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Fedor Emelianenko Clarifies UFC, Politics & Retirement Talk

Fedor Emelianenko has dominated the headlines the past week with rumors of a career in Russian politics, questions surrounding a possible retirement, and comments he made about the UFC. At yesterday’s open workout, he attempted to clear up all three.

On a rumored political career:

“The talk about me entering politics are false rumors. As long as I am competing in MMA, there will be no politics for me.”

On retirement:

“Everything will depend on how I feel. If I finish the contract and I find that I feel good, we will consider extending the contract. I would prefer to fight as long as possible, but everything will depend on how I feel.”

On the UFC:

“I did not want to offend the UFC in any way. What I meant is, I don’t like to watch fights in general. My main concern is what kind of culture I bring, myself… As for the UFC, when my contract with Strikeforce is over – I have two fights left on my contract – the UFC will have the time and the opportunity to prepare and offer a contract that may be interesting to me.”

SI.com’s Josh Gross says it best in his piece on Fedor vs. Werdum, Fedor “attracts more headlines with less to say than any fighter in the history of the sport.”

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