Sure, old school fans know all too well that we’ve been down this road before, to no avail, but Fedor Emelianenko has confirmed he’s negotiating with the UFC. Not only that, he reportedly said he wants to scrap the promotion’s heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum one more time…
Emelianenko recently dropped jaws throughout the MMA world by announcing he’s coming back to fighting, and since then, there’s been a ton of speculation regarding where he’ll sign. Since Fedor fought for current Bellator boss man Scott Coker, when the latter was running Strikeforce, a lot of folks believe he’ll head there.
Of course, there’s plenty of fans who want to see the storied heavyweight step into the Octagon, but, in the past, the UFC couldn’t come to terms with Emelianenko.
Well, “The Last Emperor” was recently at a Q&A session in North Caucasus, and here is what he reportedly had to say, while discussing his comeback (quote via Bloody Elbow.com):
“Now this is being negotiated, in particular with the UFC, as well as some other promotions. I think it will soon be finally determined. As for the opponent, I would say that desire must comply opportunities. I would like to face the strongest fighters in the world – UFC champion Fabricio Werdum. Given that over three years, I did not fight during the first fight I would like to get involved, check for myself.”
How about that for some eye brow raising copy huh? Fedor faced Werdum in 2010, and at the time, he hadn’t lost a fight in 10 years (and said loss was due to a cut). Werdum stunned the world by tapping Fedor out with a first round, triangle-choke.
Now sure, none of this means that Fedor will sign with the UFC, and even if he did, would the promotion tap him to fight Werdum? They just might.
It’s going to be fascinating to see how this all plays out, and further, how Emelianenko looks when he returns. The 38 year-old went 1-3 during his time with Strikeforce, before closing out his career (at the time) by winning three straight for M-1 Global.