Fedor Emelianenko retires following 1st round KO of Pedro Rizzo

Following a scintillating, but ultimately meaningless, knockout of Pedro Rizzo at today’s M-1 event, Fedor Emelianenko has retired from the sport of mixed martial arts.

Fedor, one of the greatest fighters in the history of the sport, leaves behind a tremendous legacy including an incredible run in PRIDE where he was the longtime champion.

LowKick.com has the quote from the press conference:

“I think it’s time. I’m retiring from sports. I still have the SAMBO World Championships. My family is the reason I will not be fighting again. My daughters are growing without their father, so it’s the right time to leave.” – Fedor

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