Fedor Emelianenko is one of the favorites for Strikeforce’s Heavyweight GP which starts on Saturday night, but in a new interview the 34 year-old admits that his time competing in the sport could be drawing to a close sooner rather than later.
The Russian star says that retirement has crossed his mind in recent times, not because he has fallen out of love with the sport, but rather due to the fact that he’s not getting any younger.
“This is just because of my age. Because of my age, because for the heavyweight sportsman my age is considered a very big one. Sometimes I’m thinking about maybe finishing my sports career because also my former injuries started reminding me about themselves. But I hope that I still will have some time to fight,” Fedor told Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour radio show yesterday.
It’s sad to hear, but it’s perfectly understandable. Fighting since 2000, Fedor has racked up 35 fights in MMA, not to mention many more fights in Sambo and other combat sports.
Along the way he’s suffered some tough injuries along the way including being plagued by broken hands which has kept him out for significant periods of time during his decorated career.
So how long does he have left in the sport?
“I think maybe about a year and after it, it’s God’s will,” Fedor replied.
If that’s the case then the Strikeforce Heavyweight Tournament, which is expected to spread-out through much of 2010, could potentially be one of the last major events we see him participate in.
That’s just another reason to make sure you tune in to Fedor’s quarter-final with Antonio ‘Big Foot’ Silva this Saturday night on Showtime.