Fedor Emelianenko broke social media when he announced he would be returning to action, not with the UFC or Bellator, but with a brand new Japanese based promotion. The announcement was made at “DYNAMITE” on Saturday and “The Last Emperor” has a two fight deal with the new company.
His first bout will take place at the end of the year on the return of the “New Year’s Eve” special. While his opponent has yet to be named, it is expected that he will duke it out with one of Bellator’s top heavyweights. Bellator CEO Scott Coker broke down negotiations with Emelianenko.
“We never discussed anything financial with him or any negotiations,” Coker told MMA Fighting. “We proved that, right? We knew [Sakikabara] was in dialogue with Fedor, so when the contract got signed, we never said anything but we knew it was going to be on Spike TV… It is a win-win for Sakikabara to have Fedor and it is a win-win for Spike TV to have Fedor.”
When Coker was asked whether about the future of Emelianenko’s career, he was optimistic about the timeline. “I’m not sure. Fedor could fight for the next five or six years.”
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