Now that Fedor Emelianenko has suffered another knockout loss, and will turn 41 in a few months time, will “The Last Emperor” hang up the gloves for good? It doesn’t sound like he will.
As pretty much everyone under the MMA sun was predicting would be the case, the co-main event between Matt Mitrione and Emelianenko ended in a knockout. The latter was put away by Mitrione after a double knockdown in the opening round.
While Emelianenko was riding a five fight winning streak heading into the bout, the Russian took some heavy punches in his last bout against Fabio Maldonado, which the latter lost via controversial decision. Further, as noted above, Fedor is in 40’s now, so it was pretty understandable that the former PRIDE champ was asked about his future in fighting, at the post fight presser.
When Fedor was asked whether he’ll fight again, the legend stated (quote via MMA Fighting):
“Yes, because I am a fighter”
“I’m feeling, myself, very good (right now),” Emelianenko also reported during the post-fight presser. “I just got the doctor’s inspection, so everything was good.”
Emelianenko was also asked if he was interested in rematching Mitrione. The former PRIDE champ said this:
“Certainly, I would love to have the rematch with Matt Mitrione,” Emelianenko said. “It happened so that the movements were just mutual ones, and certainly Matt used the situation.”
Now, considering the fight lasted less than 90 seconds, it would be kind of surprising if Bellator looked at booking a rematch. Mitirone will likely be tapped for a fight with title shot or championship implications.
If Fedor is indeed interested in fighting again, chances are Bellator will find a fight for him. After all, he remains a draw, and Emelianenko has a multi-fight deal with the promotion, so it’s not like a new set of contract negotiations need to take place.
Bellator NYC took place at Madison Square Garden.