Following his win over Pedro Rizzo last week (June 21, 2012) at the M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Rizzo event in St. Petersburg, Russia, mma legend Fedor Emelianenko announced his retirement to the world. At the event a member of HDNet’s “Inside MMA” program, who interviewed the former Pride heavyweight champion following the post-fight press conference.
The video above is just a clip of that interview from Monday night’s “Inside MMA” program.
“People will accept my decision. They gotta understand that it’s my
decision and I’ve got to go.You shouldn’t be disappointed that I’m
leaving. Life is going on. I want to thank everyone who has supported
me. Eventually the time to go was coming. My time has come. We’ll try to
make some new MMA stars.”
When asked if he’d come back for a fight with a big-name fighter such
as Brock Lesnar, ‘The Last Emperor’ responded by saying “I’m not
promising, but anything is possible.”