PRIDE FC legend Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko is currently engaged in another round of contract re-negotiations with the Strikeforce promotion. The Russian MMA great has become notorious for being difficult to come to terms on a deal with (though this could likely be attributed more to his management company M-1 Global than to Emelianenko personally) and this most current round of stalled negotiations only serves to reinforce that belief. Emelianenko has not appeared in action since a June upset loss to Fabricio Werdum and in a recent interview with Mixfight.ru (courtesy LowKick.com), “The Last Emperor” revealed he is currently holding out for a “serious” opponent and is still considering retirement after his next fight.
“I have said many times that I have nothing to do with match-making. Right now, Strikeforce is struggling to find me a serious opponent,” Emelianenko said. “Alistair Overeem keeps finding all sorts of excuses not to fight me. The remaining stars have lost in their recent fights, so the promotion has no desire to put them up against me. And Fabricio Werdum is still recovering from his surgery. In addition, I have only one fight remaining with Strikeforce … I’m yet to decide whether I’m going to continue my fighting career after this contract expires. Also, my candidacy nominated for the Post of Deputy in Belgorod Regional Duma, and if I’m elected, I think, will defend the interests of the people and try to do my best efforts for the development of sport. But again, I think it’s too early to talk about it. I have to finalize the contract and prepare for my last bout.”
Emelianenko is a veteran of over thirty professional MMA fights and has competed against the likes of Ricardo Arona, Renato “Babalu” Sobral, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (3x), Mark Coleman, Kevin Randleman, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Mark Hunt, Matt Lindland, Tim Sylvia, and Andrei Arlovski, to name a few. His two losses have come to Werdum (submission-triangle choke) and Tsuyoshi Kosaka (TKO – cut).