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Fedor Emelianenko hangs out backstage prior to his

Fedor Emelianenko hangs out backstage prior to his fight against Antonio Silva in the opening round of the Strikeforce Grand Prix heavyweight tournament in East Rutherford, N.J. (Feb. 12, 2011) Photo Credit: Strikeforce / Esther Lin

Fedor "The Last Emperor" Emelianenko was once considered the world's top-ranked heavyweight MMA fighter during a 10-year, 27-fight win streak.

In this photo made Thursday, June 21, 2012
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In this photo made Thursday, June 21, 2012 Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with heavyweight martial arts fighter Fedor Emelianenko at the M-1 Global mixed martial arts tournament in St. Petersburg, Russia. Fedor Emelianenko announced his retirement after knocking out Brazilian Pedro Rizzo. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (front R) congratulates heavyweight
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Russia's President Vladimir Putin (front R) congratulates heavyweight mixed martial artist Fedor Emelianenko (front L) after watching his fight against Pedro Rizzo entitled "M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Rizzo," at Ice Palace in Saint-Petersburg, late on June 21, 2012. AFP PHOTO / RIA-NOVOSTI / POOL/ ALEXEI NIKOLSKYALEXEI NIKOLSKY/AFP/GettyImages

Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (R) toasts with
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Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (R) toasts with Mixed Martial Arts champion Fedor Emelianenko during a meeting with his campaign activists in Moscow, on March 5, 2012, the next day after the vote. Putin secured yesterday almost 64 percent of the vote, winning back the presidency which he held for two terms from 2000-2008 before his four-year stint as prime minister. AFP PHOTO/ RIA-NOVOSTI POOL/ ALEXEY DRUZHININ (Photo credit should read ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

Fedor Emelianenko hangs out backstage prior to his
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Fedor Emelianenko hangs out backstage prior to his fight against Antonio Silva in the opening round of the Strikeforce Grand Prix heavyweight tournament in East Rutherford, N.J. (Feb. 12, 2011)

Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, left, congratulates Russian
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Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, left, congratulates Russian heavyweight fighter Fedor Emelianenko after his victory over Jeff Monson of the US in Moscow. (Nov. 20, 2011)

Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands
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Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with Russian MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko of Russia after his victory over Jeff Monson of the US, in Moscow. (Nov. 20, 2011)

Fedor Emelianenko in the locker room after losing
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Fedor Emelianenko in the locker room after losing by first-round TKO to Dan Henderson at Strikeforce in Hoffman Estates, Ill. (July 30, 2011)

Fedor Emelianenko, left, tries to hit Dan Henderson,
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Fedor Emelianenko, left, tries to hit Dan Henderson, right, during their fight at the Sears Centre. (July 30, 2011)

Fedor Emelianenko, left, tries to hit Dan Henderson,
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Fedor Emelianenko, left, tries to hit Dan Henderson, right, during their fight at the Sears Centre. (July 30, 2011)

Fedor Emelianenko, left, fights Dan Henderson, right, during
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Fedor Emelianenko, left, fights Dan Henderson, right, during their fight at the Sears Centre. (July 30, 2011)

Fedor Emelianenko, left, tries to push away Dan
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Fedor Emelianenko, left, tries to push away Dan Henderson, right during their fight at the Sears Centre. (July 30, 2011)

Fedor Emelianenko, right, is taken down by Dan
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Fedor Emelianenko, right, is taken down by Dan Henderson, left, during their fight at the Sears Centre. (July 30, 2011)

That swelling underneath Fedor Emelianenko's right eye caused
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That swelling underneath Fedor Emelianenko's right eye caused doctors to stop the fight after the second round, giving Antonio Silva the win in the quarterfinal round of the Strikeforce Grand Prix heavyweight tournament. (Feb. 12, 2011)

Fedor Emelianenko, of Russia, is seen with the
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Fedor Emelianenko, of Russia, is seen with the eye that forced a stoppage of his bout against Antonio Silva, of Brazil, during a Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix fight at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. (Feb. 12, 2011)

Fedor Emelianenko's right eye was so swollen, the
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Fedor Emelianenko's right eye was so swollen, the doctors stopped the fight after the second round as Antonio Silva won the quarterfinal round of the Strikeforce Grand Prix at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. (Feb. 12, 2011)

Fedor Emelianenko, of Russia, is pushed against the
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Fedor Emelianenko, of Russia, is pushed against the cage by Antonio Silva, of Brazil, during a Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix fight at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. Silva won after the end of the second round when the doctor said Emelianenko could no longer see out of his eye. (Feb. 12, 2011)

Fedor Emelianenko, right, of Russia, is taken down
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Fedor Emelianenko, right, of Russia, is taken down by Antonio Silva, of Brazil, during a Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix fight at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. Silva won after the end of the second round when the doctor said Emelianenko could no longer see out of his eye. (Feb. 12, 2011)

