Fedor Emelianenko vs. Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson To Headline Bellator Japan

Bellator’s first-ever event in Japan on December 29 will feature a throwback heavyweight encounter between Fedor Emelianenko and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. The news was announced by the promotion in a press conference in Japan on Wednesday. Emelianenko has not competed since his knockout defeat to Ryan Bader in the finals of Bellator’s heavyweight grand prix […]

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Bellator’s first-ever event in Japan on December 29 will feature a throwback heavyweight encounter between Fedor Emelianenko and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

The news was announced by the promotion in a press conference in Japan on Wednesday.

Emelianenko has not competed since his knockout defeat to Ryan Bader in the finals of Bellator’s heavyweight grand prix earlier this year. However, his return to action will now see him return to Japan where he made his name in mixed martial arts.

“Nineteen years ago, I fought my first fight in Japan and ever since I have fallen in love with this country,” Emelianenko said (via MMA Fighting). “I’m very happy to return and fight in Japan in front of the most unique atmosphere that I’ve ever experienced.

I’m very happy to be able to do so with my opponent—a friend and a fight comrade who I fought side to side with in the same time. I’m very excited to be able to put on a great fight. I will work hard and do my best to put on a beautiful performance for all of the Japanese fans.”

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jackson — who last enjoyed a knockout win over Wanderlei Silva in September last year — has also had his fair share of competing in Japan and can’t wait to return there again:

“I don’t know if you guys know, but Fedor is and has been for a long time my favorite fighter,” Jackson said. “It’s strange to have to fight someone that you look up to and that you admire so much, but I love fighting in Japan so I just wanted to come back here and fight. I’ll fight anyone they tell me too if they tell me that I’m fighting in Japan.”

The event will take place in Saitama. According to Bellator president Scott Coker, he also plans on bringing three Bellator fighters to face three RIZIN fighters in challenger matches.

What do you think of the news? Are you excited for Bellator Japan?

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Fedor Emelianenko vs. Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson Booked For Bellator Japan

Fedor Emelianenko and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will do battle in the main event of Bellator Japan. Bellator president Scott Coker announced the match-up in a Twitter post. Bellator later issued a press release where Coker had more to say o…

Fedor Emelianenko and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will do battle in the main event of Bellator Japan. Bellator president Scott Coker announced the match-up in a Twitter post. Bellator later issued a press release where Coker had more to say on the promotion making its way to “The Land of the Rising Sun.” “For Bellator’s debut […]

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Scott Coker Targeting Russia For Fedor Emelianenko Retirement Fight

There’s no doubt that Fedor Emelianenko is one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. Currently, “The Last Emperor” is under contract with Bellator MMA. His next bout is being targeted for Japan against Quionton “Rampage” Jackson. However, at 43-years-old and competing at heavyweight, Fedor’s career is winding down. According to Bellator MMA […]

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There’s no doubt that Fedor Emelianenko is one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. Currently, “The Last Emperor” is under contract with Bellator MMA. His next bout is being targeted for Japan against Quionton “Rampage” Jackson.

However, at 43-years-old and competing at heavyweight, Fedor’s career is winding down. According to Bellator MMA president Scott Coker, who spoke to RT Sport recently, a fight for Emelianenko in Russia is certainly in the cards. In fact, that’s where Coker wants Fedor to end his MMA career for his final fight.

“Fighting in Russia is definitely something we’d like to have happen,” Coker said. “We think Fedor will be a great fighter, obviously because of his history, to launch us in the territory.

“I think Fedor will fight a couple of times before we go to Russia. We’re working on a fight hopefully to have him fighting in Japan before the end of the year, and that’s what we’re working on. It’s not signed yet, by any means – it’s not done yet. I’ll see Fedor in Milan in two weeks and we’ll have a discussion, but we’re getting close.”

Coker notes that the plan is to have Fedor fight only a few more times before finally ending his career in front of a native Russian crowd.

“I think the plan was to have Fedor fight two times, and then go to Russia,” Coker said. “And I think this will probably be his final match. This’ll be the retirement fight. So, if people want to see Fedor, the greatest fighter in the history of MMA, especially the greatest heavyweight of all time, they’ve got to come to the fight and see him live.

