When PRIDE legend Fedor Emelianenko announced his return to mixed martial arts earlier this year, fans and fighters alike were hopeful he would be making his way to the UFC. Talks about where he was going to sign and which weight class he would be fighting in remained quiet until “Bellator: DYNAMITE” fight week.
Had Emelianenko signed a deal with UFC, there was a real possibility he would be fighting with the best the light heavyweight division had to offer. Had that been the case, UFC veteran Don Frye believes that he would have no issues eventually capturing gold in the UFC.
“There’s, the light heavyweight division is the weakest it’s ever been,” Frye told Submission Radio. “It’s always been a weak division in the UFC, the light heavyweight division, and its weakest now than it’s ever been.”
Frye went on to analyze the current state of the heavyweight division as well, which he wasn’t too impressed with. “And the heavyweight division only has one man, that’s Werdum. And everybody else is 17 stories below the man. So yeah, he could have walked in and had his choice at the championship belt in two weight classes.”
Unfortunately, we may never find out if Emelianenko has what it takes to hang with the best in the UFC. Do you think he could have invaded the octagon and taken whichever championship he wanted? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!
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