Sakakibara gives update on Fedor Emelianenko vs. Wanderlei Silva fight

Fedor Emelianenko

When it was announced that Wanderlei Silva had signed with Rizin FF, there were immediately talks of Silva potentially fighting MMA icon Fedor Emelianenko. While Emelianenko has stated that his next fight will be soon, and likely in Russia, fans can’t help but wonder if Emelianenko and Silva will fight this year.

Rizin FF President Sakakibara spoke to BloodyElbow through a translator:

“I do believe that both of them have that fight in mind for sometime down the line,” said Sakakibara. “I feel like they already know. When I negotiated with Wanderlei, he definitely brought up Fedor’s name. But as far as Fedor, I haven’t heard anything from his mouth. He is not the type of fighter to pick his opponent. If all the terms are right, there is no reason for him to turn it down.”

“Is that what fans really want to see? If the demand is there and fans talk about it enough, am sure it is eventually going to happen but I want to be sure that there is demand for it.”

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