Russian mixed martial arts legend Fedor Emelianenko has announced his retirement after knocking out Brazilian veteran Pedro Rizzo.
It took Emelianenko just 44 seconds to knock out Brazilian veteran Pedro Rizzo on Thursday, putting him on the ground with a serious of punches and then finishing with more strikes to the head.
"I think it is time I quit," Emelianenko said.
"My family influenced my decision. My daughters are growing without me, that's why it's time to leave."
Emelianenko will not be tempted by any "fantastic offers", including a possible rematch against Brazilian fighter Fabricio Werdum, he said, adding there is no agreement on such a match.
Emelianenko, 35, is a multiple world heavyweight champion and went undefeated for almost a decade until losing to Werdum in June 2010, earning the nickname "The Last Emperor" for this record.
After that he suffered two more losses, first to Brazilian fighter Antonio Silva and then American fighter Dan Henderson, which made him take a month's break to make a decision on his career.
He chose to mount a comeback to halt the losing streak, beating Monson on a decision in November in Moscow and then knocking out Japan's Satoshi Ishii in Tokyo on New Year's Eve.
a lot of people talk shit today, but there goes a great fighter.
Fair play to him retiring to spend more time with his family. But he should've done it before the Strikeforce fights, could've saved face there! Still...did have some awesome fights.
At least he went out on a higher note than most MMA vets.
06-21-2012 07:35 PM
True legend right there, Fedor is one of few fighters i can honestly say never put on a boring fight. He is an all time great and will be miss.
06-21-2012 08:06 PM
One of, if not the most humble guy in the sport as well. Glad he got this win to go out on, it wouldn't be right otherwise.
06-21-2012 08:34 PM
I think he just unleashed his frustration on poor Rizzo. He also just showed how much farther up he's in the food chain from his contemporaries. He's in top form still and can easily compete in the upper echelons of the sport.
Oh well...long live "The Emperor."
06-21-2012 08:40 PM
Sucks to see him go because I still think he had something to offer but he knows what's best for him. Great fighter and true legend.
It's just a real shame as far as what could have been though, I would have loved to seen Lesnar/Fedor post UFC 100 not just because of the actual fight but what it could have done for the sport in general. That to me will always be the biggest fight that never happened.
06-21-2012 08:54 PM
Very sad to hear this
06-21-2012 09:28 PM
Amazing fighter, amazing guy, glad he is doing what he wants.
He will always be a legend.
Life B Ez
06-21-2012 09:52 PM
Cannot say I\'m sad or shocked to hear this, it is probably time. He\'s another member of the old guard to hang them up. Doesn\'t matter what anyone thinks of him or any of the guys from that era tbh the sport owes all of those guys a debt.
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