When legendary heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko steps into the ring for a June bout against Pedro Rizzo fans could be witnessing the iconic Russian’s final fight. Though Emelianenko has picked up a pair of wins since his struggles under the Strikeforce banner it appears he’s ready to call it quits and see if retirement agrees with him.
“I think it’s time to call it a day. This fight may be my last one,” revealed Emelianenko to RIA Novosti.
The 35-year old Emelianenko holds an overall record of 33-4 with 25 finishes and was seen as being virtually unbeatable until suffering a trio of consecutive losses in Strikeforce. Among the numerous notable opponents he’s beaten are Jeff Monson, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Andrei Arlovski, Tim Sylvia, and Mirko Filipovic.
Emelianenko faces Rizzo on June 22 in St. Petersburg meaning if he does indeed hang his gloves up he will at least do so in front of his fellow countrymen.
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MMATraining Take: It’s a shame Emelianenko will likely never fight inside the Octagon since he’ll always have an asterisk on his record as a result. However, there’s no questioning his greatness if you’re a true MMA enthusiast instead of someone who just roots for brands.