Fedor Emelianenko, perhaps the greatest fighter to ever lace up a pair of 4 ounce gloves, was stopped due to doctor stoppage by Antonio Silva. After a competitive first round Silva secured a takedown early in round 2 and never looked back. Battering Emelianenko from the mount position, Fedor’s eye was swelled shut and the doctors were forced to call the fight off. Fedor’s legendary skills and speed looked diminished significantly.
In the post fight interview with Gus Johnson, Fedor all but stamped himself into retirement.
“Maybe it’s time to leave”…”Maybe it’s the last time, maybe hits high time. Thanks god for everything, I’ve spent a great, beautiful, long sport life. Maybe it’s god’s will.”
In his storied career Emelianenko was like no other inside the ring and out. A soft spoken, elegant and deeply religious man, but a wonderful combination of savage violence and graceful skill while competing. He evoked emotions in his fans that will likely never be seen again in the sport of MMA. Even after losing 2 straight in the twilight of his career, fans in the audience didn’t want to hear the word “retirement” from their unrivaled hero.
He is an all-time great in combat sports and for me personally he is one of the reasons I fell in love with MMA. If he does retire and my feelings are that he will, it’s been a fun ride as he has etched memories in the minds of fans that won’t soon be forgotten.
(Pic Props to Synthsis)