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And Now He’s Retired: John Olav Einemo

(John Einemo, the only man to ever truly smell what The Rock was cookin’.)

Norwegian news site is reporting that former UFC heavyweight John Olav Einemo has decided to call it a career after being cut from the promotion following his loss to Mike Russow at UFC on Fox 2.

Although Einemo told reporters that the UFC had left the proverbial door open for his return if he was able to put a couple wins together in smaller promotions, Einemo felt that the time he had to spend away from his family during the training process was simply too much to handle. Apparently his wife and kids didn’t drive him crazy. For those of you who are suddenly overwhelmed with panic as to when you’ll see J.O.E again, fret not, for he plans to help build upon Norway’s ever-growing MMA scene as a coach somewhere down the line.

Nevermind, this is likely the last we’ll see of Einemo before the trolls get him.

“The Viking” started off his MMA career in October of 2000, amassing five straight wins under the Shooto, Finnfight, and Focus Fight banners, with none of those wins making it out of the first round. In 2003, Einemo became the first and last man to defeat Roger Gracie in ADCC competition at the finals of the ADCC trials (88-98 kg weight class). He also holds notable grappling victories over Alexandre Ferreira, Bellator vet Vitor Vianna, and Rolles Gracie.

Einemo would suffer his first professional defeat to Farbicio Werdum at Pride 31 in 2006, which was quickly overshadowed by an in ring riot between the Chute Box camp, Mark Coleman, and Phil Baroni in which Wanderlei Silva had his head stepped on. Ah, the good old days. After claiming his place alongside the approximately 200 men to have beaten James Thompson later that year, Einemo would take a five year hiatus from the sport, likely to help hunt the aforementioned trolls that plague Norway’s mountainous regions.

Einemo emerged from hiding in 2011 when he signed with the UFC and put in a Fight of the Night earning performance against Dave Herman at UFC 131. Despite Einemo’s extensive BJJ background, the fight was contested mostly on the feet, with both men rocking the other on more than one occasion. Herman would have the last laugh, however, finishing Einemo off midway through the second round. Shortly thereafter, Einemo was axed along with several other fighters signed under Golden Glory management due to ongoing contract disputes.

It wasn’t long until an agreement was reached between the two and Einemo, along with Alistair and Valentijn Overeem, were allowed to come back to their Zuffa-financed jobs. Marloes Coenen, on the other hand, was shipped off to a deserted island and forced to feed on Dutch celebrities whilst searching for buried treasure. And they say chivalry is dead in the world.

Einemo would try to bounce back at UFC on FOX 2, where he faced off against the deceivingly talented Mike Russow, who was riding a ten fight win streak at the time. Things would not go Einemo’s way, as he would find himself trapped beneath Russow’s amorphous figure for three rounds en route to a unanimous decision loss.

We here at CP would just like to wish John (can we call you John?) the best of luck in all of his future endeavors. Do the same in the comments section, Potato Nation.

-J. Jones

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linzhanat- April 5, 2012 at 9:06 am
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Alan K- April 4, 2012 at 3:57 pm
That's unfortunate. UFC needs more vikings because vikings kick ass.
jimjim- April 4, 2012 at 3:02 pm
Damn =( Too bad he never got to fully show his awesome ground game during his time in the UFC.
On the other hand, he is going to be part of Joakim Aardalen's (Norways most talented wrestler in the 75kg class, currently participating in a TUF-ish tv show called Norges Beste Fighter - Norways Best Fighter) team, helping Aardalen to get ready for MMA. Would love to see that guy in the UFC..

Until then, its up to Simeon Thoresen to break the "norwegian curse" in the UFC - as none of the previous norwegian fighters (Dan Tore Evensen and J.O.E) has won a fight..
Bergaust_Vestre- April 4, 2012 at 2:33 pm
Now we norwegians has to put our trust to carry the viking spirit in Simeon Thoresen at UFC Sweden.
Anyone know if Joachim `Hellboy` Hansen is retired
jimjim- April 4, 2012 at 3:05 pm
Hellboys last fight was in september.. Haven't heard anything about retirement yet.. Damn shame he was never interested in the UFC..
Motivated Penn- April 4, 2012 at 2:15 pm
As a Norwegian fan I wish he would have gotten a win in the UFC, but I can understand his decision. He's at the bottom of a long ass climb back into the organization, there's no way he can get high level training in his home country, and he's 36 with a family, so he'd have to travel abroad to train and fight. In addition to that, he'd earn little money during that time, and there's no guarantees he'd make it back into the UFC, nor that the pay would be sufficient even there. So. Well I REALLY enjoyed watching him fight in the UFC, the Russow fight wasn't great, but the fight with Herman was entertaining and could at times have gone either way. Wish him the best of luck working on building MMA in Scandinavia!
linzhanar- April 4, 2012 at 2:11 pm
Viva Hate- April 4, 2012 at 1:46 pm
Bigger News: Reem has failed his pre fight drug test.
DangadaDang- April 4, 2012 at 2:02 pm
Don't worry, we already got someone on it.
Sloppyspray- April 4, 2012 at 1:22 pm
hasn't Roger Gracie been beaten in JJ competition multiple times since losing to J.O.E.? His wiki says he lost to Cruz, Souza x2, and Ribiero x3
Cage Tomato- April 4, 2012 at 2:19 pm
In BJJ competitions, yes. Not in ADCC.
DangadaDang- April 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm
I meant ADCC competition. My bad.