PRIDE Never Dies: Fedor-Rampage Eyed For Tokyo
In the decade since they closed their doors, PRIDE FC’s mark on the world of mixed martial arts has never left.
Now, two of the biggest names PRIDE had to offer in the early 2000’s may face off as Bellator President Scott Coker is considering a Fedor Emelianenko and Quinton Jackson showdown this December in Tokyo.
“That’s something that we’re definitely working on,” Coker told Ariel Helwani regarding their relationship with RIZIN and their founder, former PRIDE president Nobuyuki Sakakibara and running a year ending event in Tokyo.
“It’s a situation where we haven’t finalized the details, Sakakibara and myself. Once that gets done, we can talk about the athletes. I would love to have Fedor fight in Japan because I think it’d be so much fun to watch that fight. Whether it’s a Japanese fighter or he fights ‘Rampage’ Jackson or Josh Barnett, or whoever, I think it would just be a magical night to see him back in the Bellator cage in Tokyo.”
Barnett and Fedor were set to fight for the Donald Trump backed Affliction promotion, but the fight, card, and company would fold after Barnett failed a pre-fight drug test.