Fedor Emelianenko Might Retire Again After Homecoming Bout Vs. Tim Johnson

Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko chose to come back and step inside the cage again at Bellator 269 against Tim Johnson, but it might be his last.

Emelianenko versus Johnson, the headliner of Bellator 269, will take place at the VTB Arena in Moscow, Russia.

Since it is the last fight on the contract with Bellator promotion, Emelianenko said he doesn’t know if he will retire after this bout or not — it depends on his health and conditions after the fight.

“No I haven’t made any decision,” he told The MMA Hour. Everything will depend on my performance, everything will depend on this fight, and certainly on the plans of Bellator, because according to the contract I still have another fight.”

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It wouldn’t be the first retirement in his career.

He first retired in 2012 after earning a first-round KO victory in M-1 Global.

After that, he fought in Rizin and Fight Night Global. Finally, in 2017 he signed with Bellator and held five battles.

In Bellator, he defeated guys like Frank Mir, Chael Sonnen and Quinton Jackson, known as Rampage.

Emelianenko, 45, has exactly 45 fights on his professional MMA resume. He is 39-6 overall and is considered one of the greatest fighters in MMA history.

“There is such a chance. Certainly, that would depend on my health, on my physical condition after the fight. Certainly, we’ll discuss, we’ll discuss that with the family as well,” Emelianenko added through a translator.

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