Fedor Emelianenko. Photo courtesy of Affliction Entertainment.
As he spoke to the 11,287 in attendance at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ, Fedor Emelianenko, long MMA's top fighter in any weight class, looked relieved.
Following his loss to Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva in the opening round of Strikeforce's heavyweight grand prix tournament on Saturday, Emelianenko revealed that he may have just fought for the last time.
"Something went wrong from the very beginning and I couldn't readjust myself," Emelianenko said after the fight. "Maybe it's time to leave. Maybe it's the last time. Maybe it's high time. Thank you for everything. I spent a great, beautiful and long sporting life. Maybe it's God's will."
Longtime heavyweight king and new Strikeforce acquisition Fedor Emelianenko will be part of an open workout session this Wednesday in New York City. The event is free and open to the public, fans and media alike.
The festivities, which will also include a meet-and-greet and an autograph session with Emelianenko, is slated to begin at 3:30 PM ET at the Fighthouse MMA gym, which is located at 122 West 27th Street, 2nd Floor in Manhattan.
It was supposed to be different this time around.
With the collapse of Affliction complete and the list of suitable non-UFC opponents dwindling, the top heavyweight in the world, Fedor Emelianenko, seemed likely to finally sign with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. However despite early reports suggesting that a deal was imminent, we stand here with the two sides as distant as ever, and it comes as no surprise.
Fedor Emelianenko. Photo courtesy of BodogFight.
Despite published reports stating that a deal was nearly complete, perennial heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko remains a free agent and not part of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s ever-growing heavyweight roster.
Emelianenko and his manager, M-1 Global figurehead Vadim Finkelchtein, held a press conference today in Anaheim, California to discuss the recent rumors and a variety of topics. It was also announced that Emelianenko will serve as the featured athlete in EA Sports’ first-ever MMA-related video game, “EA Sports MMA”, which is scheduled to be released next year.
Differing reports issued today are insinuating that longtime heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko may or may not be close to a deal that would finally land him inside the confines of the UFC.
Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday afternoon that Emelianenko’s management team and the UFC were finalizing a contract that would reportedly be announced as early as this coming Friday. However, Sports Illustrated‘s Josh Gross is now quoting M-1 Global’s Apy Echteld as dismissing Pugmire’s story as “inaccurate”.
In a three-part video series put out by M-1 Global (the first part is above), former PRIDE Fighting Championships executive and current M-1 Global USA Vice President Jerry Millen interviews Vadim Finkelchtein, the creator of the M-1 Challenge and the longtime manager of heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko.
During the interview, Finkelchtein touches on a number of things, including comments made by UFC President Dana White regarding him and his clients as well as the future of his Russian-based organization. The first part of the interview is above and the remaining two parts are available after the jump.