Fedor Emelianenko says there is ‘a chance’ that Bellator 269 will be last fight
Fedor Emelianenko has been in the MMA game for a long time not to give any guarantees.
“The Last Emperor” appeared on MMA hour on Wednesday, and he admitted that Saturday’s fight with Tim Johnson at Bellator 269 in Moscow could be the last fight of his legendary career, despite previously announced plans to end the remaining two fights on his Bellator contract.
“There is such a chance,” Emelianenko said through a Russian translator. “Of course, it will depend on my health, on my physical condition after the fight. Of course, we will discuss this with the family as well. “
“Maybe,” he added when the question was repeated.
Emelianenko, 45, is heading into Saturday’s bout after a first round TKO of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, and has won three of his last four fights. He hasn’t performed since December 2019.
Even during his absence, the heavyweight legend’s presence was felt thanks to the successes of his Fedor Team fighters Vadim Nemkov, Valentin Moldavsky and Anatoly Tokov. Nemkov is the reigning Bellator light heavyweight champion, Moldavsky recently won an interim promotion title, and Tokov could be next in line to compete for Bellator middleweight gold.
When Emelianenko was asked to compare the feeling of his own success with the feeling of success of his students, he welcomed the efforts of his team.
“I am very grateful to God, and I thank God for all the opportunities that I had, and for the fact that during my career I had the opportunity to be at the top many times,” said Emelianenko. “But, of course, the success of my team members brings great happiness and joy to me and to all the coaches and people who train and work together to achieve this success.
“But these are completely different feelings, feelings, when you do something yourself and achieve success yourself, and then you see that your students also follow the same path and achieve success, and not one, but two, and we hope what we get. more. We hope that Anatoly Tokov will also move forward. “
With nearly 40 pro wins and an unbeaten streak of 28 fights widely regarded as one of the greatest achievements in combat sports, Emelianenko knows his place in the history books is secure, even if he has never played under the UFC flag.
He did not say that creating a legacy without a single walk to the octagon was an achievement of sorts, focusing more on what his success meant to his home country.
“I cannot say that I am proud of this, I can say that I am happy that thanks to my fights and during my career, more people in the world have learned about Russia and continue to learn about Russia,” said Emelianenko. “The attitude towards Russia is changing, despite the fact that nowadays in many countries there is propaganda and publicity against Russia. Despite the fact that there are many people who maintain good relations and relate to Russia and the Russian people. “
Emelianenko could cross the 40-wins mark and possibly end with a couple more wins if all goes according to plan, which would be the cherry on top of a 21-year career that will never happen again. In addition to his achievements in the ring and in the cage, Emelianenko has a humble request for his memory.
“I want people to remember me and remember me as an Orthodox Christian,” Emelianenko said. “I don’t want my name to be associated with any nonsense or dirty things. I want people to experience some joy and some positive feelings and associations when they remember my name. “