Fedor Emelianenko recently drew the ire of former PRIDE FC stablemate Mirko Filipovic after "The Last Emperor" expressed his desire to see "Cro Cop" walk away from mixed martial arts (MMA). This, after Mirko was submitted in the opening frame by Oleksiy Olyiynyk at Legend Fight Show last November in Moscow, Russia (video here).
Those statements didn't sit too well with Filipovic, who said any respect he had for Fedor has gone out the window for suggesting he hang up his gloves.
During a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, "Cro Cop" talked about Fedor's comments further and said it's not "The Last Emperor's" job to act like his mother and tell him what to do. Furthermore, the fact that Emelianenko didn't even bother to seek him out to catch up on old times while he was in his own backyard, only added fuel to his fire.
His words (via MMA Fighting):
"I like Fedor and I respect him a lot, but it's not his job, it's not his concern to act like my mother and to give any kind of advice, especially to me. I think I'm old and I believe wise enough that I will know when it's time to go. What happened to me in that fight, it could happen to anyone. Really, I don't know why Fedor said it. He (Oliynyk) just caught me. I paid the price and that's it. I will never be caught again in neck crank. Never. I learned my lesson. Later on I heard that Fedor is saying this and that. I don't think he should do it. Of course he has the right to give his opinion, he's a legend of mixed martial arts. But I didn't like his comment, to tell you the truth. I never gave a comment on his fights. Every loss of Fedor's, I [felt] like it was my own. At the end of the day, we used to fight together in the PRIDE ring, so many times we shared a dressing room. I was fighting in his town and he didn't show up for the press conference. If Fedor came to my hometown, I would find him a few days before, I would take him to lunch, dinner, whatever, shake hands to see him. And I saw him only in the ring. But that's him. I think and feel differently."
Sad Mirko is sad.
While the feared striker was left feeling blue by Fedor's comments and (non) actions, Filipovic says he isn't mad at his former "brother in arms" anymore and wishes him the best in his future endeavors.
Endeavors that don't included fighting.
As for "Cro Cop," fighting is in his near future as he rematches Remy Bonjasky in a kickboxing match this weekend (March 8, 2014) at GLORY 14 in Zagreb, Croatia (stream it). And far as the whole retirement thing, Filipovic says the day he can't recover from two training sessions is the day he walks away from combat sports.
By the looks of it, that day is nowhere in sight.