Some called for Fedor to retire after three-straight losses, but he didn't. He persevered.
Since the loss to Henderson, Fedor has won two straight. He defeated grappling ace Jeff Monson and Judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii in late 2011.
His record now stands at 33-4 (1 NC). He will be 36 years old in September.
Despite what some may think about him, he was one of the greatest fighters of all time and was definitely the greatest heavyweight of all time.
What he did at heavyweight no other fighter at that weight class has been able to achieve. The only fighters who have come close to doing similar things in their weight classes are Anderson Silva and Georges St.Pierre.
Nevertheless, there is a lot of debate around Fedor Emelianenko and his legacy. For some reason, people can't just accept the fact that he was one of the greats.
Unfortunately, however, his name will eventually fade into obscurity through no fault of his own.
Fedor made a powerful enemy in UFC president Dana White, who has erased men from history before and can do it again. Men like Frank Shamrock and Pat Miletich were erased as if they were never part of the UFC.
If men who were UFC champions can be forgotten (or never known about in the first place) by the majority of fans, what will happen to a person who never even fought in the UFC?
If it's not UFC, the casual fan doesn't know about it and doesn't want to know about it.
What this means is that, despite his amazing abilities and accomplishments, Fedor will end up being naught but a footnote in the history of the sport.
Thus, it is up to loyal fans and MMA historians to keep the legend of a man named Fedor Emelianenko alive, despite what misgivings UFC loyalists and others may have. If nothing else, Fedor has at least earned to be remembered.