Tomorrow night, Fedor "The Last Emperor" Emelianenko is reportedly stepping in the ring for the last time against fellow MMA veteran, Pedro Rizzo. Although three years the younger of Rizzo, Emelianenko will have had ten more career fights than the Brazilian by the end of the evening, and what a career it's been.
Not including a fluke seventeen-second TKO loss via doctor stoppage for a cut, Emelianenko attained legendary status for his 31 straight victories until current UFC heavyweight Fabricio Werdum shocked the world by submitting the Russian in summer of 2010. Since then, Emelianenko has gone 2-2.
While Fedor looks to put together a three-fight win streak with a victory over Rizzo, who has not competed since 2010, the Russian is not only unsure if he has changed as a fighter, but noncommittal regarding retirement as well.
"It's hard to say if I changed as a fighter," Emelianenko told LowKick.com. "I'm competing for more than 12 (years), so it's really hard to tell. I know that my training process has changed. As far as other sports go – all I can say is that I'm loyal to Mixed Martial Arts."
And as for his supposed retirement, post-fight? Fedor had this to say.
"It's up to God," Fedor told in an exclusive interview with LowKick.com. "I still have to fight Pedro Rizzo."
If the multi-time PRIDE champion does choose to retire, he plans to busy himself promoting the sport of MMA in his home country, Russia. As for now, Fedor is focused on his formidable opponent, Pedro Rizzo. The two will face off tomorrow night in St. Petersburg at the Ice Palace, where the crowd is expected to be at capacity, at 10 PM EST.
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