Fedor-Rampage In Tokyo May Be A Real Thing
After dominating in PRIDE in the early 2000s, Fedor Emelianenko and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson never crossed paths following the company’s closure over a decade ago.
Jackson jumped to the UFC for their light heavyweight division, while Fedor fought for every major non-UFC promotion he could find before signing to Bellator a few years ago.
Now, with both men under the Scott Coker umbrella as heavyweights, and Bellator’s relationship with Japanese promotion and spiritual successor to PRIDE, Rizin, a fight between the two is in-talks for later this year in Tokyo.
The fight allegedly is set for Rizin’s annual New Year’s Eve show, which saw Floyd Mayweather decimate Tenshin Nasukawa in 2018.
Josh Gross from The Athletic reported this weekend: “Scott Coker is working with RIZIN FC CEO Sakakibara on a New Year’s Eve celebration event in Japan. The main event being discussed now: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Quinton Jackson in a fight being dubbed as Fedor’s goodbye Japan match. Ryan Bader may also be there taking on 24-3 RIZIN 205-pound champ Jiri Porchazka”