Fedor Emelianenko: I want to continue fighting

In his first interview since July 30th Strikeforce card, MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko shared thoughts about a wide array of topics. Emelianenko discussed the future of his MMA career, Dana White’s “you’re fired” comments, the critique towards his training partners, and the birth of his third daughter.

In his last fight, Emelianenko was TKO’d by fellow former PRIDE Champion Dan Henderson, in what was his third consecutive defeat in Strikeforce. UFC President Dana White immediately declared that “The Last Emperor” will no longer compete for Strikeforce, by this ending Fedor’s unsuccessful 1-3 run in the U.S during 2010-2011.

However, the man who remained undefeated for 10 years is far from hanging up his gloves.

According M-1 Global’s official press release, the company is currently looking to organize a fight for thirty-four year old Emelianenko in Russia, as well as in Japan on the traditionall stacked New Year’s Eve fight card.

Here’s the selected quotes of what “The Last Emperor” had to say to Russia 2 Channel about Dana White, his future, training partners and Herb Dean’s early stoppage.

A lot of people are arguing about the stoppage in your last fight with Dan Henderson. Do you think the referee made the right call to stop the fight?

I think the fight was stopped early. But that’s my opinion. We all know that the referees are trying to protect fighters from serious injuries. I don’t want to judge anyone. The refereeing was fair, and if there was some sort of mistake, I don’t think it was intentional.

Would you like to have a rematch with Dan Henderson?

Rematch… I want to fight. But you know, I currently have other things on my mind. I have a new daughter. There were some health issues in my family, but thank God, everything is alright.

What would you like to do after retiring from the sport? Is that something that already crosses your mind?

I would like to continue fighting. But after that, I would definitely share knowledge with younger fighters. And of course, I will try to find myself and be useful for my country.

Some people say that you should “buy” new sparring partners in order to improve as a fighter. What do you think about such statements?

I believe in our guys. I see their future, and believe in their abilities to achieve great things in this sport. That’s why I don’t want to “buy” anyone. There’s a lot of unnecessary talk about my training partners. I don’t want to blame anyone for my streak of defeats. Everyone trained hard so I could achieve positive results.

According to Dana White, you were fired from Strikeforce. Is there any truth in this statement?
That’s Dana White’s style to make comments. I didn’t have a contract with Strikeforce. My current contract is with Showtime. So I think people shouldn’t pay attention to these “loud” comments.

I don’t have any obligations for UFC or Strikeforce. Our new contract ensures we don’t have to work directly with these organizations. We have already experienced certain difficulties while working with PRIDE and Affliction. We are trying to avoid any unpleasant consequences.

Further Reading: Dana White has some harsh words for Fedor’s management

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23 Comments

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    whitey

    August 11, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    I kind of feel bad for Fedor – it seems like he’s kind of M1′s puppet and he’s in danger in making a black mark on an otherwise spectacular legacy.

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    Rory Kernaghan

    August 11, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    I heard a rumour he will be fighting Randleman, any truth in that????

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    Kackvogel

    August 11, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    so many ppl only have bad things to say about fedor like dana white and his fanboys. but he answers allways with respect, defends his training partners and management. he fights always for the finish, he goes to the ground with bjj world class fighters and stands with dangerous strikers!! win or lose i will allways watch him fight !!!

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    barochoc

    August 11, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    @Kackvogel, I agree with you 100%. The guy is so humble & it’s difficult to keep your mouth shut when people disrespect Fedor & say he was never that good.
    My only negative on Fedor is that he hasn’t progressed much since Pride & is getting left behind. I hope he turns it around, goes on a winning streak!

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    griffin

    August 11, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    lets hope not

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    Kackvogel

    August 11, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    i hope M1 and Golden Glory are making the super fight!!! this is the best way to piss dana white off!!!! i know the managers dont like eachother, but this would be great!!!

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    Conan

    August 11, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    I don’t think that the management is the problem. Fedor is the problem, Fedor is the management. Just look what his management has been doing over the past 3 years. They organized a fight with Tim Silvia, who was legit at that time ranked in top 5, Arlovski at the time of the fight was ranked top 3 (it is not M-1 and Fedor’s problem that both of them went down after, but when they fought Fedor they were legit). Bernett fight never happened because of Barnett, but he was ranked number 2. Rogers ranked top 10 and was undefeated when he fought Fedor and had at least as good record as Shane Carwin or Cain. Later, Werdum top 10 and SF GrandPrix. M-1 was organazing fights with good opponents and with excellent perspectives (GrandPrix) to fight Overeem, Barnett. But Fedor did not want to adapt to any of those lost fights. In his interview he said that he had never watched Big Foot’s fights???!!! How can you fight a guy if you never seen him fight. in one interview, Vadim said that he had sent the camp an octagon, which has never been assembled and used. His coach, Voronov said that Fedor did not stick to the game plan and in all three lost fight went to finish at once. Fedor has problems which he does not admit.
    I still want Fedor to compete and wish him all the best. He is one of those who goes for a kill and never gets boring. He is a respected and decent man.

