It looks like “The Last Emperor” will walk off into the sunset with a three fight winsteak. It was a swift first round finish of Pedro Rizzo at M-1 Global’s: Fedor vs. Rizzo, which led to the announcement of Emelianenko’s (34-4-1) retirement.
Here’s the translation of Fedor’s retirement via Lowkick.com:
“I think it’s time. I’m retiring from sports. 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…There’s no ‘fantastic’ offer that could tempt me out of retirement. I’m retiring to spend more time with my family”
From the sounds of it, even the opportunity of fighting in the UFC for the first time could not bring back the former pound-for-pound greatest.