It has emerged that former heavyweight Pride champion and MMA veteran Fedor Emelianenko will hang up his gloves after his next scheduled fight against Brazilian Pedro Rizzo. The fight between Fedor and Rizzo is set to take place on June 21st in St Petersburg, Russia.
The news of Emelianenko’s retirement came from a recent interview the fighter had with Russian news site Rianovosti. Fedor said:
“I think it’s time to call it a day” and then went on to say “This fight may be my last one.”
Emelianenko also said some words about his next opponent Pedro Rizzo:
“I have been learning from Pedro’s fights and have a lot of respect for him,” the Russian said. “He is a fighter of a great maturity, beating many of the strongest.”
Fedor began his MMA career back in 2000, since then he has gone on to fight for various promotions all over the world. He has built up a record of 33-4-1 taking on and defeating top heavyweights such as Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, Kevin Randleman, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipović, Mark Coleman and Tim Sylvia to name but a few.