Fedor Emelianenko Plays Down Potential Super Fight With JDS

Fedor EmelianenkoMMA pioneer, Fedor Emelianenko, has stated that he is no longer interested in a fight with Junior dos Santos. Following his release from the UFC, former heavyweight champion, dos Santos, was signed to Eagle FC, an MMA promotion founded and promoted by Khabib Nurmagomedov. Along with the announcement, a promotional debut was booked for dos […]

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MMA pioneer, Fedor Emelianenko, has stated that he is no longer interested in a fight with Junior dos Santos.

Following his release from the UFC, former heavyweight champion, dos Santos, was signed to Eagle FC, an MMA promotion founded and promoted by Khabib Nurmagomedov. Along with the announcement, a promotional debut was booked for dos Santos to face fellow UFC alum, Yorgan De Castro, a bout which took place on May 20.

The fight was going well ‘JDS’, controlling the contest throughout using his superior striking while De Castro. Then, in the third round, dos Santos, while throwing a right hand appeared to dislocate his shoulder, which forced the referee to stop the fight, awarding De Castro a stoppage victory.

Prior to the bout, Nurmagomedov had brought up the prospect of a potential fight between dos Santos and former Pride heavyweight champion, Fedor Emelianenko.

Even with the loss, Nurmagomedov was still hopeful that a bout between the two heavyweights could be made, especially due the circumstances surrounding dos Santos’s loss.

“I think it’s still viable because even if he lost, Junior looked amazing,” Nurmagomedov told MMA Underground. ”Everybody see tonight, he’s improved a lot and he was looking amazing. And I think it’s still interesting.”

Fedor Emelianenko Not Interested In JDS

Although many felt that dos Santos was hard done by in his last fight, Emelianenko seems unsympathetic and any hope for matchup is dwindling. Talking to Russian media outlet, Okko, ‘The Last Emperor’ shared his thought and it’s not looking for MMA fans.

“A meeting was planned with Scott Coker [Bellator President], but as I understand it, Scott and I are not interested in this fight with Junior dos Santos.  First of all, because of the defeat of the latter [Dos Santos].

Emelianenko, aged 45, is currently signed with Bellator, most recently making an appearance for the promotion in October 2021, knocking out Tim Johnson in Moscow, Russia.

Khabib Nurmagomedov discussing Fedor Emelianenko Vs. Junior dos Santos

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Fedor Shuts Down Cross-Promotion Fight With Junior Dos Santos

Fedor Emelianenko has shut down the idea of a possible cross-promotional fight between himself and Junior dos Santos. Eagle FC owner and former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov recently expressed interest in a fight between the two heavyweights leading up to dos Santos’s Eagle FC debut in May. That main event bout between Yorgan De…

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Fedor Emelianenko has shut down the idea of a possible cross-promotional fight between himself and Junior dos Santos.

Eagle FC owner and former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov recently expressed interest in a fight between the two heavyweights leading up to dos Santos’s Eagle FC debut in May. That main event bout between Yorgan De Castro and dos Santos ended when the former UFC heavyweight champion injured his shoulder early in the third round.

In an interview with Russia media outlet Okko, Emelianenko indicated that the result of that fight took some appeal away from a potential matchup between himself and the Brazilian.

“A meeting was planned with Scott Coker. But, as I understand it, Scott and I are not interested in this fight with Junior dos Santos. First of all, because of the defeat of the latter.”

Junior dos Santos suffered a loss in his Eagle FC debut after sustaining a shoulder injury. (Eagle FC)

“Cigano” was ahead on the scorecards heading into the third round of the fight at Eagle FC 47 before dislocating his shoulder just over 30 seconds into the final round. De Castro subsequently left the cage as the winner, and the 38-year-old dos Santos suffered his first loss since leaving the UFC and fifth in a row overall.

Fedor Emelianenko has been competing for Bellator since 2017 and has gone 4-2 during his time in the promotion. The 45-year-old is currently on a two-fight win streak after first-round knockouts of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Tim Johnson.

“The Last Emperor” suffered his most recent loss when he challenged Ryan Bader for the Bellator heavyweight championship in 2019. Emelianenko currently has one-fight remaining on his Bellator contract, and he’s indicated a desire to challenge Bader again for the title in what could also end up being his retirement fight.

Considered by many to be one of the greatest fighters of all time, Junior dos Santos recently named Emelianenko as his GOAT of heavyweight MMA.

What do you think of Fedor Emelianenko’s comments that a fight with Junior dos Santos has lost its appeal?

