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Fedor Tells Russian Reporters ‘I Will Fight More’

(“Retire? No, I said I was going to ‘relax.’ That crazy translator lady always misquotes me.”)

Returning to his Russian homeland following his disappointing defeat at the hands of Antonio Bigfoot Silva on Saturday night, Fedor Emelianenko told reporters at the airport that he will likely fight again and that the pseudo-reitrement announcement he made following the fight was a knee-jerk reaction to racking up the second legitimate loss of his MMA career.

“I rushed to declare my retirement out of frustration. I will fight more. Possibly, I will return to the [Strikeforce] Heavyweight Grand-Prix,” Fedor told LifeSports.ru. “I am confident that I am capable of having a few more fights. I didn’t make any analysis yet on why I lost. I need to recover. I can’t see very well yet.”

When asked about Fedor’s decision, his Sambo coach Vladimir Voronov was optimistic that Emelianenko will be back on top again.

“He has a hematoma, but it will go. It’s very good that Fedor still has his fighting spirit, he is ready to break everyone now,” Voronov told the Russian language combat sports website. “Most importantly for him is not to have any psychological pressure. The loss will make him train with triple the effort.”

The Last Emperor’s striking coach, Alexander Michov is also confident that his charge could be snuck find his way back into the tournament if a participant is forced out of the grand prix and  M-1 plays hardball with Strikeforce and Showtime the voting panel voted him the alternate.

“Fedor is quite able to return to the tournament,” Emelianenko’s striking coach, Alexander Michkov explained. “Everybody stumbles. This is not as terrible as everyone is making it out to be.”

On an interesting note, M-1′s director of operations Evengi Kogan mentioned to Ariel Helwani after Fedor’s loss Saturday that Emelianenko will likely spend some time in Holland training to amp up his preparations for his next fight if and when he decided to compete again. Reps from M-1 mentioned prior to the fight with Silva that they were planning on bringing in trainers from Ernesto Hoost’s Dutch fight team to help Fedor train, but it’s unclear whether or not they ended up making the trek to Stary Oskol.

(Video courtesy of YouTube/MMAFighting)

Besides the pressure M-1 likely put on its mealticket to return to the cage, it’s possible that Showtime may have leaned on Fedor a bit as well, considering the rumor that the company is moving into a partnership with the specialty network and that Emelianenko was likely a major bargaining chip for the deal.

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AussieJosh- February 16, 2011 at 3:46 am
My Gf thinks Fedor looks hot in that Jacket and them sunnys.....
MitchD- February 15, 2011 at 8:20 pm
Sweet we will get to see him destroyed again!
Myballsisharry- February 15, 2011 at 4:31 pm
I gots to get me a pair of dem Russian versions of Irish sunglasses
Lawrence- February 15, 2011 at 3:31 pm
Why did M-1 choose a British homosexual to represent them in America?
Chael Sonnen's lone sperm cell- February 15, 2011 at 2:55 pm
ALSO i watched like 30 seconds of that interview and instantly wanted to punch that evgeni faggot in his big homo glasses, "i expect an interview before AND after the fight next time" man shut the fuck up be glad you even got an interview, you scum bag
Chael Sonnen's lone sperm cell- February 15, 2011 at 2:51 pm
MANNNN! that fight was intense, i was never a fan of Fedor or Bigfoot but now i like both of them, alot actually, we have all seen now that Fedor isn't invincible, and he took one hell of a beating, which makes him awesome in my eyes, and bigfoot damn did he ever have one hell of a game plan, good fight by both them guys. Glad fedor isn't retiring, i'd like to see a few more brawls like that
Cage Potato Moderator- February 15, 2011 at 1:52 pm
Its the one about the striking coach.
Cage Potato Moderator- February 15, 2011 at 1:52 pm
There is one paragraph in this article that makes no sence at all. Its like you were reporting live from the grammys or something.
ccman- February 15, 2011 at 1:28 pm
See I'm not a fedor hater. I just have seen the reality of him for way to long and am tired of giving him a pass no other fighter would get. Like 2 dr stoppages don't equal losses. Like imagining werdum, rogers, aa, and big foot as top 10 competition.
durf- February 15, 2011 at 1:07 pm
fedors haters are the fucking worst; they actively hate a man for no logical reason, he isn't some brock lesnar lookin' chump flipping off his fanbase and calling them faggots; just a regular dude

haters gon hate
ccman- February 15, 2011 at 12:22 pm
Someone, please god, make fedor go away while his teste worshippers still have an ounce of dignity. Seriously its becoming sad.
myklhoey- February 15, 2011 at 12:17 pm
why shouldnt he be a alternt fighta, if someone needs to drop out,
the match was stopped by a doc not tko or ko or reff stoppage,
Isnappedyourarm- February 15, 2011 at 11:32 am
THis myth has been busted. I will never support anything that has to do with M1 global. I just hope for Fedor's sake those scumballs didn't steal all his money. Russia is weird.
Buff Frank Mir- February 15, 2011 at 11:32 am
I was never a Fedor fan at all, but I respect the heart he showed and grew to like him a lot more. With that being said, it is offensive and takes away all integrity that Strikeforce has if they place an eliminated fighter back in especially losing two in a row. Fedor has always been respectful of the sport and he should know better then to consider jumping back in the tourney.
Dynamo- February 15, 2011 at 11:19 am
Well, they aren't going to bash him like a lot of prepubescent MMA fans. Shit happens, I don't think he should be able to be an alternate but of course there going to back him up.
Kim Couture is a cunt- February 15, 2011 at 11:03 am
I hate him more than anybody I have ever seen interviewed in MMA ever. Thats Fedor's people boys.....real fuckin winners. That guy might as well go puff Fedor off. Wow, just wow. Kogan, Vadim and the legendary Jerry Millen are Fedor's team of people.....wow.
Kim Couture is a cunt- February 15, 2011 at 11:00 am
That guy is a fucking pussy sounding douchbag.
darkmanx- February 15, 2011 at 10:56 am
the whole GP...is a waste of time....seriously if I didn't get showtime for free I wouldn't watch it.. I actually DVR'd it and watched the end of the second round...these heavyweights wouldn't last with Mitrione...
bob reilly can tongue punch my fart box- February 15, 2011 at 10:54 am
Fedor needs to drop the hammer and bust out the sickle. See what I did there? In communist Russia joke tells you!
MMASouthAfrica- February 15, 2011 at 10:47 am
Fedor on Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix:

"It really separates the strong from the weak."

Ouch...
Turd Furgeson- February 15, 2011 at 10:43 am
Palhares' shades are way cooler.
1234- February 15, 2011 at 10:32 am
so retarded that they'd let him back into the tournament...if you lose, you lose, that's it you're done. any other alternate would be fine cause they haven't lost yet, even THEY had to win to get to become an alternate... him being an alternate would devoid the GP of any meaning whatsoever.... bunch of retardos.
Gobbleston- February 15, 2011 at 10:26 am
I think Fedor just needs to have a relax. I really wish they would let him fight a (semi) can before getting back to top contention. Like he said, something didn't click during the bigfoot fight, and that was stress from his first loss to Werdum. He announced his retirement because he worries he might not ever get his confidence to win again. He just needs to relax and get his mojo back.
Smitty- February 15, 2011 at 10:17 am
If it were any other fighter that lost, they wouldn't be making a way for them to get back into the tournament, if they lost. I'm happy about it though! But I like the taste of Fedors nuts like that!
destinationblood- February 15, 2011 at 10:00 am
wow Silva really laid the Gorbachev on Fedor....
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