Fedor Emelianenko finally stopped letting other people talk for him and gave an interview with a Russian news channel, speaking out for the first time since his loss to Dan Henderson.
“The Last Emperor” went just 1-3 during his time in the United States, this following a 10-year undefeated run that saw many declare him the best fighter in the world.
Now, with UFC President Dana White declaring Emelianenko released from Strikeforce, what is next for him?
“That’s Dana White’s style,” Emelianenko said when asked about how the out-spoken UFC leader fired him from his contract. “I didn’t have a contract with Strikeforce. My current contract is with Showtime. So I think people shouldn’t pay attention to these “loud” comments.
“I don’t have any obligations for UFC or Strikeforce. Our new contract ensures we don’t have to work directly with these organizations. We have already experienced certain difficulties while working with PRIDE and Affliction. We are trying to avoid any unpleasant consequences.”
The loss to Henderson came in the form of a TKO defeat, but Emelianenko – both right after the fight and now – believes it was a premature ending.
“I think the fight was stopped early. But that’s my opinion,” Emelianenko said. “We all know that the referees are trying to protect fighters from serious injuries. I don’t want to judge anyone. The refereeing was fair, and if there was some sort of mistake, I don’t think it was intentional.”
Many outside observers, including his own brother, have questioned Emelianenko’s training ways and partners. But, Fedor doesn’t believe that is a problem.
“I believe in our guys. I see their future, and believe in their abilities to achieve great things in this sport,” Emelianenko said. “That’s why I don’t want to “buy” anyone. There’s a lot of unnecessary talk about my training partners. I don’t want to blame anyone for my streak of defeats. Everyone trained hard so I could achieve positive results.”
M-1 Global, which promotes Emelianenko, recently released a fight schedule for the former WAMMA champion that has him competing in Russia and trying to book a spot on the Dynamite!! New Year’s Eve show in Japan.