Coker Is Fine if Fedor Retires

Will the last image of Fedor Emelianenko’s storied career be him knocked out by Ryan Bader in 35 seconds? If it is, Bellator President Scott Coker would be okay with that.

“It’s never easy to see your friends get hit and get knocked out and get hurt,” Coker said of Fedor, who has fought for Coker numerous times in Bellator and other organizations.

Leading up to the fight with Bader, Fedor revealed that he was thinking “more and more” about retiring,  now as a free agent, it may be his time to walk away.

“That’s really up to him (if he’ll fight again),” said Coker, who confirmed Fedor’s contract expired at Bellator 214. “That’s really up to Fedor. I think that we had a relationship that lasted for many years, and he fought for me back in Strikeforce. And Fedor, he doesn’t have to fight again. He’s already done it all. He’s already the greatest heavyweight of all time. He’s had such a great run. But, really, it’s going to be up to him whether he decides to really put it to rest.”

“To me, he’s the GOAT, and that’s it. It goes back to he’s a guy that’s fought everybody that he was presented with.”


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