Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Exclusive: Fedor Talks Return, Werdum, Retirement And More

By Chris Howie
MMANews.com Staff Writer

June 26th, 2010. That was the day Fedor Emelianenko showed the world he was human. It's been nearly two months since the night Fabricio Werdum ended a ten year long streak and many may be wondering when and where Fedor Emelianenko will return to action in an MMA ring or cage. “I would like to fight again this year in the fall.” Emelianenko told MMANews.com “I have been home in Russia spending time with family. I am also back to my regular training routine.”

Being under contract with Strikeforce will likely lead to Fedor's next bout being in the United States but he made his career in Japan and that could also be the next place Fedor steps in the cage “Both Japan and the USA are amazing countries to fight in but the location has not been decided yet.”

There are a few possible opponents for Emelianenko, most notably a rematch with Fabricio Werdum, a rematch Fedor sees on the horizon. “He is a strong talented athlete. I look forward to a rematch with him as soon as he is recovered and healthy to fight.”

With Werdum out due to an injury and not expected to return until early 2011 it is possible, despite the loss to Werdum, that Fedor could challenge Alistair Overeem for the Strikeforce Heavyweight Title. Scott Coker has stated he would like to put the fight together and the Russian is open to a bout with the “Demolition Man”. “I think Alistair is talented fighter who posses many skills in all facets of his game. I look forward to meeting him in the future.”

Emelianenko doesn't intend on slowing down anytime soon and as long as he can bring it each time out it he plans on being a force in the heavyweight picture, “I will continue to fight as long as I can perform to the best of my abilities. I feel I am still doing so. After each fight I reflect on my performance and make decisions then.”