Scott Coker and Bellator were treated to a vintage performance by Fedor Emelianenko in Russia.
After Emelianenko’s thrilling first-round knockout of Timothy Johnson at the Bellator 269 main event on Saturday in Moscow, Coker took to the media and couldn’t help but turn poetic when told asked to rate the last highlight of “The Last Emperor”.
“It was really special,” Coker said during the event’s post-fight virtual media scrum. “I’ve been in the fighting game for a long time and for him to really deliver in his hometown in front of all of his fans it was really fun to watch. It was a really special night and like I said, being a promoter for so long, there are a few times that capture that moment in time and it really was that night.
“I was like, wow, at 45 he can still bring it. He threw combinations at Tim that I haven’t seen in a little while, honestly. I think the pressure of being home really helped him. When I saw him yesterday he seemed so focused and I think a lot was at stake for him. He’s here and he’s proud to be here, all his people here, it was just an amazing night. Wow. Unbelievable. “
Flanked by Bellator Europe executive David Green, American Kickboxing Academy head coach Javier Mendez and former UFC lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov, Coker was impressed with Emelianenko’s performance. It only took Emelianenko 1h46 to find Johnson’s chin and register him for the account.
Coker agreed that it looked like Fedor, who turned 45 in September, still had plenty of it in his gas tank.
“I can’t remember the last time Tim was knocked out or if he ever got knocked out,” Coker said. “Fedor, he threw combinations at Tim like I was, man, the speed of his hand is still there. Its speed of contraction is still there. He proved it. He proved to me that he is still the greatest of all time.
“I was sitting around David Green, Javier Mendez, and Khabib, and we were just talking about how, ‘Jesus. Amazing at 45, he can still wear it like this. It’s amazing, it’s like time has stood still for him.
Emelianenko’s 40th victory and 47th professional fight was the penultimate of his current contract and possibly his career, although neither he nor Bellator have made any concrete statements on when he could fight. then and if this will really be the last time he will participate.
It remains possible that Emelianenko will receive another heavyweight title shot at Bellator, which is currently held by Ryan Bader. The pair have previously fought in the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix final in January 2019 for a vacant heavyweight title, with Bader winning by knockout in just 35 seconds.
“I’ll tell you, I haven’t told Fedor about it,” Coker said when asked about plans to promote Emelianenko. “I just want to enjoy this moment and I think he just wants to enjoy this moment. So talk to us in maybe two or three weeks and we will have an answer for you.