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When it comes to the world of heavyweight wrestling, one name stands out tall among the rest, and that is of Fedor Emelianenko. At the present moment, he is retired, and it has been quite some time that he has stepped in to the ring. He has won countless tournaments and championships, and one of his greatest triumphs was when he won the Pride 2004 Grand Prix and also the highly esteemed World Combat Sambo championship on not less than four occasions. And not only this, he has even won medals in the national Judo championship which was held at Russia.
Fedor Emelianenko had been one of the biggest names during his time at the UFC. When it came to heavyweight fights, his name just had to be in there somewhere. And his name cropped up again very recently, when Ronda Rousey stated that her favourite fighter in the world would easily have to be Emelianenko. Ronda Rousey is one of the best in the category of women’s bantamweight in the UFC, and she is quite a champion too, having defeated many in the ring. During a recent chat over Facebook, she commented that she loves watching Emelianenko in action, and he is her favourite.
Fedor Emelianenko had been the Pride FC Heavyweight champion from the years 2003 to 2006, which is quite something to achieve, and if that was not all, he had a staggering 28-fight winning streak over a span of slightly less than a decade. So it is no surprise at all when wrestling enthusiasts and other wrestlers alike often term Emelianenko as being the greatest heavyweight fighter in the history of wrestling. Emelianenko had retired back in 2012, after he took down heavyweight great Pedro Rizzi, but then it is quite apparent that people would love to see this amazing fighter in action even more.
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One can safely say days are strange these days in Mixed Martial Arts when Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC hall of Famer Randy Couture is not allowed entry into the arena of the Zuffa Inc. held organization but Vadim Finkelchtein is warmly welcomed. The man who is widely known as ‘Finky’ was spotted during the promotion’s UFC on FUEL TV 9: Mousasi v/s Latifi event where he was spreading the joy, shaking hands with audience and kissing babies.
And yes, if anyone needs a reminder, this is that very same ‘Vadummy’ who cost former PRIDE FC Heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko big money by balking at a potential super fight between The Last Emperor and the then reigning UFC Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. Many would wonder that the big Russian is now retired so his agent showing up at a UFC event is no big deal.
But to think that Dana White, the president of the promotion has already unveiled plans to take his band of fighters to Russia later this year couple with the fact that Fedor Emelianenko has recently admitted he would love the chance to fight under the banner of the UFC in front of a jam packed crowd at home means his return is still on the cards.
With Lesnar now active in the World Wrestling Entertainment or the WWE, and Emelianenko retired after the death of his father, there was a very slim chance of the match happening even a couple of months back.
And although Lesnar’s return is still not clear, the fact that Fedor Emelianenko might fight under the UFC banner against any fighter that the UFC places in front of him is enough for the fans of the promotion to get excited and that
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As each day passes, the reality starts to sink in that Fedor Emelianenko will no longer step inside the octagon for a brawl, that he has called time on his career actually and is not taking a prolonged break from the sport. And with various Mixed Martial Arts promotions waiting eagerly like a thirsty bird, waiting to pounce if The Last Emperor does indeed announce plans of a return to the ring, his last media conference becomes even more significant in that respect.
Speaking to a local media outlet, the Russian politician stated that he definitely won’t be strapping up the gloves again outside the confines of his gym and that only God could make him step back into the sport – literally. The 36 year old stated that he is not thinking about a return to action before adding that there is only one way that he will return to action and that is if he is directed by God. With a professional record of 34-4, Fedor Emelianenko is widely regarded as the greatest Heavyweight fighter the sport has ever seen.
The Russian was the most dominant figure in the sport for almost a decade from the start of the new millennium when he was almost untouchable inside the ring, and that achieved him almost cult status with the fans of Mixed Martial Arts. He is also one of the most loved fighters in all of the sport. What makes him even more enigmatic is that he never turned out for the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC despite best efforts of the promotion.
Fedor Emelianenko called time on his career after beating Pedro Rizzo in June 2012, the third straight victory he has had, and in all probability, his last ever match and victory in the sport, barring a miracle.
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