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Fedor Emelianenko: 'I rushed to declare my retirement'

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"I rushed to declare my retirement. I will fight more. Possibly, I will return to the Heavyweight Grand-Prix. 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."

Even though he still can't see so good, mixed martial arts heavyweight legend, Fedor Emelianenko, envisions himself fighting another day after losing to Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva in the opening round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix last weekend in East Rutherford, N.J. Emelianenko was badly beaten in the second round, sustaining a grisly eye injury that forced the ringside doctors to call a halt to the bout before it entered the third and final frame. "The Last Emperor" was clearly upset with the result, hinting during his post-fight remarks that he may hang up the gloves after an illustrious 10-year professional career. But now that the emotions have faded, and he's had a few days to think about his future, the Russian plans to keep going despite back-to-back losses. In fact, he wouldn't even mind possibly redeeming himself as an alternate in the eight-man tournament if called upon should a fighter be unable to continue. Regardless, Emelianenko still has three fights remaining on his Strikeforce / M-1 Global contract .... how should he use them?