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.
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."
Marcus Aurelius: Tell me again, Maximus, why are we here?
Maximus: For the glory of the Empire, sire.
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.
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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