Scott Coker Reveals Fedor Emelianenko Wants Ryan Bader Rematch

MMA heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko wants a title shot against Ryan Bader for his retirement bout, according to Bellator’s Scott Coker.

Emelianenko most recently made his return to the Bellator cage at the promotion’s Russia event in October. …

Fedor Emelianenko

MMA heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko wants a title shot against Ryan Bader for his retirement bout, according to Bellator’s Scott Coker.

Emelianenko most recently made his return to the Bellator cage at the promotion’s Russia event in October. After a two-year hiatus, he knocked out former interim title challenger Tim Johnson less than two minutes into the fight with a barrage of punches.

Bader is slated to face interim champion Valentin Moldavsky for the title unification at Bellator 273. Depending on how things play out, Coker says Emelianenko could get the next title shot, as he’s allegedly already requested.

During a recent interview with MMA Junkie, Coker revealed a recent conversation with Emelianenko for his next, and more than likely last, appearance in the cage.

“That’s what Fedor asked me,” Coker said. “If Ryan Bader beats Moldavsky, I want Bader, that’s what he said. I’m going to give him some other options for the beginning of January and go from there. So we’re going to see how the fight plays out, and then make a business decision.”

Fedor Emelianenko Fell To Ryan Bader In 2019

Emelianenko lost to Bader back at Bellator 214 for the then-vacant heavyweight championship via first-round TKO. Many speculated that the Russian legend would retire following the loss, but he ended up taking a fight against Rampage Jackson later that year, earning a knockout.

Emelianenko is arguably the greatest heavyweight in MMA history, with a decorated record against some of the top names in the sport. He won 31 of his first 32 professional fights, including titles in Strikeforce and PRIDE.

Some in the MMA community, including former UFC champion Daniel Cormier, have called for Emelianenko to ride into the sunset after his knockout in his home country.

As of now, Emelianenko is the third-ranked Bellator heavyweight in the latest rankings, and a title shot next wouldn’t be too far-fetched. Depending on how things play out, we could see Bader and Emelianenko battle in the cage once again before ‘The Last Emperor’ calls it quits.

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Fedor Emelianenko Wants Ryan Bader Rematch For His Retirement Fight

Fedor EmelianenkoFedor Emelianenko is hoping he’ll get the chance to avenge one of his losses before retiring from the sport of MMA. The Russian fight legend wants to retire as the Bellator heavyweight champion but only if he is able to dethrone Bader who will face Emelianenko’s teammate Valentina Moldavsky in a heavyweight unification bout at Bellator […]

Fedor Emelianenko

Fedor Emelianenko is hoping he’ll get the chance to avenge one of his losses before retiring from the sport of MMA.

The Russian fight legend wants to retire as the Bellator heavyweight champion but only if he is able to dethrone Bader who will face Emelianenko’s teammate Valentina Moldavsky in a heavyweight unification bout at Bellator 273 on January 29.

“That’s what Fedor asked me,” Bellator president Scott Coker told MMA Junkie. “He’s like, ‘If Ryan beats Moldavsky, I want to fight Ryan Bader.’ That’s what he said. I said, ‘Well, let’s talk about it and I’ll give you some other possibilities in the beginning of January, then let’s see how the fight unwinds and we’ll make a business decision, Fedor. How about that?’ And he said, ‘OK.’ And that was it.”

Emelianenko, 45, fell short in his lone crack at Bellator gold. ‘The Last Emperor’ suffered a 35-second TKO defeat at Bellator 214 in January 2019 when he first fought Bader. Emelianenko has a good record in rematches throughout his career and is confident he can top off his career by beating Bader and becoming a champion once again.

Fedor Emelianenko’s Retirement Fight Will Be Huge

Even if things don’t work out in the way Fedor hopes, Coker assures that he has big plans for former long-time PRIDE FC champion who he is determined to give a brilliant send-off.

“We have one more fight with him and we’re going to do something really big in Russia,” Coker said. “He deserves a king’s sendoff with the career that he’s had, and we’re going to give it to him.”

Emelianenko rolled back the years in 2021 when he sensationally knocked out Tim Johnson at Bellator 269.

Prior to that, he stopped Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson inside one round to bounce back from his loss to Bader.

Do you want to see Fedor Emelianenko vs. Ryan Bader II?

Flashback To When Fedor Dared Dana White To Let Him Fight Couture

Fedor Emelianenko hasn’t thought too highly of UFC President Dana White for well over a decade now.

The year was 2007. Fedor Emelianenko was the PRIDE FC world heavyweight champion for over four years strong and was days away from his 24th consecut…

Dana White, Fedor Emelianenko

Fedor Emelianenko hasn’t thought too highly of UFC President Dana White for well over a decade now.

