Pride and M1 star Alexander Emelianenko (21-6) has announced his retirement. The owner of a 6-2 record in Pride, one of Emelianenko’s high points was his first round TKO of Sergei Kharitonov at Pride Final Conflict Absolute in 2006. He also had a remarkable run in 04/05 when he scored three consecutive KO victories in a combined 54 seconds. The three-time Sambo openweight world champion told his fans today via Facebook:
I want to thank you for your support, for having supported me in spite of all that they say about me. Unfortunately, I will not be able to perform in the ring because of health problems caused by old injuries. Of course, as an athlete it’s a hard time. I am grateful to my fans and partners for their support, for believing in me, and I am grateful to my detractors. Your attitude always made me move forward and achieve new things. I realise now I was hit by a barrage of accusations and criticisms, not directly related to my job. Unfortunately, there will always be people who want you in bad situations to score points. I don’t want to comment on anything, explain or justify. Each of us in life does good and does bad – that is our nature. I think I did a lot for the sport and I hope my example has drawn a lot of young people to the gym. Otherwise, God will judge us all, in time. Now I want to give the publicity away. I want to take care of my health, my family, which I lost, and my daughter, who I love very much. Perhaps I will see you again. Thank you! Be well and believe in God!