Legendary heavyweight blended martial artist and former Bellator MMA Heavyweight Grand Prix finalist Fedor Emelianenko is gearing up for a return to the cage in line with President Scott Coker.
Emelianenko has not competed since December 2019. He was identified with COVID-19 in 2020 and it landed him in hospital for a quick interval.
What’s the plan for Fedor Emelianenko when he returns?
In an interview given to MMA Junkie, Coker instructed them he plans on assembly with Emelianenko throughout Bellator 256 combat week to debate the specifics, however he’s been instructed the Russian legend is already again within the gymnasium and making ready for a comeback.
“He’s doing much better, and he’s ready to start training and getting ready”, Coker mentioned. “He will fight here in the next several months, I think. I’m going to talk to him when he gets here next week,” he additional mentioned.
Coker believes if they’ll get on the identical web page then we will see Emelianenko combat quickly. He says, “I’m thinking late summer or early fall, you’ll see Fedor in the cage again.”
With a few high-rated heavyweight free brokers available on the market, Coker sees potential opponents for Emelianenko within the likes of former UFC heavyweight champion Jonathan Dos Santos and heavyweight veteran Alistair Overeem.
Coker claims Bellator has been in talks with each. While the promotion isn’t all for locking the 37-year-old Dos Santos or the 40-year-old Overeem up for multi-year offers, Coker mentioned 1-fight offers may very well be an choice if the events concerned have an interest.
“We’re not going to sign these guys to, like, a two-year, six-fight deal or build them up. “They’ve done everything. They’ve already proved themselves. They are legends of the sport already. But what I will say is we do have legends of the sport here.
“If we go down the road, and we think a Fedor opponent will work, Alistair and Fedor will be very interesting to me. Junior Dos Santos and Fedor will be very interesting to me,” he additional added.
Emelianenko and Overeem have some historical past between them. Both took half within the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix in 2011 and will’ve fought each other. But Fabricio Werdum eradicated Emelianenko, and Overeem withdrew from the event due to contractual points.
What was Emelianenko doing earlier than his layoff?
Emelianenko has not competed since December 2019 when he picked up a 1st-round TKO over Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson at Bellator 237.
The win for Emelianenko got here after he got here up brief in his try and win the Bellator MMA Heavyweight World Grand Prix. He suffered a 1st-round knockout by the hands of Ryan Bader, who subsequently went on to turn out to be the heavyweight champion.
Junior Dos Santos is coming off of 4 consecutive knockout losses. Overeem bid adieu to UFC after a few victories. Emelianenko has received 3 of his final 4 bouts.
It might be attention-grabbing to see who finally ends up dealing with Emelianenko. While he’s coming again after a quick hiatus, he can nonetheless add up victories in opposition to legendary opponents in his already glittering portfolio.
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