For quite some time leading up to Fedor Emelianenko’s MMA return on New Year’s Eve there was speculation as to who ‘The Last Emperor’ would be fighting.
While he ultimately ended up fighting and defeating Jaideep Singh, the first man who was named as Emelianenko’s opponent, apparently the fight was offered to retired kickboxing legend and WSOF President Ray Sefo.
He wrote on WSOF.com:
“The opportunity to fight him was actually offered to me, I think five weeks out from the actual New Year’s Eve fight. I was honored, but I told the guys, ‘Listen, that fight, I would love to have. He’s a legend in this sport. Win or lose for me, it would be amazing to get in there.’
“But at the same time, I said, ‘Five weeks is not enough for me to prepare for someone like Fedor. He’s a guy that I don’t want to just jump in there. That’s disrespectful to him and disrespectful to myself.’”
While Sefo hasn’t competed since his 2012 loss to Mirko Cro Cop, a fight between Sefo and Emelianenko would have been an iconic one!
It is worth nothing that it was announced that Fedor would be fighting again in April.
Do you think we could see an Emelianenko vs. Sefo fight then?