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Fedor Emelianenko Not Retiring, Will Return In Fall Says Management

After suffering his third straight loss to Dan Henderson late last month, MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko’s future in the sport seemed uncertain. The stoic Russian was cut from Strikeforce last week, and it seemed as if the former PRIDE heavyweight champion’s days in the sport were coming to an end.

However, Emelianenko’s management team M1-Global confirmed today that “The Last Emperor” will fight another day, and his next opponent and date are to be determined with the bout likely slated to take place in Russia.

M-1 Global President and co-founder Vadim Finkelstein confirmed Emelianenko’s decision and shared his immediate plans for the promotion.

“We consulted with Fedor and it was decided that he should not leave the sport in this way. His friends and past opponents support Fedor in continuing his career and he agreed,” said Finkelstein. “We want to organize a fight for Fedor in Russia and have already begun working in this direction. If everything goes as planned, we will produce a card in Moscow or St. Petersburg sometime in the fall with Fedor as the main event.”

More plans are also in the mix, according to Finkelstein.

“In addition to the fight in Russia, we’re also working with our Japanese contacts to organize a New Year’s Eve event in Japan that Fedor would participate in as well.”

When asked about 2012 Finkelstein spoke optimistically; “If all is successful, in 2012 we’ll be back in the U.S. All these ideas are being developed right now and we want to work exactly according to this plan.”