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Coach: Fedor’s potential is greater than before retirement

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Vladimir Voronov, Fedor’s coach, discussed his longtime student’s decision to return to MMA.

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The return of Fedor Emelianenko continues to be a topic that attracts attention from pundits and fans alike, as many eagerly anticipate the end of the sweepstakes for the Russian heavyweight to determine where he will fight in the near future.

Yet while most are excited about the return of one of the greatest fighters in the history of Mixed Martial Arts, some question whether the decision is the correct one for his legacy. His longtime coach, Vladimir Voronov, believes Fedor's potential could potentially be greater now than before his retirement in 2012.

"Fedor called and said he had such a wish [to return to MMA]," Voronov said during an interview at M-1 Challenge 60. "I fully supported him. I think that Fedor's potential is bigger than he achieved before. I know him from childhood. If he decided to return, it will be very serious."

While it remains unclear which promotion will bid the highest for Fedor's services, the former Pride FC champion recently revealed that the UFC had approached him with an offer but they were yet to begin negotiations.

Here is a video of a Sambo fight between Fedor and his coach: