Fedor Emelianenko will meet fellow Pride veteran Dan Henderson late this month in a superfight the outcome of which will likely decide the future of “The Last Emperor’s” career.
Once considered to be not only the best heavyweight fighter but the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet, the stoic Russian has caused many to question his heart after turning in two consecutive uninspired performances that led to what most consider to be the first two legitimate losses of his career.
Until recently, Emelianenko has remained characteristically mum, with his trainers doing most of the answering to these questions. In a recent conversation with MMAJunkie.com however, Emelianenko addressed things himself.
“If it’s God’s will, then I can certainly continue fighting for several years to come,” Emelianenko said through a translator. “I’d like to continue to fight, and thank God right now I feel great. My health is great, and I’m in good physical shape. But we’ll see.”
When asked whether or not his confidence has waned in the wake of his defeats, Emelianenko again cited his faith in his response.
“If God has given us a certain path for our life, then I have to go down that path and feel confident about it,” he said.
Emelianenko and Henderson will meet on July 30 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.