“But we’re talking years away, probably. Or a year away, or two years away – who knows? But we’re definitely working on his first fight, which will be done here soon.”

Who do you want to see Emelianenko fight in his final MMA bout?

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Bellator President Scott Coker Aims To Have Fedor Emelianenko’s Last Fight In Russia

Bellator president Scott Coker intends to book Fedor Emelianenko’s final bout in Russia. Following Bellator 222 back in June, the promotion announced Emelianenko’s farewell tour. Bellator is hopeful that the first bout on the tour will be h…

Bellator president Scott Coker intends to book Fedor Emelianenko’s final bout in Russia. Following Bellator 222 back in June, the promotion announced Emelianenko’s farewell tour. Bellator is hopeful that the first bout on the tour will be held in Japan and that the last will end up in Russia. Coker Discusses Possibility Of Fedor’s Last […]

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Fedor Emelianenko vs. Quinton Jackson Reportedly Targeted For December

Fedor Emelianenko is reportedly set for his farewell fight in Japan when he takes on Quinton Jackson. “It looks increasingly likely that Bellator will run a show Dec. 29 in Japan. Main event being discussed is Rampage Jackson vs. Fedor Emelianenko, and it would be billed as the Russian’s final fight in Japan,” The Athletic’s […]

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Fedor Emelianenko is reportedly set for his farewell fight in Japan when he takes on Quinton Jackson.

“It looks increasingly likely that Bellator will run a show Dec. 29 in Japan. Main event being discussed is Rampage Jackson vs. Fedor Emelianenko, and it would be billed as the Russian’s final fight in Japan,” The Athletic’s Josh Gross is reporting.

Emelianenko last fought back at Bellator 214 where he was fighting for the heavyweight title and in the grand prix finals. But, he was knocked out by Ryan Bader in 35 seconds. Since then, he has signed a new contract with Bellator which is expected to be his ‘farewell’ tour as of sorts. Before the loss to Bader, he knocked out Chael Sonnen and Frank Mir in the grand prix opening rounds.

The legend of the sport and one who is in the GOAT conversation is currently 38-6.

Quinton Jackson, meanwhile, last fought at Bellator 206 when he TKO’d Wanderlei Silva. Before that, he lost to Sonnen by decision in the opening round of the heavyweight grand prix.

Surprisingly, the two have yet to fight each other during their long careers.

Currently, this is just a rumor and nothing has been confirmed by Bellator. But, it would be a Bellator card in Japan and not a RIZIN cross-promotion event.

Who do you think will win the fight between Fedor Emelianenko vs. Quinton Jackson if it happens?

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Fabricio Werdum Reveals His Greatest Heavyweight Of All-Time

Fabricio Werdum believes Fedor Emelianenko is the greatest heavyweight of all-time, not Daniel Cormier like many suggest. ‘DC’ beat one of the best ever in Stipe Miocic and if he can beat him again on Saturday, he will no doubt cement his legacy. Yet, according to Werdum that still won’t be enough to overpass what […]

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Fabricio Werdum believes Fedor Emelianenko is the greatest heavyweight of all-time, not Daniel Cormier like many suggest.

‘DC’ beat one of the best ever in Stipe Miocic and if he can beat him again on Saturday, he will no doubt cement his legacy. Yet, according to Werdum that still won’t be enough to overpass what Emelianenko did.

“In my opinion, for sure (Cormier) is a very good fighter – two belts, different divisions – but the best fighter, in my opinion, is Fedor,” Werdum said to media members (h/t MMA Junkie). “He deserves (it). Ten years, he never lost before, and I believe Fedor continues to be the best heavyweight in the world.”

During the PRIDE days, he won 27-straight fights and went 10 years unbeaten as Werdum says. But, the first man to give him a loss during that time was Werdum. However, even though the Brazilian beat and finished him, he says Fedor is still the greatest ever.

“Not because I finished him,” Werdum said. “Before, I looked at him as my idol, but when I fought him, I wanted to finish him. That’s it.”

Regardless, it is a debate many fans, fighters, and media alike do. Everyone has different opinions but according to Werdum, it is Fedor Emelianenko who is the greatest heavyweight of all-time.

Who do you think is the greatest heavyweight of all-time?

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