What Is Scott Coker’s Plan For Fedor Emelianenko?
Bellator President Scott Coker wants to ensure Fedor Emelianenko has a memorable end to his farewell tour.
Emelianenko began his retirement tour on December 29, 2019. The 43-year-old stopped Quinton “Rampage” Jackson via first-round TKO inside the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Bellator planned to continue pushing forward with the tour but the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to that.
During a talk with MMAJunkie, Emelianenko revealed that he had a meeting planned with Coker. That meeting has taken place and the Bellator boss told TASS that he has a plan for the last stop on Emelianenko’s retirement tour.
“Yes, we plan that Fedor will hold his last fight in Moscow,” Coker stated.
Emelianenko has yet to commit to retirement once his tour is over. It could be the end of his fighting career or just the conclusion of his Bellator run. The former PRIDE FC Heavyweight Champion said it all comes down to how he’s feeling by the end of the tour.
“My sports career is slowly nearing its conclusion, though I am looking forward to more fights. Time will tell,” Emelianenko told TASS. “It will all depend on the way I feel and on my desire to carry on fighting.”
Emelianenko has built quite the legacy throughout his pro MMA career. In 46 pro bouts, he has amassed a record of 39-6, 1 NC. His career began on May 21, 2000. From April 6, 2001, until June 26, 2010, Emelianenko had not been beaten. After going on a historic run, Emelianenko was submitted by Fabricio Werdum in just the second loss of his pro MMA career.
While Emelianenko has taken his lumps over the years, he is still highly regarded. Some still consider him to be the greatest mixed martial artist of all time. Even those who won’t go that far have said he’s the best heavyweight in the history of MMA competition.