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Fedor: “I feel that it is time to return to the ring”




It’s been 3 years since MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko (34-4) hung up his gloves following, ending arguably the most storied career of any heavyweight the sport had ever seen. A KO of Pedro Rizzo in his mother country of Russia seemed to be the perfect storybook ending for the stoic Emelianenko. Earlier today, a report from UnionMMA announced that Fedor is now ready to make a comeback. His words:

“For every athlete it is very important to be able to engage in their favorite thing: give all the best in training, performing in competitions, defending the honor of the motherland.

During his time at the Ministry, I was able to work on the development of the arts, has worked closely with the presidents of sports federations recognized the problem from within the sport, as far as possible, try to solve them. But now I feel that it is time to return to the ring.

I was able to recover and heal old wounds. The last three years I have maintained the physical form, but this level is not enough to go into battle. Therefore recently I started intensive training. We have assembled a team of versatile coaches and athletes who will help me in the training process. I will try to participate in professional growth fighters. There is still work to do to prepare to leave the ring. Negotiations are underway with companies that conduct battles. Once agreements are reached, there will be information on the date of the fight and rival.”

As Fedor states in the final sentence of this revelation, there is no information on a date, opponent or promotion for his return to competition. As of now, the leading candidate is Bellator MMA, with his old Strikeforce boss Scott Coker now running things.

Expect the UFC to make a heavy play for the former PRIDE champion who once again, now at the age of 38, just became the most sought after free agent in the game.