While the entire MMA community went into a frenzy after Fedor hinted at his retirement following his loss to Antonio Silva, Strikeforce president Scott Coker acted like it was no big deal. He said an emotional Fedor just got caught up in the moment and was confident Fedor would decide to continue fighting when all the dust settled.
Well, according to a report on Russian website LifeSport.ru, it looks like Scott Coker was right. Translation via Cage Potato:
“I rushed to declare my retirement out of frustration. I will fight more. Possibly, I will return to the [Strikeforce] Heavyweight Grand-Prix,” Fedor told LifeSports.ru. “I am confident that I am capable of having a few more fights. I didn’t make any analysis yet on why I lost. I need to recover. I can’t see very well yet.”
“He has a hematoma, but it will go. It’s very good that Fedor still has his fighting spirit, he is ready to break everyone now,” Voronov told the Russian language combat sports website. “Most importantly for him is not to have any psychological pressure. The loss will make him train with triple the effort.”
“Fedor is quite able to return to the tournament,” Emelianenko’s striking coach, Alexander Michkov explained. “Everybody stumbles. This is not as terrible as everyone is making it out to be.”
If Fedor’s intention is to continue his fighting career though, it doesn’t sound like he’s ready to make it official just yet. Three hours ago, Fedor (or one of his people) posted on his official Twitter account that his decision “would be resolved in the near future.” Unless he has another change of heart though, it sounds like his decision has already been made.
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