Fedor Emelianenko Asking For Ryan Bader Rematch
Fedor Emelianenko wants a championship bout against Ryan Bader for his retirement fight, according to Bellator’s Scott Coker.
Emelianenko did not hesitate to end his last contest quickly, technically knocking out previous interim champion Tim Johnson less than two minutes into the bout. The Russian fighter was returning from a two-year hiatus.
Bader will face interim champion Valentin Moldavsky in a championship rematch at Bellator 273. Depending on it how it goes, Coker could get a championship shot.
“That’s what Fedor asked me,” Coker told MMA Junkie.
“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.”
Emelianenko was defeated by Bader in the first round of Bellator 214 for the then-vacant heavyweight belt. Many predicted that the Russian icon would retire after the defeat, but he went on to fight Rampage Jackson, winning by knockout.
Emelianenko is perhaps the best heavyweight in MMA history, having fought some of the sport’s biggest stars. He won 31 of his first 32 professional fights, winning Strikeforce and PRIDE championships.
Some have suggested he call it quits, but it seems the Russian star has other plans.