Unanimous all-time legend often referred to as the greatest heavyweight of all time, Fedor Emelianenko has already accomplished so much in his career. With two fights remaining on his contract with Bellator, however, he plans to honor his contract. He will return to Moscow on October 23 – a fight he looks forward to.
“I feel great,” Emelianenko told MMA Junkie on Friday through a translator. “I’m very excited to be back (and) to fight in Moscow. We had a situation that didn’t allow us to do the first fight, so now I’m back, and I’m very excited to do it. … I feel good. I can’t relax yet. I work with young people and I cannot let them get the better of me yet.
The event at the VTB Arena will be Bellator’s first in Russia – a plan the promotion was working on at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Of course it was very important to me,” said Emelianenko. “I love representing my country, and it’s very exciting for Russian fans because it’s the first time that Bellator is coming to Russia. All fans can see their favorite fighters live. “
Now that the “when” and “where” have been determined, the question is now “who?” Who will Emelianenko (39-6 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) fight against? Emelianenko was elusive, but said there are a lot of options.
“I have a lot of names in mind, but it’s up to Bellator to decide,” said Emelianenko. “Right now I’m just looking for names. But that’s up to Bellator to decide.
Beyond October 23, Emelianenko plans to participate at least once more.
“I still have two fights on my contract,” Emelianenko said. ” We’ll see what happens. I would like to finish them. If not, we will find a solution. “
At 44, Emelianenko is in the twilight of his career, but he continues to move forward. Unlike the motivators of yesteryear, Emelianenko pursues his career for two reasons: pleasure and to prove to the youth that the old legend still has it.
“My motivation is that I like to have fun in fights, and just fight and help young people with me and them by following in my footsteps,” said Emelianenko. “I’m not letting them go to training yet. It’s a lot of fun, and I do it for fun.