Earlier today Fedor Emelianenko’s management M-1 Global released a statement which revealed that the fighter is aiming to run for the Russian Senate.
The news has set some alarm bells ringing on some MMA sites that the legendary fighter may be set to call time on his fighting career after the remaining two fights of his current Strikeforce contract.
So is he planning to hang up his gloves?
According to Fighters Only that’s not the case, as a source from Russia tells them the retirement angle of the story “has no basis in reality”, while Sherdog reporter Loretta Hunt also confirmed that Fedor’s camp say this won’t intervene with his fighting career.
It should also be noted that Fedor is not the first fighter to have an ambition to get involved in politics. The UFC’s Chael Sonnen is currently running for the Oregon legislature despite also preparing to compete with Anderson Silva in a title fight at UFC 117. Before him Matt Lindland also tried to run in the same state in 2008.
Further afield Mirko Cro Cop once held a seat in the Croatian Parliament after having run as a non-party candidate in the country’s elections in 2003,
Check out the full press-release announcing Fedor’s entry into politics below (translated by MiddleEasy):
“The regional political council of the party “United Russia” approved the list of candidates for internal party elections – the primaries. In the list of 58 candidates. No less than 10 000 United Russia vote will determine the best, and who will receive the first place in the party list in the upcoming October elections in the Belgorod Regional Duma.
The list of early voting have 24 newcomers who have never participated in elections to the legislature. One of the achievements was the inclusion in the list not only members of United Russia, but also simply to party supporters and even non-party candidates. This is for example the managing director Combine KMA Ruda Vladimir Tom and CEO JBK-1 Yuri Selivanov. They are not only members of the party, but also by working in obldume fourth convocation, not included in the United Russia Duma faction.
Among the most notable candidates, in addition to the deputies (Anatolia Zelikow, Victor Filatov, Vadim Cage, Valeria Skruga, Ivan Kulabuhova, Vladimir Kulikovsky) – a famous athlete Fedor Emelianenko, the new director of Belarusian State Technological University Sergey Glagolev (by the way, non-partisan), director of the Institute of Public and municipal government BSU Alexander Mamatov.”