Just days after declaring that he was seriously contemplating retirement after losing to Antonio Silva in the quarter-finals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand-Prix, Fedor Emelianenko has revealed that perhaps he spoke too soon.
Arriving back in Russia from the U.S earlier today, Fedor spoke to Lifesports.Ru about his feelings, having a few days to reflect on the defeat.
“I rushed to declare my retirement,” Fedor admits of his comments made in the cage just moments after losing the bout. “I will fight more. Possibly, I will return to the Heavyweight Grand-Prix,” he adds, regarding the potential for him to be brought back as an alternate should another fighter be injured later in the tournament.
“I am capable of having a few more fights. I didn’t make any analysis yet on why I lost. I need to recover, I can’t see very well yet,” Fedor stated.
Fedor’s coaching staff have also revealed they are pleased with the fighter’s attitude, and believe his latest loss will help re-motivate him.
“It’s very nice that Fedor still has his fighting spirit, he is ready to rip everyone apart right now. Yes, his eye is swallowed, but it will heal. Most importantly for him not to have any psychological pressure. After this, he will train with a triple effort,” one of the fighter’s coaches, Vladimir Voronov said.