Russian MMA legend Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko has not appeared in action since suffering his first legitimate defeat to Fabricio Werdum this past June. He has since been tangled up in contract negotiations with the Strikeforce promotion, trying to determine what his future in the promotion will hold, as his current contract with the promotion is running out.
As has become standard whenever Emelianenko nears free agent status, speculation has begun in regards to when and if MMA fans will see “The Last Emperor” sign with the UFC. The Sambo practitioner seems destined to live out the rest of his fighting career outside of the Octagon though, as his allegedly difficult to deal with management team M-1 Global has been unable to reach deals with the UFC on more than once occasion.
In a recent interview with Fight Hub TV, Emelianenko was asked whether or not he would look back on his career with remorse for never having signed with the UFC–should he never make the jump.
“I think that when my career ends and I don’t fight in the UFC, then the UFC will be sorry, not me,” Emelianenko said with a smirk.
“The Last Emperor” also addressed his long layoff, and pointed to Werdum’s hesitancy to fight as the main reason that he and “Vai Cavallo” have not yet rematched.
“Because maybe Fabricio Werdum doesn’t want to fight right now,” he said of why he has yet to return.
Emelianenko and Werdum fought in the main event of Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum this past June 26th. Werdum won via first round triangle choke submission.