Fedor Emelianenko is introduced to the crowd at
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Fedor Emelianenko is introduced to the crowd at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J., on the first night of the Strikeforce Grand Prix. He lost to Antonio Silva in the quarterfinal round of the tournament later in the night. (Feb. 12, 2011)

Antonio
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Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva, left, wags his finger to let people know Fedor Emelianenko's ankle lock is not hurting him at the end of the second round of the quarterfinal bout in the Strikeforce Grand Prix at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. (Feb. 12, 2011)

Fedor Emelianenko awaits an interview with Gus Johnson
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Fedor Emelianenko awaits an interview with Gus Johnson after losing in the quarterfinal round of the Strikeforce Grand Prix at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. (Feb. 12, 2011)

Fedor Emelianenko, shown here before a Strikeforce fight
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Fedor Emelianenko, shown here before a Strikeforce fight against Fabricio Werdum, won 27 straight matches over a 10-year span before losing three in a row starting with Werdum. (June 26, 2010)

Fedor Emelianenko lost by submission in the first
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Fedor Emelianenko lost by submission in the first round to Fabricio Werdum at Strikeforce in San Jose, Calif. (June 26, 2010)

Fedor Emelianenko at a Strikeforce fight against Fabricio
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Fedor Emelianenko at a Strikeforce fight against Fabricio Werdum on June 26, 2010, in San Jose, California.

Fedor Emelianenko lost by submission in the first
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Fedor Emelianenko lost by submission in the first round to Fabricio Werdum at Strikeforce in San Jose, Calif., on June 26, 2010.

Fedor Emelianenko of Russia, top, fights Brett Rogers
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Fedor Emelianenko of Russia, top, fights Brett Rogers in the second round of the Strikeforce heavyweight bout at The Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Nov. 7, 2009. Emelianenko won via second-round knockout.

Fedor Emelianenko of Russia, right, fights Brett Rogers
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Fedor Emelianenko of Russia, right, fights Brett Rogers in the second round of the Strikeforce heavyweight main event at The Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Nov. 7, 2009.

Brett Rogers is tended to after being knocked
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Brett Rogers is tended to after being knocked out by Fedor Emelianenko during the second round of the Strikeforce main event at The Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Nov. 7, 2009.

Fedor Emelianenko of Russia, celebrates with fans after
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Fedor Emelianenko of Russia, celebrates with fans after knocking out Brett Rogers in the second round of the Strikeforce match at The Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Nov. 7, 2009.

Fedor Emelianenko at training camp in Stary Oskol,
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Fedor Emelianenko at training camp in Stary Oskol, Russia, in July 2009.

Fedor Emelianenko at training camp in Stary Oskol,
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Fedor Emelianenko at training camp in Stary Oskol, Russia, in July 2009.

Fedor Emelianenko at training camp in Stary Oskol,
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Fedor Emelianenko at training camp in Stary Oskol, Russia, in July 2009.

Fedor Emelianenko at training camp in Stary Oskol,
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Fedor Emelianenko at training camp in Stary Oskol, Russia, in July 2009.

Fedor Emelianenko at training camp in Stary Oskol,
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Fedor Emelianenko at training camp in Stary Oskol, Russia, in July 2009.

Fedor Emelianenko, right, knocked out Andrei Arlovski 3:14
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Fedor Emelianenko, right, knocked out Andrei Arlovski 3:14 into the first round at Affliction's Day of Reckoning on Jan. 24, 2009.

Andrei Arlovski was knocked out in the first
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Andrei Arlovski was knocked out in the first round by Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction's Day of Reckoning on Jan. 24, 2009.

Fedor Emelianenko poses for photos after knocking out
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Fedor Emelianenko poses for photos after knocking out Andrei Arlovski in the first round at Affliction's Day of Reckoning on Jan. 24, 2009.

Fedor Emelianenko, right, submitted former UFC champion Mark
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Fedor Emelianenko, right, submitted former UFC champion Mark Coleman via arm bar in the second round at Pride 32 in Las Vegas on Oct. 21, 2006.

Fedor Emelianenko, right, submitted former UFC champion Mark
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Fedor Emelianenko, right, submitted former UFC champion Mark Coleman via arm bar in the second round at Pride 32 in Las Vegas on Oct. 21, 2006.

Fedor Emelianenko, right, beat the 7-foot-2, 352-pound Hong
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Fedor Emelianenko, right, beat the 7-foot-2, 352-pound Hong Man Choi via armbar submission in the first round at Yarennoka in Saitama, Japan, on Dec. 31, 2007.

Fedor Emelianenko, bottom, moves the armbar that submitted
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Fedor Emelianenko, bottom, moves the armbar that submitted the 7-foot-2, 352-pound Hong Man Choi in the first round at Yarennoka in Saitama, Japan, on Dec. 31, 2007.

Fedor Emelianenko needed just 26 seconds to knock
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Fedor Emelianenko needed just 26 seconds to knock out Wagner da Conceicao Martins, aka "Zuluzinho," at Pride Shockwave in Saitama, Japan, on Dec. 31, 2005.

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