Fedor Emelianenko is widely considered one of the greatest fighters in the heavyweight division's history. After his loss to Dan Henderson a week ago it left a lot of questions about Fedor's MMA career and whether it would come to a crashing halt.
Straight from an M-1 Global press release, M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelstein has confirmed that Fedor will not be retiring.
“We consulted with Fedor and it was decided that he should not leave the sport in this way. His friends and past opponents support Fedor in continuing his career and he agreed,” said Finkelstein in the press release. “We want to organize a fight for Fedor in Russia and have already begun working in this direction. If everything goes as planned, we will produce a card in Moscow or St. Petersburg sometime in the fall with Fedor as the main event.”
The opponent for the bout is yet to be confirmed.
According to Finkelstein there are more plans in the works for "The Last Emperor" to appear back in Japan.
“In addition to the fight in Russia, we’re also working with our Japanese contacts to organize a New Year’s Eve event in Japan that Fedor would participate in as well," Finkelstein said.
Fedor previously fought in Japan under many promotions but most notably in Pride. Fedor was undefeated in more then 25 fights until his loss to Fabricio Werdum in June of 2010. Fedor's previous loss came in his fifth fight against Tsuyoshi Kohsaka and that loss was controversial because it was due to a doctor's stoppage.
As for Fedor's return to the U.S., Finkelstein spoke of 2012 as a possibility.
“If all is successful, in 2012 we’ll be back in the U.S. All these ideas are being developed right now and we want to work exactly according to this plan.”