The year was 2007. Fedor Emelianenko was the PRIDE FC world heavyweight champion for over four years strong and was days away from his 24th consecutive victory, with the then 1-0 Choi Hong-man pegged as the next victim.

It was during this December that Dana White was quoted as saying the following:

“I don’t think Fedor is a top-five heavyweight in the world, and I’m not saying that because I didn’t get Fedor. I’ve always felt that way about Fedor and I always felt Randy Couture would beat Fedor … Fedor is a farce.” 

In a 2007 interview with MMA Weekly, Fedor was asked to respond to these comments, and the Russian legend was sure to include a daring proposal to Dana White in his retort.

“Dana talks a lot and uses words lightly. Let Randy Couture fight me. Allow this fight that everyone wants to take place. Me, Randy and MMA fans all over the world want it. The only obstacle is Dana.”

Fedor’s interest in fighting then-UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture was purely professional. Many people, Dana White included, have lamented the fact that the MMA world never bore witness to Fedor vs. Lesnar. However, a Russian icon in Fedor Emelianenko going against an American icon in Randy Couture in a champion vs. champion clash would have been pure money, and Fedor was convinced everyone wanted to see it. 

“People want to see this fight and I want to meet him in the ring. I have the greatest respect for Randy and have always admired him. I am also thankful that he has such a high opinion of me.”

As recently as two months ago, Fedor was still letting his thoughts on Dana White be known. The legend stated that White was selfish and lacks respect for fighters. That said, even though Fedor is incredibly still fighting, and winning, at age 45, don’t expect his swan song to include any high notes in the UFC.

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Fedor Emelianenko’s Retirement Fight Is To Headline ‘Massive Event’ In Russia

Fedor EmelianenkoFedor Emelianenko is set to have one more fight and if everything goes to plan it will headline a “massive” Bellator event in Moscow, Russia. ‘The Last Emperor’ rolled back the years at Bellator 269 where he landed a three-punch combination to spectacularly knockout Tim Johnson. Post-fight, many speculated that Emelianenko may ride off into […]

Fedor Emelianenko

Fedor Emelianenko is set to have one more fight and if everything goes to plan it will headline a “massive” Bellator event in Moscow, Russia.

‘The Last Emperor’ rolled back the years at Bellator 269 where he landed a three-punch combination to spectacularly knockout Tim Johnson.

Post-fight, many speculated that Emelianenko may ride off into the sunset and retire on the back of his most impressive win in recent memory. However, ahead of Bellator 271, Scott Coker revealed that will not happen and that he has something big planned for the heavyweight legends’ retirement fight.

“I think that we’re planning something really, you know, large-scale event in Russia for him as his farewell, sending off as far as having this illustrious career being the greatest heavyweight of all time,” Coker told MMA Junkie.

“It’ll be in Moscow. He wants to fight in Russia for us, his last fight, so we’re going to do it there, and we have some great plans. Again, this is going to be a massive send-off. This is not going to just be a normal fight, and we’re going to do – it’s going to be something really special, and we’re already starting to plan it right now.”

Scott Coker Was Impressed By Fedor Emelianenko’s Latest Win

The Bellator president couldn’t hide his excitement when talking about Fedor’s most recent with over Johnson.

“It was really amazing to see at 45 him still, you know, throw a three-punch combination like that, like he was 25 years old,” Coker said. “It was unbelievable, and the place, when it erupted, it was just like this ‘Rocky’ ending to the storybook, right? And we’re going to have one more. It’s going to be massive. It’ll probably be next summer.”

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Fedor Emelianenko Open To Boxing Match With Roy Jones Jr.: ‘It Would Be An Honor For Me’

Fedor EmelianenkoFormer Pride FC heavyweight champion and Grand Prix victor, Fedor Emelianenko has revealed he would be open to fighting former professional boxing champion, Roy Jones Jr. in the future — in a future boxing match. Emelianenko, revered as arguably the greatest heavyweight mixed martial artist of all time, lodged his second consecutive victory last month […]

Fedor Emelianenko

Former Pride FC heavyweight champion and Grand Prix victor, Fedor Emelianenko has revealed he would be open to fighting former professional boxing champion, Roy Jones Jr. in the future — in a future boxing match.

Emelianenko, revered as arguably the greatest heavyweight mixed martial artist of all time, lodged his second consecutive victory last month in the main event of Bellator 269 in his native Russian homecoming — stopping former interim heavyweight title chaser, Timothy Johnson with a patented first round knockout with just over a minute and a half elapsed in the first round. 

The veteran Russian earned the #3 rank in the heavyweight division with his first round knockout victory — which followed a prior, one-sided first round knockout victory over former UFC light heavyweight titleholder, Quinton Jackson. 

