support Fedor in continuing his career and he agreed.”
With Strikeforce no longer an option and Dana White making it clear he’s not interested in welcoming the Russian to the UFC, M-1 Global are now making alternative arrangements for their prize possession, and it appears that somewhere closer to home will play host to his next encounter.
“We want to organize a fight for Fedor in Russia and have already begun working in this direction. If everything goes as planned, we will produce a card in Moscow or St. Petersburg sometime in the fall with Fedor as the main event.”
Finkelstein is not ruling out the potential for Fedor to return to the U.S however where he still has a sizeable following and is sure to attract the interest of a number of promotions. Having said that the plan may well be to have him fight for the M-1 Global promotion itself and that would certainly be the best idea to introduce their brand to a broader audience.
“If all is successful, in 2012 we’ll be back in the U.S. All these ideas are being developed right now and we want to work exactly according to this plan.”