Sure, Fedor Emelianenko has never fought for Bellator before and if I were a betting man I’d bet that he never does, but where Scott Coker is should be considered home for Fedor Emelianenko. You see, Scott Coker is out to somehow prove that Bellator is a competitor for the UFC and that the whole nasty UFC lawsuit thing going down is just silly, because Bellator can acquire guys who have been retired for years and make plays for professional wrestlers.
Fedor Emelianenko is without a doubt one of the best (I’d argue the best, but still) MMA fighters of all time and who finished out his career in Russia back in 2012. His final run in the United States was in Strikeforce and, well, it didn’t turn out that well. After one of the craziest undefeated streaks in MMA history, he went on to lose three fights in a row under the Strikeforce banner, losing to Fabricio Werdum, Antonio Silva and Dan Henderson. It was a hard pill for most of us to swallow, but these things happen, especially for a guy like Emelianenko who had been fighting for so long at the highest level.
Scott Coker wants him back, though. He wants him back badly. According to the man himself, Coker had reached out to Emelianenko’s team who politely turned him down and explained that Fedor was retired and working in politics. Now he intends to fly over to Japan to attend Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2014 where he plans to speak to Emelianenko and see if he can reason with the Last Emperor in person.
I’m not sure how I feel about this. If Fedor thinks that he’s done, he’s done.