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Khabib Nurmagomedov Still Confident In Booking Junior dos Santos vs. Fedor Emelianenko Despite JDS Shoulder Injury

KhabibDespite Junior dos Santos’ loss to Yorgan De Castro at Eagle FC 47: Redemption, Khabib Nurmagomedov has stated he is still interested in booking a cross-promotional fight between ‘Cigano’ and MMA legend, Fedor Emelianenko. JDS initially had great success against De Castro in their main event fight. However, in round three, dos Santos dislocated his […]

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Despite Junior dos Santos’ loss to Yorgan De Castro at Eagle FC 47: Redemption, Khabib Nurmagomedov has stated he is still interested in booking a cross-promotional fight between ‘Cigano’ and MMA legend, Fedor Emelianenko.

JDS initially had great success against De Castro in their main event fight. However, in round three, dos Santos dislocated his arm after throwing a punch, resulting in a doctor’s stoppage TKO victory for ‘The Mad Titan.’

Prior to the fight, Khabib Nurmagomedov had stated that if dos Santos won, he would be booked in a cross-promotional fight with Fedor Emelianenko, who is currently signed with Bellator MMA. If De Castro won, he would be granted a shot at the Eagle FC heavyweight title, currently held by Rizvan Kuniev.

However, it now seems that both men will receive the fight they were initially promised. In the aftermath of the fight, Khabib had the following to say on the topic of Junior dos Santos’ next fight for Eagle FC:

“I’m not a doctor, but I see a lot of injuries inside the gym like this with shoulders, with knees. I think after three or four months, he can come back to sparring, and at the end of the year we can make this fight. Next week I’m going to sit with Scott Coker and we’re going to discuss about this fight.”

He went on to state that:

“Junior was looking amazing. [For a] long time, I didn’t see [him look like] how he looked like tonight. He was looking very good. I think it was maybe his best shape in the last couple years, maybe five, six years. But it is what it is, you know? This is a very tough sport. You can’t even blink in this sport when you’re inside the cage, because I know how it is being inside the cage, standing with someone [who’s] a professional athlete in front of you. It’s very dangerous and you have to stay focused every single second.” (H/T MMA Fighting).

Khabib Nurmagomedov on the future of Yorgan De Castro at Eagle FC

Khabib Nurmagomedov also reiterated his comments in the buildup to the fight that if Yorgan De Castro would be victorious, he would be granted a shot at the title.

“He was looking good too,” Nurmagomedov said. “De Castro showed his heart. He’s mentally a very strong fighter today, and he won. It’s a question of how, but he won. And I think maybe it’s going to be a good matchup, De Castro vs. Rizvan Kuniev, fight for the title, and we work on this Junior vs. Fedor [for the] end of this year.”

Eagle FC 47 Results & Highlights: dos Santos Loses Via Dislocated Shoulder

Eagle FC 47: Dos Santos vs. De Castro took place live tonight (May 20, 2022) from the FLX Arena in Miami, Florida, and MMA News has the results and highlights for you right here! The main event of tonight’s card featured former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos taking on another ex-UFC veteran Yorgan De…

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Eagle FC 47: Dos Santos vs. De Castro took place live tonight (May 20, 2022) from the FLX Arena in Miami, Florida, and MMA News has the results and highlights for you right here!

The main event of tonight’s card featured former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos taking on another ex-UFC veteran Yorgan De Castro. The co-main event featured two more familiar faces to MMA fans as Hector Lombard battled Thiago Silva.

You can view all the highlights from tonight’s card below followed by the quick results.

Yorgan De Castro def. Junior dos Santos

Eagle FC 47 Quick Results

  • Yorgan De Castro def. Junior Dos Santos via TKO (injury/doctor’s stoppage): R3, 0:35
  • Hector Lombard vs. Thiago Silva ends in no contest (accidental foul) R2, 1:44
  • Maki Pitolo def. Doug Usher via knockout (punches): R1, 0:30
  • Andrew Sanchez def. Gabriel Checco via unanimous decision (30-27×3)
  • Akhmed Aliev def. Darrell Horcher via knockout (punches): R1, 0:30
  • Islam Mamedov def. Zach Zane via submission (rear-naked choke): R1, 1:50
  • Ronny Markes def. Reggie Pena via submission (knee injury): R2, 1:21
  • Roosevelt Roberts def. Alexandre Almeida via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28×2)
  • Paulo Silva def. Sean Soriano via split decision (28-29, 29-28×2)
  • Adi Alic def. Shawn Bunch via unanimous decision (29-28×3)
  • Dylan Mantello def. Dennis Hughes via TKO (doctor’s stoppage): R2, 5:00

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Junior Dos Santos Names His GOAT Of Heavyweight MMA

Junior dos Santos respects the accomplishments of Stipe Miocic, but he still considers Fedor Emelianenko to be the best heavyweight in the history of MMA. The former UFC heavyweight champion recently spoke to The Schmo ahead of his Eagle FC main event bout against Yorgan De Castro. When the interviewer mentioned Eagle FC owner Khabib…

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Junior dos Santos respects the accomplishments of Stipe Miocic, but he still considers Fedor Emelianenko to be the best heavyweight in the history of MMA.

