If you been keeping a torch brightly burning with the hope that Fedor Emelianenko might fight again, well, it looks like it may not have been in vain after all…
Yes, reports have surfaced that “The Last Emperor” is planning to step in the ring, and or cage, once again. In fact, in a story from the Russian outlet Union MMA, the fighter is quoted saying he’s coming back. Here is some of what the 38 year-old had to say, according to the almighty Google translate function:
“During his time at the Ministry, I was able to work on the development of the arts, has worked closely with the presidents of sports federations recognized the problem from within the sport, as far as possible, try to solve them. But now I feel that it is time to return to the ring.
I was able to recover and heal old wounds. The last three years I have maintained the physical form, but this level is not enough to go into battle. Therefore recently I started intensive training. We have assembled a team of versatile coaches and athletes who will help me in the training process. I will try to participate in professional growth fighters. There is still work to do to prepare to leave the ring. Negotiations are underway with companies that conduct battles. Once agreements are reached, there will be information on the date of the fight and rival. “
How about that folks? Yes, this is pretty, pretty huge news if it’s accurate. Bloody Elbow.com is also reporting that multiple sources close to the situation have confirmed that Emelianenko is training again and is indeed, planning to fight once again.
So, now it will be interesting to see if this in fact transpires, and where Emelianenko fights. The former PRIDE champ finished out his career while fighting for M-1 Global in Russia, and defeated Jeff Monson, Pedro Rizzo and Satoshi Ishii during that time. Emelianenko hung up the gloves in 2012.
Those wins took place overseas after Emelianko dropped bouts to Fabricio Werdum “Bigfoot” Silva and Dan Henderson while fighting for Strikeforce.
If Emelianenko ends up fighting for Bellator or the UFC, then this could be huge….