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Fedor Emelianenko Announces His Retirement

Fedor Emelianenko has retired from the sport of mixed martial arts, the heavyweight announced Thursday afternoon.

The news comes on the heels of his quick knockout victory over Pedro Rizzo at today’s M-1 Global event.

“I think it’s time, I’m retiring from sports,” Fedor stated during the post-fight press conference. “I still have the SAMBO World Championships. My family is the reason I will not be fighting again. My daughters are growing without their father, so it’s the right time to leave.”

He added, “There’s no ‘fantastic’ offer that could tempt me out of retirement. I’m not obsessed with rematching Fabricio Werdum. There’s no agreement for such a fight, therefore there’s nothing to talk about.”

If the retirement sticks, Fedor leaves the sport with a record of 34-4-0 with 1 no contest.

Don’t be surprised if he comes back though. Fedor hinted that any future fights would be dictated by “God’s will.”