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Will Fedor retire with loss?

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10:53 AM ET 06.04 | Pride FC legend Fedor Emelianenko was once considered to be the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet; two losses later and the 34-year-old's career is being called into question. Slated to face fellow Pride vet and natural light heavyweight Dan Henderson this July 30, "The Last Emperor's" future in MMA will likely be decided by the outcome of that fight.

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June 5, 2011  12:24 AM ET

Nobody buys your crap when you post these stupid links.

June 5, 2011  02:01 AM ET

1 more 4 the road...

June 5, 2011  10:42 AM ET

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June 6, 2011  12:02 AM ET

Sifu says Fedor-san should continue to fight.

June 6, 2011  01:42 AM ET

Fedor might retire if he loses to Henderson? Too bad the odds are heavily in Fedor's favor. Fedor does really well against strikers, especially those that he outweighs. Good Luck with that one Dan. It's going to be a great fight either way, both guys are going to be looking for the KO.

June 6, 2011  01:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Fedor does really well against strikers, especially those that he outweighs.

In 35 matches, Fedor has only outweighed his opponent 3 times (Randleman, Lindland, Arona).

And those 3 aren't "strikers"; they're wrestlers.

June 6, 2011  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

In 35 matches, Fedor has only outweighed his opponent 3 times (Randleman, Lindland, Arona).And those 3 aren't "strikers"; they're wrestlers.

did Fedor ever fight Wanderlie Silva?

June 6, 2011  06:10 PM ET

If he loses to Hendo then yes, he should retire

June 7, 2011  04:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

In 35 matches, Fedor has only outweighed his opponent 3 times (Randleman, Lindland, Arona).And those 3 aren't "strikers"; they're wrestlers.

Fedor fought alot more fighters that he outweighed, or was equal in weight than that. Nice try though. What about Cro-Cop for example?

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June 7, 2011  08:57 PM ET

If his face keeps looking like it did after the Brett Rogers (even though he won that fight) and Silva fights then yes....he should retire.

June 8, 2011  02:11 PM ET

Who cares? He stopped being relevant 5 years ago...he has actively avoided fighting the top contenders for years.

June 8, 2011  03:36 PM ET

Washed up, he should retired or fight just to keep busy. He will never be champ again.

June 17, 2011  11:59 AM ET

I was under the impression that he had pretty much retired after he fought Cro Cop in 2005

June 18, 2011  01:55 PM ET

3 straight loses, and this time to a smaller, albeit bad mofo, would surely diminish his value to Zuffa.

His management team screwed him. He should've been in the UFC a long time ago.

 
July 8, 2011  01:36 PM ET

In recent fights, Fedor has relied on a rather messy fury of fists rather than a disciplined and calculated balance of offense and defense. It's like he's throwing Hail Mary strikes right from the get-go. And it's tough to argue against this approach bc he's been mostly successful with it (Zuluzinho, Sylvia, Arlovski, and to an extent, Big Nog, Crocop, & Rogers) . And i fear, in the age of the superheavyweight, Fedor will only rely on this "strategy" increasingly.

Remember though, he was 31-1 just last year. Yeah and then came the 2 upset losses to Werdum and Bigfoot Silva but i wouldnt say he was hopeless in those fights. He made the same error in both: Too aggressive and therefore too careless.

Agreed, age has something to do with it too. It happens to nearly all the legends: Matt Hughes, BJ Penn, Crocop, Sakuraba, both Shamrocks, Big Nog, Wanderlei, Liddell, Couture: their time ends.

Let me go ahead and answer the question posed.
I believe Fedor will retire win or loss after Henderson.
This last fight will satisfy his contract with Strikeforce and he will be a free agent.
At that point, it will be a certain bet that Dana White tries to make an offer Fedor cannot refuse to fight one of the UFC bigs (perhaps Brock in his return fight) or he might even try to coax Couture back somehow in order to realize that dream fight that never happened.

Despite the $$$ thrown at him, Fedor will retire. The Fedor documentary "The Last Emperor" convinces me of this. Watch it if you havent had the chance. It sheds some light on Fedor's mystique. You'll find he's a very simple man, as I did. He doesnt seem to seek fame and fortune.

Still, let's not forget, there is only one Fedor.

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