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Recent media reports that Fedor Emelianenko is on the verge of retirement are blown out of proportion, according to his representatives.


The top-ranked heavyweight set off a fresh round of speculation when a sentence allegedly went missing in the translation of his media teleconference promoting Saturday's Strikeforce fight with Fabricio Werdum.


While his translator, Steven Bash, concedes he may have missed a possibly crucial statement, he said there's nothing to hide.


"[The reports] kind of made it seem like somebody was hiding something, but he was actually specifically put on the phone during the interview so people can hear his answer in Russian," Bash today told MMAjunkie.com (http://www.mmajunkie.com).


Bash, a Los Angeles-based lawyer who frequently translates for the fighter, handled such duties during the teleconference. Following an Internet report earlier this month that stated Emelianenko is contemplating retirement for a move into politics, it was easy to question his desire to continue in the sport.


The statement that drew the most heat came from a Russian translation of the recent teleconference that suggested the heavyweight might call it quits after he fulfills the final two fights of his Strikeforce contract.


"I haven't [read] the transcript, so I'm not sure," Bash said. "If he did mention a sentence that wasn't translated, that's certainly possible because it's not that easy to [translate during] a phone conference.


"But there was a sentence where he said, 'I'm thinking more and more about retirement.' If that's the case, then that's the case. The only thing I'd recommend to anybody is follow up on it and get a more clear answer."


M-1 Global executive Evgeni Kogan, a spokesperson for the Russia-based promotion (which co-promotes Saturday's "Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum" event), said Emelianenko's comments aren't out of place at his career stage.


"I wouldn't put too much stock in [reports of retirement]," Kogan said of the apparent translation gap. "Fedor was essentially saying that he'll finish out this contract, and then we'll see what he can do.


"But that he's thinking about leaving the sport? I wouldn't put anymore stock in it than into Anderson Silva's comment constantly that he's about to retire after his contract. Basically, I think Fedor is saying he doesn't have 10 years ahead of him. He's not someone like Randy Couture (or) Dan Henderson; he doesn't intend to fight into his 40s."


Kogan said reports claiming Emelianenko's retirement is imminent are "conjecture."


During the teleconference, Emelianenko told MMAjunkie.com that his immediate goal is to remain undefeated in Strikeforce.


"I'd like to finish up my contract without any losses, and at that point, we'll see where it goes from there," he said. "We'll see what God has planned for me."


Emelianenko (31-1 MMA, 1-0 SF) didn't exactly shoot down rumors that a bid for Russian congress is in his future - he essentially said that he will do one or the other but that politics is a "we'll see" proposition - and admitted that retirement is an ever-present part of his current career.


"I certainly feel there's a demand for me to keep fighting and for me to keep getting back into the cage," he said. "Right now, I'm OK with that, and after every fight, I balance and weigh whether I should continue or whether I should stop."


As to when that is, the Russian sounded like several well-known fighters who contemplate the end of the road.


"Until I come to a point where I feel that I'm not as effective and I'm not getting what I want out of the sport, I'll continue fighting," Emelianenko said.

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He should retire, tbh. - every fighter has a turning point where they begin to dwindle. Where their bodies suffer too much damage so they will not be the same again.


After he takes the Strikeforce belt, he should quit. That way everyone will speculate but no one will know about his p4p reputation.

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It would be good to see him retire as the only' date=' well kind of, undefeated fighter who hasnt fought cans. i just wish he could fight brock to settle all the disputes[/quote']


Before that happens, Brock needs to answer to Carwin first. Its still anyones game. Then maybe a Carwin-Fedor bout would be in order

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