Andrei Arlovski may be knocking on the door for a shot at the UFC’s heavyweight belt, but “The Pitbull” has announced he wants a crack at a man who isn’t the champ….
Yes, as you’ve likely heard, old school fans have been buzzing with glee the last day or so, after new surfaced that Fedor Emelianenko is planning a come back. Since “The Last Emperor” hasn’t fought since 2012, and has repeatedly said he wouldn’t return, the development certainly caught a lot of folks by surprise. It’s also buzzed the MMA world since many consider Emelianenko to be the greatest heavyweight fighter ever, if not the pound-for-pound G.O.A.T.
Arlovski fought Fedor back at an Affliction card in 2009, when the latter was at the peak of his powers (more or less). Arlovski was outscoring Fedor early on, but then he jumped into a crushing right hand, and the fight was done.
Well, following the news of Fedor’s comeback, the former UFC champ posted the following comments on his official site:
If Fedor is coming back, he should come back to the best MMA organization in the world and UFC is that! I have always sought out to right the wrong in my career and have been very successful so far. He is who I want to take on next!
That’s the fight everyone wants to see right now and I want to deliver what my fans want!!
There you go. Now is that a fight a lot of people would love to see? Of course. Will it happen? That’s a tougher question.
First off, Fedor would have to sign with the UFC, and in the past, negotiations between the two parties didn’t go so well. Of course, since Fedor is 38 years-old now and isn’t in his prime, perhaps negotiations will go differently.
But, if the UFC is able to sign Fedor, would they match him up against Arlovski? Maybe. But since the Russian star might only come back for one fight, they would look to maximize the bout’s drawing appeal as much as possible. Is Arlovski-Fedor that fight?