Aleksander Emelianenko has announced his retirement from mixed martial arts competition.
The Russian heavyweight, younger brother of former Pride FC champion Fedor Emelianenko, made the announcement shortly after the M-1 organization revealed that it had cut him from the roster for “repeated breaches of contract”.
Aleks says, “Unfortunately, I am no longer able to perform in the ring because of health problems caused by old injuries. Of course, for an athlete like me this is hard to realize. I am grateful to the fans and friends for their support, for believing in me, I am also grateful to my ill-wishers. Your passion always made me move forward and achieve new results.”
Seemingly addressing the comments by M-1 president Vadim Finkelstein, who announced Alek’s removal from the organization’s roster yesterday, the heavyweight Pride FC veteran was more cryptic.
“I understand that I’ve been hit with a barrage of accusations and negative criticism, but that is outside my control. Unfortunately, there will always be people who when I am in a negative situation, will look to score a lot of points.
“I have no intention of commenting on anything, explaining or justifying myself. Each of us makes his own life, the bad and good. That is our essence. I’m sure like a lot of sportsmen, by my example I drew many young people in gyms. The rest of my life, God and time will judge.
“Now I want to turn my back on any publicity and to take control of my health, my family, my daughter, whom I love very much. Maybe sometime I’ll meet with you again. Thank you! Be well and believe in God!”