The former UFC heavyweight champion recently spoke to The Schmo ahead of his Eagle FC main event bout against Yorgan De Castro. When the interviewer mentioned Eagle FC owner Khabib Nurmagomedov’s suggestion that dos Santos could face Emelianenko if he wins against De Castro, “Cigano” was open to the matchup.

“I’m a big, big fan of Fedor Emelianenko. I think he’s the greatest heavyweight ever you know, in MMA. For me to be sharing that octagon with him will be something amazing.”

The 38-year old dos Santos has shared the cage with some of some the best heavyweights in the history of the sport. He won the UFC heavyweight championship in 2011 at UFC on FOX 1 in the first of three fights with Cain Velasquez, but he’s also fought current UFC champion Francis Ngannou as well as former champions Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic.

Junior dos Santos has fought some of the best heavyweights in MMA history.

Two-time UFC champion Miocic is considered by many to be the best heavyweight in the history of the sport, but dos Santos isn’t so sure.

“Yeah, Stipe Miocic is the new generation best heavyweight,” Dos Santos responded when asked how Miocic compares to Fedor. “But for the whole time you know, the guy [Fedor] who back in the day man there was kind of a magical thing in the air you know, when they were fighting back in the day there in Pride. That was so amazing, everything was so beautiful, so exciting you know. So that’s why I say you know, he’s the greatest heavyweight ever.”

Currently signed with Bellator, MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko is on a two-fight win streak following first-round finishes of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Tim Johnson. The former Pride champion has one fight left on his deal with Bellator following his win over Tim Johnson last year.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos is set to face Yorgan De Castro in the main event of Eagle FC 47. dos Santos debuted in the UFC in 2008 and won the UFC heavyweight championship in 2011 but parted ways with the promotion after his fourth-straight stoppage loss in 2020.

What do you make of dos Santos’s claim that Fedor is the greatest heavyweight of all time over Stipe Miocic?

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Khabib Nurmagomedov Expresses Interest In Booking Junior dos Santos vs. Fedor Emelianenko Fight

Junior dos SantosFormer undisputed UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov has noted his interest in potentially working in a cross-promotion capacity with Bellator MMA – booking a heavyweight matchup between esteemed division icons, Junior dos Santos, and Fedor Emelianenko. Khabib, the current leader of Eagle Fight Club, retired from professional mixed martial arts back in October 2020 – […]

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Former undisputed UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov has noted his interest in potentially working in a cross-promotion capacity with Bellator MMA – booking a heavyweight matchup between esteemed division icons, Junior dos Santos, and Fedor Emelianenko.

Khabib, the current leader of Eagle Fight Club, retired from professional mixed martial arts back in October 2020 – boasting an undefeated, 29-0 professional record following a successful title unification win against Justin Gaethje.

In the time since, the American Kickboxing Academy mainstay has began training and cornering fighters as well as running the operations of the aforenoted promotion, Eagle Fight Club – who have established a base in Florida. 

Speaking ahead of Eagle Fight Club 47 on Friday, Khabib noted his interest in booking former UFC heavyweight champion, Junior dos Santos against Emelianenko in the future – should the former overcome Yorgan de Castro in his promotional bow.

“If Junior dos Santos wins, I really want to make dos Santos vs. Fedor (Emelianenko) fight,” Khabib Nurmagomedov told assembled media at a press event on Wednesday. “But he has to focus on Yorgan (de Castro) for next, because this fighter here is tough opponent. I want to talk with my friend, Scott Coker, because Fedor is under Bellator contract. I don’t know what they’re gonna do next with him, but definitely, we can talk, and we can do something. We can create some story. …”

“Why not?” Khabib Nurmagomedov asked. “These two guys was long tiem the face of MMA. Fedor was the greatest fighter of all time in my opinion, and dos Santos was heavyweight champion a couple years in UFC. These two guys, I think they deserve and fans deserve. For me, it’s a very interesting matchup, too.” 

Junior dos Santos also seems receptive to a pairing with Fedor Emelianenko

As far as Santa Catarina veteran, dos Santos is concerned, a potential matchup against Emelianenko certainly appears to pique his interest.

“I’m a big, big, BIG fan of Fedor, and I really believe – like Khabib said – that is the greatest,” Junior dos Santos said. “That was a magical time in the MMA world when he did those amazing fights with ‘Big Nog’. I wasn’t even fighting at that time, but I was such a fan of them. For me, because I trained with ‘Big Nog’, as well, it was always kind of a dream, the biggest thing I would like to achieve in my career would be to fight Fedor. So to hear that may be possible now, it’s just amazing.” (Transcribed by MMA Junkie)

In his final Octagon appearance before his UFC release, dos Santos suffered a second round knockout loss to former interim division champion, Ciryl Gane, while Emelianenko managed to scoop a stunning first round knockout win over Timothy Johnson in a Moscow homecoming at Bellator 269 last October.