By all indications, the legendary Fedor Emelianenko is content with life as a retired fighter, but it looks as though Bellator President Scott Coker plans to determine that for himself.
Emelianenko hasn’t fought since 2011, and the 38 year-old Russian star has relayed in interviews since, that he has no plans to fight again. But, as everyone knows, things can change, which is why Coker recently told Sherdog.com Radio the following:
“I’ve heard mixed signals. The last time I talked to [his people], they were basically saying he’s retired and he’s working for the government supporting MMA, the growth of MMA in Russia,” Coker said. “I’m going to the New Year’s Eve show in Japan, so I’ll be over there and I’ll be talking to him and seeing if there’s any interest.”
Coker and Fedor have worked together before, as the latter fought on several co-promoted events, when the Bellator President was still running Strikeforce. Russia’s M-1 Global, which Emelianenko fought for before he retired, was the other organization.
So, one would think that if Emelianenko has thought about fighting again, he may be more likely to do so with the Coker led Bellator, then the UFC. Dana White attempted to sign Fedor several years back, but no deal materialized, and the UFC President and Fedor’s camp have exchanged some verbal jabs since.
So, could this happen? Probably not. But when you’re talking about “The Last Emperor”, why not ask right? Fedor may not be a familiar name to mainstream and new MMA fans, but chances are he’d draw a hee-uge crowd of hardcore fans to SPIKE’s Bellator broadcasts, if Coker could somehow pull this off.
Emelianenko hung up the gloves having gone 34-4 during his storied career. After he was stopped by Dan Henderson in July, 2011, the Sambo guru went on to win three straight with M-1 Global.
All this comes not long after Coker said that Bellator plans to be all in on major, free agents, including Brock Lesnar, if the latter plans to fight again. In fact, Coker recently reached out to the pro-wrestler, who will conclude his current WWE deal in early 2015.