Fedor Doing ‘Retirement Tour’ with Bellator
During the Bellator 222 post-fight press conference, Bellator President Scott Coker announced Fedor Emelianenko has signed a new four-fight deal with the promotion, which will serve as a “retirement tour” for the MMA legend.
“It’s a multi-fight deal, multi-year [deal] and this is going to be his retirement tour,” Coker said. “I think we’d like to take him to a lot of countries and cities that maybe haven’t seen him in a long time or have never seen him. It’s going to be fun when we roll this thing out.”
Emelianenko is regarded as one of the greatest, if not the greatest heavyweight fighter in MMA history — and widely regarded as the best heavyweight to never step foot in the UFC.
After a controversial first loss in his fifth MMA bout, Emelianenko went 27-0 (1 NC) in his next 28 bouts and gained legendary status while fighting for PRIDE, having a classic trilogy with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, as well as memorable bouts with Mark Coleman, Kevin Randleman, Mark Hunt and and Mirko Cro Cop. He held the PRIDE Heavyweight Championship from March 2003 until the closing of the promotion.
Emelianenko’s legendary win streak came to an end in Strikeforce in June 2010, when he was submitted by Fabricio Werdum in upset fashion. Emelianenko dropped two more bouts before leaving Strikeforce and returning to Asia, where he won three fights before a brief retirement in 2012.
Emelianenko returned on New Year’s Eve 2015 and 11 months later, he signed a deal with Bellator. He was shockingly dropped and defeated in 74 seconds in his Bellator debut, losing to Matt Mitrione at Bellator NYC.
Emelianenko recently returned in the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix, defeating Frank Mir and Chael Sonnen before losing in the final to Ryan Bader.
“My strong friendship and respect for Scott Coker made reaching a contract extension a simple process,” Emelianenko said in a statement. “Bellator is my home — I look forward to helping Bellator continue to grow and reach its full potential as the world’s top MMA promotion.”
There is no word on confirmed opponents in this final run, but Coker has named potential opponents such as Josh Barnett and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
Original Story: MMAFighting