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Could Dan Henderson Retire Fedor Emelianenko?

Fedor’s manager Vadim Finkelchtein thinks he could if Hendo wins. From Championat.ru via LowKick:

I think that if Fedor loses to Dan Henderson, he will retire from Mixed Martial Arts. And like I said many times before, it will be his decision and we (M-1 Global) have no influence of any kind on whatever he decides to do. It’s all up to him.But we hope for the best. Fedor is very motivated, and will be more than ready for this fight. He has a new goal, and is fully concentrated on reaching it.

It’s pretty difficult to wrap my head around the thought of Fedor Emelianenko losing three fights ago when only 12 months ago we thought of him as this unstoppable machine. Things change quickly in this sport though and on July 30 will face the very real possibility of losing his third consecutive fight. I wouldn’t bet on Hendo to win, but he has the tools to hang with Fedor in the clinch and power in his right hand to put anyone’s lights out. Of course, he’s also found himself in trouble a time or two and isn’t nearly as threatening on the ground as Fedor is. These are all facts Fedor seems to aware of. Fedor talking to MixFight.ru via LowKick:

Dan Henderson is a very exciting fighter; he’s a strong wrestler and is very quick with taking the fight from stand-up, down to the ground. He starts in stand-up, but then he attacks like a tornado, often surprising his opponents by putting them on their back. Like I said, Henderson is an exciting fighter. But there were also fights where he had to sweat against a relatively weaker competition. It’s all about how you match-up up against your opponent. So yes, Dan Henderson had some fights where things didn’t go his way.

Even if Hendo wins though, I’m not convinced that will send Fedor into retirement. I could be wrong, but I never believe it until I see it and even then there’s always that looming question about whether they’ll come back. Either way though, if Fedor loses, it will be a pretty devastating blow to his career.

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