There was talk of Russian legend Fedor Emelianenko retiring if he were to lose to renowned veteran striker Pedro Rizzo at the M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Rizzo event which occurred earlier today (June 21, 2012) in St. Petersburg, Russia.
It appears that's it's true. According to Lowkick's Anton Gurevich, Emelianenko has retired after a lengthy career saying:
"I think it's time. I'm retiring from sports. I still have the SAMBO World Championships. My family is the reason I will not be fighting again. My daughters are growing without their father, so it's the right time to leave...There's no 'fantastic' offer that could tempt me out of retirement. I'm retiring to spend more time with my family"
There are many paths to freedom....not all are peaceful.
good riddance...i kid, i kid. as a pure mma fan, it's hard not to be a fan of fedor's, but it's even harder to call him the goat. sorry. with that said, thank you for everything. just a shame we never got to see him on the big stage (yea i said it).