Image source: Fedor Emelianenko Instagram (@fedoremelianenkoofficial)
In his immediate post-fight interview, Fedor stated, via a translator that this would be his last MMA bout.
“Unfortunately, and regretfully I want to say perhaps my career stops here, on a win in Japan where my career started. I’m finishing my career here.”
Although the translated statement makes it seem like Fedor was retiring it appears that there was a slight translation error. Fedor’s translator actually cleared this up in his post-fight media scrum saying that he accepts responsibility for the way he translated the message.
“I want to take responsibility for that. The way he said it is right now he’s doing his tour, it’s his final fights and he wants to a fight in Japan, a fight in the United States and a fight in Russia. So, for Japan, that was the win and the retirement fight in Japan so he’s not retiring. I take responsibility, sorry if I didn’t translate [correctly], I don’t want things to be read out of context.”
It also appears that the next fight for Fedor will be in the U.S. and the final fight of the retirement tour will happen in Russia. Fedor reiterated his statement before the fight that retiring after the tour is his current plan but he could potentially continue after that and will see how he feels.
The win over “Rampage” meant that Fedor’s record of never losing inside the Saitama Super Arena remained intact.