Fedor Emelianenko believes a future exhibition fight with Roy Jones Jr. is possible

At the time of publication, the 45-year-old has yet to book his next professional bout, however, the next walk under the Bellator banner is likely to be his final in the sport, and it could come in a heavyweight title fight.
Nevertheless, Emelianenko has expressed an interest in potentially matching with the aforenoted former four-weight professional boxing champion, Jones Jr.

I have great respect for him [Roy Jones Jr.] as an athlete, a person, like a legend,” Fedor Emelianenko told Russian outlet TASS. “He is one of the most outstanding boxer in the world of all time. Of course, it would be a great honor for me to perform in such a fight. I am interested in such fights. There are a few things we need to do — we need a promotion that is ready to organize such a fight. We also need to discuss the terms.

Emelianenko hinted that an exhibition bout between the two would be the more likely avenue to a showdown with Jones Jr. — but maintains the former middleweight, supper-middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight champion would still prove incredibly dangerous even on exhibition terms.

We probably will not fully commit to strikes,” Fedor Emelianenko said. “But even without committing to punches, Roy [Jones Jr.] can show everything he is capable of. Hopefully, I won’t pale in comparison.

We now have the wind blowing in different directions,” Fedor Emelianenko said. “I think that this fight will be interesting for many. But there are many pitfalls, including many people who will take it negatively.” (Transcribed by Bloody Elbow)

Cormier Calls For Fedor To Retire After “Fairytale” Ending In Moscow

Former two-division UFC champion Daniel Cormier has called for the great Fedor Emelianenko to hang up his gloves following what he described as a “fairytale” ending for the Russian.

Emelianenko is widely regarded as the greatest heavyweight of all …

Fedor Emelianenko, Daniel Cormier

Former two-division UFC champion Daniel Cormier has called for the great Fedor Emelianenko to hang up his gloves following what he described as a “fairytale” ending for the Russian.

Emelianenko is widely regarded as the greatest heavyweight of all time and one of the best mixed martial artists to have ever competed in the sport. In 47 professional fights, “The Last Emperor” boasts 40 wins, 31 one of which came via stoppages, and defeated the likes of Heath Herring, Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, Mark Coleman, Mirko Cro Cop, Tim Sylvia, Andrei Arlovski, and Frank Mir.

At the age of 45, the former PRIDE Heavyweight Champion is incredibly still competing. After almost two years away from action following his first-round TKO victory over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in 2019, Fedor headlined Bellator’s first Russian-held event on October 23.

In front of his home fans, Fedor faced the #3-ranked Bellator heavyweight Tim Johnson. In just under two minutes of the opening round, Johnson was sent to the canvas by a brutal combination. Whilst many had been sceptical about the Fedor we’d see in Moscow, the answer was provided in a vicious and powerful way.

Cormier Thinks “The Last Emperor” Should Leave On A High

One thing Fedor’s latest victory led to was increased criticism towards former UFC Heavyweight Champion Cormier. Ahead of Bellator 269, “DC” had suggested the 45-year-old would have been “average at best” if he’d have joined the UFC between 2009 and 2012. During that period, Fedor suffered losses at the hands of Fabricio Werdum, Antônio Silva, and Dan Henderson. His loss to “Vai Cavalo” brought to an end a 28-fight unbeaten streak that lasted almost a decade.

Having clarified his comments and reiterated the respect he has for Fedor, Cormier further praised “The Last Emperor” during an interaction with the media ahead of UFC 267. Addressing the comparisons fans often drew between the pair, the UFC color commentator described it as a “privilege” to be talked about in the same breath as Fedor.

“When I started fighting, Fedor was everywhere, he was the man. And he was the guy who didn’t look like a bodybuilder, he was fast, he could knock people out, and I took it as a privilege (to be compared to him). It meant a ton to me. To see this dude doing what he’s doing now is crazy. Fedor’s 45 years old, knocking people out.”

Talk of Fedor’s possible retirement was prevalent heading into Bellator 269. Despite the first-round triumph, Cormier believes it’s the right time for the veteran to call an end to his illustrious career. According to “DC,” securing a KO win in Moscow has provided a “fairytale” ending for the Russian legend.

“Fedor should stop now though, it’s like a fairytale… to go into Moscow and get a knockout in the way that he did. Just walk away man. Because otherwise the shit’s gonna end bad. You’ll be like everyone else; end up on your back and that’ll be like the story that we have seen a thousand times with great champions. Right now’s the time for that storybook ending. I just don’t know if these great champions can avoid that pull that tells them they can do it again and be who they were back in the day.”

Despite his age, Fedor isn’t set on calling it quits just yet. In the aftermath of his 40th professional victory, the GOAT contender said his future was yet to be decided, and wouldn’t be until he’d had conversations with his family and Bellator kingpin Scott Coker.

Do you agree with Daniel Cormier? Should Fedor Emelianenko retire off the back of his Bellator 269 victory?

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