Days after his second-straight loss left him considering retirement, Fedor Emelianenko said he plans to continue his fighting career in Strikeforce, who expect to have him face the loser of Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum.
“I rushed to declare my retirement. I will fight more,” Emelianenko told reporters after returning to his native Russia. “Possibly, I will return to the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix. I haven’t analyzed why I lost. I need to recover first.”
After a second-round TKO to Antonio Silva on Saturday eliminated Emelianenko from Strikeforce’s heavyweight grand prix, CEO Scott Coker said a return to the tournament was possible, but told MMA Fighting on Monday that Fedor will likely face the loser of April’s quarterfinal between Overeem and Werdum in his expected return.