A giant of Russian mixed martial arts has retired to spend more time with his family. Fedor Emelianenko announced his retirement after his final fight on Thursday night which took place in his home country of Russia. “I think it is time I quit,” he said simply. Fedor Emelianenko was a mixed martial arts heavyweight for many years but never competed in the ultimate fighting championship. Fedor Emelianenko’s fighting style was a mix of fast punching and versatile wrestling which was perfected in his Siberian training camp.
Though he never competed in the Ultimate Fighting championship he did defeat three of its heavy weight champions leaving many to wonder just how successful he could have been if he had participated. Unfortunately is management and the UFC could never come to an agreement about who would promote his fights and hence he was never able to participate.
Fedor Emelianenko had a winning record of 34-4 which include are winning streak from December, 2000 to June 26, 2010. He was eventually beaten by a Brazilian fighter in San Jose who was fighting for MMA organization Strikeforce. After losing he then went on to lose his next two fights with many thinking he would hang up his fighting gloves there and then. However the fighter who has come to be known as the last emperor managed to find form again and win his last three fights. Last Thursday he was cheered on in Saint Petersburg by his adoring fans which just happened to include the president of Russia Vladimir Putin.
- who was the giant Fedor Emelianenko hugged when he announced his retirement?