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    terra2805

    August 11, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Despite my opinion that Fedor has been somewhat over rated at times i don’t dislike the guy and i would like to see him continue fighting. He is a great fighter no doubt about it but he isn’t the p4p best. If he were to fix the holes in his striking game then who knows. If he does continue fighting the question is where? i would love to see him join the UFC but i think he’s missed that train now, but then again, Dana has always tried his best to put on the fights the fans want to see so it may just be a question of whether Fedor will sign or not next time around, if he does get another opportunity he would be mad to turn it down this time, we just got to wait and see…..

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    MAMBA24ILL

    August 11, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Of course the guy doesn’t want to go out losing 3 in a row. I’m just not sure what he can do if he couldn’t beat a smaller fighter in Hendo.

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    bananaboy

    August 11, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    good to know that he still want to fight just hope he fights big name cuz there no point of keep on fighting if he”s gonna fight chumps

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    fightgame

    August 11, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Greatest heavyweight of all time! His fighting record is still better than most if not all.

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    Lonnie Batt

    August 11, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    you nare absolutly right the game is passing him up his evoloution is his problem

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    Lonnie Batt

    August 11, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    he is a very respectful humble man I believe that his management is protecting him to an extent but if he really wants to fight the best all he has to do is step in and insist on a contract aggrement,,,I believe that he is just too small for HW….

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    GianGiacommo G

    August 11, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Latest names to be heard of fighting him are Travis Wiuff ,Mike Whitehead or Kevin Randleman,3 bums that have done shite for the sport,it’s beginning to look extremely low for Fedor,yes he needs a win to boost his confidence back up,but I win over any of these bums won’t cut it,he needs a good fight,make a comeback statement!!!!!

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    cranestyle

    August 12, 2011 at 4:03 am

    There’s no arguing Fedor is an all time great. But even among the greatest, knowing when to quit is rare.

    An ordinary fighter who still thinks he can compete should be given the benefit of the doubt, and Fedor is much more than ordinary…

    …but I can’t escape the idea that the Last Emperor is in denial, and part way through a sad slide into oblivion. I hope I’m wrong.

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    oldmate1234

    August 12, 2011 at 9:43 am

    God bless him… he’s obviously a happy man, he has nothing left to prove, good luck in whatever he wishes to do in his future. All this legacy and GOAT stuff is a waste of all of our time, lets watch this great sport and enjoy, forget these feeble petty discussions.

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    Six

    August 12, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    As long as he is doing what he loves .. who really cares what anyone else thinks.

    Nobody stays on top forever.

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    overhand right

    August 12, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Randy Couture fought James Toney and has a record of 19-11, yet nobody questions his legacy. Ali lost his last 3 fights before he retired and he’s remembered as one of the all-time greats. Why should Fedor have to win every one of his last few fights to be remembered and given credit for the stuff he achieved in his prime? The only reason anyone is questioning Fedor’s legacy is because Dana White tells them they should, because he’s still bitter and looking for revenge for never being able to get him in the UFC and make millions off a PPV between him and Brock. If Fedor were in the UFC at any point Dana would be saying that he’s undeniably the GOAT and a legend. MMA fans are such a shallow bunch of sheep that just jump on the newest bandwagon and completely disrespect the fighters and more importantly the legends of the sport.

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    IChokePeople

    August 13, 2011 at 4:39 am

    The holes in his striking game, while present, are not his problem. No one has peen able to exploit those holes. He had a slight edge on Bigfoot in the striking and Bigfoot out boxed Arlovski who is an excellent boxer. He was even with Hendo. His issue is a refusal to train at an elite level. Unfortunately he has had such an edge over everyone for so long that he has taken a BJ Penn approach to training for the last few years and it has caught up to him. He is definitely one of the all time P4P best and if he starts to train seriously he can be again. I hope that he does but I have not heard anything from him to make me think he will. He also may have a confidence issue at this point. Hopefully his next fight will get his head right (if it isn’t) and then he can work on a come back. With his talent it is really all up to him.

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    IChokePeople

    August 13, 2011 at 4:43 am

    Hendo wasn’t really that much smaller. Also, LHWs are much better fighters in general than HWs. What they lack in size they more than make up for in skill and speed.

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    Cookie77

    August 13, 2011 at 7:15 am

    The biggest problem with Fedor is that he wants to stay home. The man is a Family man and that’s why he has never Russia for a long period of time unlike other MMArtist they travel everywhere just to get better and if Fedor is only training with up and coming fighters then his skills does not improve cause this up and comers i assume would not have world class MMA skills. If Fedor puts his family in the back burner and concentrate in MMA then we would truly see how great Fedor is BUT he will not do that which is unfortunate for his fans BUT great for his family.

    Dana White is a business man he wants to put on the best show and crush competitors and he sees his fighters as assets of the company I’m not saying he is a heartless jackass but to him MMA is a business if he does not run it as such then the UFC will not be where it is today. This mentality (Dana) contradicts Fedors mentality he does not want to be tied into a contract that will force him to live his family for a long period of time due to media commitments and training so he does not get fired from the promotion.

    I still believe that Fedor can rule the MMA world BUT only if he decide that MMA is more important to him than his family. I think we all know that answer to that.

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    Ryan Ventura

    August 14, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Well put my man.

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    ChuteBoxeHero

    August 26, 2011 at 7:52 am

    This guy….Go back to Japan.At least you can get some wins there.Take all your crazed fanboys with you too.

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