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Breaking News: Fedor Emalienenko To Retire From MMA
- Updated: February 13, 2011
Following a brutal beating at the hands of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, mixed martial arts legend Fedor Emalienenko appears ready to say goodbye to the sport that made him famous worldwide. Through his interpreter, he said that “maybe it’s time…if it’s God’s will” in response to Gus Johnson’s question if this was his last fight.
Amongst a chorus of boos, the Showtime play-by-play announcer for Strikeforce was able to get a few lines out of the beaten Fedor, who was swollen, bloodied and appeared to be the victim of a brutal crime rather than a sanctioned fight with rules. His right eye was barely recognizable and was the reason why the doctors stopped the fight following the second round.
The fight was the main event at the Strikeforce World Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament at the IZOD Center in New Jersey.
Silva dominated the fight, especially the second round, one in which he put a new definition on the MMA term ‘ground and pound.’ He was able to keep Fedor down and hit him repeatedly with raining hammer fists.
Fedor’s record now stands at 31-3 with one no-contest, but he has dropped his last two fights and has looked much less of the intimidating force he once was. It is definitely time for Fedor to go after seeing this one-sided bout. No official announcement was made, but there really isn’t any need for one at this point besides confirming what everyone already knows.
Officials from M-1 Global (the organization that Fedor fights under) and Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker did their best to deflect the possibility of carrying on with out their main draw. The post fight press conferences went on without Fedor, who needed to be taken to the hospital with a possible broken orbital bone. When asked about Fedor retiring, all three said that they felt he would fight again.
Photo: Esther Lin/Strikeforce