Fedor Emelianenko will be returning to action once again after almost two years. ‘Fedor the GOAT’ as he is referred to by many, will be headlining the Bellator’s first event in Russia later this year, on the 23rd of October. The opponent for Fedor’s return hasn’t been decided yet.
Bellator had tweeted, “BREAKING NEWS: Bellator MMA President @ScottCoker has announced the promotion’s first-ever event in Moscow, Russia on Saturday, October 23rd headlined by the legendary Fedor Emelianenko.”
Fedor Emelianenko last fought on the 29th of December, 2019 at Bellator 237. He took on the legendary Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson, and beat him via. knockout in the very first round. Following the news of the announcement, UFC light-heavyweight GOAT Jon Jones caught up with Fedor on FaceTime and congratulated him on his upcoming return. Bellator tweeted, “Real recognize real.”
‘Hey, I just want to say congratulations and welcome back‘ – Jon Jones to Fedor Emelianenko
Jones told Fedor, “Hey, what’s up man. How are you Fedor? Hey, I just want to say congratulations and welcome back. Yea I am very excited for you. I will talk to you later.”
An elated Fedor kept replying with umpteen respectful ‘Thank Yous’. Fedor is currently 44-years old, and is certainly in the twilight phase of his career. He will be looking forward to making every fight count from here onwards.
As for Jones, he is looking forward to making his heavyweight debut, which has been impeded due to a payment dispute with UFC President Dana White. He is expected to take on Francis Ngannou, provided the coast is clear. And more recently, Ciryl Gane is among the top-ranked heavyweight mix, too. It will be interesting to see how things pan out in the heavyweight division.