In the aftermath of his loss to Antonio Silva last night, Fedor Emelianenko suggested that retirement was now a real possibility, but Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker appears convinced that won’t be the case.
“No, not all,” Coker told MMAfighting’s Ariel Helwani backstage when asked if the star was likely to hang up his gloves.
“You know how it is when the fight happens, it’s an emotional time, he’s injured right now, but I don’t see him retiring on a fight like this.”
In fact Coker suggested that Fedor might not even be finished in the Heavyweight Tournament depending on what happens next.
“Fedor could be, if there’s an injury in the future, Fedor could be the guy [to step in as a replacement], but with Shane [Del Rosario] and Chad [Griggs], maybe we’ll have those guys compete on the undercard of the next fight and keep moving along and keep them growing.
“It’s going to go to the committee, and how could Fedor not be your first pick, you know?”
Coker also believes that, regardless of what happens in the tournament, Fedor will still be involved in one of the big fights Strikeforce, and many fans, wanted to see him in.
“I think we’ll see either Fedor fight Werdum in a rematch, or Fedor fight Alistair [Overeem], depending on the outcome of that event. So you’re still going to see Fedor in some great fights, and, you know, I don’t think he’s done.”
Elsewhere in the interview Coker gave credit to Antonio Silva for being more than just a big fighter physically, noting that he has legitimate skills too and also praised Sergeio Kharitonov for his heavy hands that can finish a fight at any time.
Finally, Coker confirmed that Gina Carano will be returning to Strikeforce, most likely in the summer.
Watch the full interview below.