In approximately a month, The Last Emperor will no longer have a kingdom.
You've suspected it ever since Dan Henderson shocked the world by being the first man to knock out the former Pride FC heavyweight champion, but you just didn't want to believe your intuition. We tried telling you guys in the Sunday Morning Rumor Mill months ago, but your inherit optimism made you ignore it. According to a statement made to Russia's 'Rianovosti,' Fedor plans to retire after his Pedro Rizzo fight, which goes down June 21st in St. Petersburg, Russia.
I think it's time to call it a day. This fight may be my last one.
I have been learning from Pedro's fights and have a lot of respect for him. He is a fighter of a great maturity, beating many of the strongest.
Don't worry, you can let those tears run down your cheek and still be considered a man (or a woman). Fedor's imminent departure from the sport we all love marks the end of the Pride FC heavyweight division that we all adored years ago. We hope Fedor finds his true path in life, and in the meantime he can give us that Pride FC belt that he grabbed from Big Nog nearly a decade ago.