Following his third straight loss, this time via round one TKO to Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Dan Henderson, Fedor mentioned a conversation he had with Henderson after the bout.
In a quote from Fighter’s Only, Henderson encouraged the Pride legend to keep fighting. “He asked me not to retire, and to continue fighting. [Henderson] thanked me for fighting him, and said that he has been following my career in mixed martial arts.”
Fedor has been steadfast in referencing his religious convictions, telling the world his career ‘is in God’s hands.’ Fedor’s transition to American MMA has been shaky thus far, where the fighter has looked uneasy in the cage. Uncomfortable with the rule set, looking to throw haymakers recklessly rather than resorting to his legendary grappling game, and in what many consider to be his first introduction to the new MMA heavyweight, he looked simply undersized in a doctor stoppage loss to Antonio ‘Bigfoot‘ Silva in February of this year.
This third loss puts Fedor in strange territory. His contract is now expired. While his name will always draw an audience, Strikeforce is now owned by Zuffa, a company with a history of failed negotiations with the Russian. With him on a lengthy losing streak, his usual demands of high-purses and co-promotion with his M-1 Global brand have the MMA world believing he and Zuffa may sever ties altogether at this point. All falls within speculation as it stands, but if history tells us anything, Fedor’s camp and UFC President Dana White will likely never see eye to eye.