Former UFC Champion Eyes Fedor Emelianenko Rematch 11 Years After First Encounter
PFL’s Fabricio Werdum wants to fight Fedor Emelianenko on the latter’s return to MMA. The former UFC heavyweight champion has called out Bellator CEO Scott Coker on social media to fix the rematch 11 years after their first meeting under Strikeforce. Werdum shook up the MMA world when he submitted the Last Emperor in 2010. The Russian juggernaut was the firm favourite in the fight, but he suffered his career’s first loss to Werdum via triangle armbar.
— Fabricio Werdum (@FabricioWerdum) June 27, 2021
Bellator is looking for a big name, perhaps any former UFC star, to take on Emelianenko in October in Russia. On July 4, Vai Cavalo made himself publicly available for the fight. He tweeted: “Fedor was never the goat because I killed the GOAT. Scott Coker, let’s go.”
Fedor was never the goat because I killed the 🐐 @ScottCoker let’s go
— Fabricio Werdum (@FabricioWerdum) July 4, 2021
Werdum last fought Renan Ferreira in the PFL. The fight ended in a no contest and the 43-year-old was forced to pull out of the heavyweight tournament following an injury.
The Brazilian martial artist is now eyeing a comeback after missing out on the golden opportunity to bag $1 million in the PFL competition.
On the other hand, the Bellator boss had recently revealed that he is in touch with former UFC fighters Alistair Overeem and Junior Dos Santos for the Last Emperor’s comeback fight.
Coker never mentioned Werdum as the potential opponent, but that may change soon after the heavyweight’s call out.