Fedor Emelianenko Happy with Strikeforce, Open to Extending Relationship

Tim NgoCorrespondent IJune 25, 2010

There has been a lot of talk in recent months regarding Fedor Emelianenko’s future with Strikeforce, especially after their extended “negotiations” attempting to rework the terms of the contract he’s currently under.

Now it seems that all has been forgotten, as Emelianenko sounds content with the promotion that he’s fighting for.

“Right now we have two more fights left with this relationship and if everything goes well and we feel good about the relationship I don’t see why we wouldn’t want to extend that,” said Emelianenko.

Clearly most MMA fans would prefer to have arguably the best heavyweight in the world fight in the biggest promotion, the UFC . Unfortunately, after numerous attempts, UFC president Dana White hasn’t been able to come to terms with the Russian’s management.

White even went as far as to recently call Emelianenko’s management team “douches ” for the way they tried to negotiate a deal with the UFC before he signed with Strikeforce.

The odds of Emelianenko ever fighting in an Octagon gets slimmer as each fight passes by. Already 33 years old, “The Last Emperor” seems to be heading into the end of his prime fighting years.

If he does re-up with Strikeforce at the end of his current deal, it would pretty much slam the door shut on us ever figuring out who the best heavyweight in the world really is.

Although Emelianenko hasn’t outright said when he plans to retire, it is something that comes into his mind after each fight.

“Right now I’m OK with that and after each fight I balance whether I should continue or whether I should stop,” Emelianenko stated. “Until I feel that I am not effective or not getting out of the sport what I want then I will make the decision to stop.”

Emelianenko steps back into the cage this Saturday at “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum ” in a bout that will most likely determine who will be Alistair Overeem’s next challenger for the Strikeforce heavyweight title.


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