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MMA Legend Fedor Emelianenko May Retire After Rizzo Bout

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Former Pride champion Fedor Emelianenko speculated openly that his next bout, against Brazilian veteran Pedro Rizzo on June 21 in St. Petersburg, Russia, may be his last. Emelianenko spoke to the press assembled for a press conference yesterday in Russia and told them that the Rizzo fight may be his last.

The Russian news site Rianovosti quoted Fedor as saying, "I think it's time to call it a day. This fight may be my last one."

Emelianenko has fought twice since being cut by Strikeforce, racking up a decision win over Jeff Monson and finishing Satoshi Ishii on New Year's Eve in Japan.

Prior to that Emelianenko lost three straight fights in Strikeforce. First he was submitted by Fabricio Werdum and then TKO'd by Antonio Silva and Dan Henderson. Prior to losing to Werdum, Emelianenko hadn't lost an MMA bout in over a decade.