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Aleksander Emelianenko Ends Retirement

Aleksander Emelianenko called retirement too early as he returns for the Russian organization ProFC later in the year. Three months ago, Emelianenko announced his retirement after a submission loss to Jeff Monson.

The change in attitude came after spending months at an Orthodox monastery in Greece, where he spoke with the elders and priests about his future.

“I communicated a lot with Elijah, the confessor of our Metropolitan, and he gave me the advice and the blessings to return to the sport,” said Emelianenko. “I have since signed a long-term contract [with ProFC] and soon, tentatively in the summer, you will see my debut inside their cage.”

Emelianenko is 21-6 with lengthy runs in PRIDE and later M-1. Last year, he went 3-1 with each fight taking place for M-1.

No opponent has been named for Emelianenko’s return.

His older brother Fedor Emelianenko remains retired, stating that only God could get him to return.