Fedor Emelianenko implied after his loss to Antonio Silva on Saturday night that now may be the time to bring an end to his MMA career, but it appears that some of his fellow professionals disagree.
Despite handing him a beating at the event, ‘Big Foot’ reveals that he spoke to Fedor hours after the fight and urged him to continue fighting.
“When he left the hospital at 5am, I was at the hotel’s lobby and I talked to him and asked him not to stop fighting because he still have many things to show to the fans and that people still wanted to see him on the cage. And, after that, the guy came and kissed my forehead… Get it? He’s a wonderful guy, and everybody wants to see the best of all times in a good shape. He’s all about being humble,” Silva told TATAME.
Meanwhile, another competitor in the Heavyweight Grand-Prix and friend of the Russian, Josh Barnett, also feels it’s not time for Fedor to hang up his gloves.
“You know, everybody’s got to do what they’ve got to do. If I had anything to say about it, I wouldn’t want him to, but it’s not my decision,” a disappointed looking Barnett told TheGarv website.
Personally, I’ll agree with whatever Fedor decides. He knows his body best, and how much desire he has left to fight.
I do think his skills are in decline, and he’s not going to have it his own way if he continues to fight, but he’s still got something to offer and so far he’s not getting knocked out repeatedly like Chuck Liddell began too, or Andrei Arlovski is now doing.
If he decides to call it a career at 31-3 though, having never been knocked out, or even legitimately TKO’d (his two TKO losses were both caused by doctor’s stoppages), rather than fight on and risk both his health and his reputation, then I’d fully understand that too.
Check out Barnett’s full interview below.