Announcing your comeback from retirement out of nowhere arouses attention. Being a former PRIDE Champ and MMA legend also arouses attention. And then there is an intersection of both to which one man belongs to: the shining light of MMA, Fedor Emelianenko. “The Last Emperor” announced his comeback some time ago, and as he did, a long list of people who could fight him popped up. The list includes names like Andrei Arlovski, Fabricio Werdum, Dan Henderson and even Randy Couture, among others.
Luckily, returning MMA legends have many options in terms of which organization to join and who to fight. Basically it comes down to what Fedor wants. If Fedor just wants some fights and easy money, he most probably will join M-1 Global or WSOF. If he wants revenges, titles, and get big paychecks, he will team up with either Bellator or The UFC. Based on Fedor’s statements so far, the second option is more likely. Let’s speculate…
M-1 Global – Fedor is going to sign this with his eyes closed. Each tournament featuring Fedor Emelianenko will fill the arenas and stadiums. Even Ingushetia hermits will want to watch Fedor fights. All of China will travel to Beijing to catch a glimpse of Fedor beating up another little-known fighter, or retired soldier – no offense to pedro Rizzo and Jeff Monson, though. There are several other promotions in Russia who would love to sign Fedor. If Fedor signs with a Russian promotion though, it will be M-1 Global. His long-time friend Vadim Finkelstein will offer him a contract that he can’t disagree with.
World Series of Fighting (WSOF) – The American based promotion already stated their interest in signing Fedor. They even offered him an immediate title shot against heavyweight champion Blagoy Ivanonv, who he has lost to in the past at a Combat Sambo tournament. Whether the Bulgarian fighter is down with that or not, let it be anyone’s guess. Vice-President Ali Abdel-Aziz talked about a possible Fedor-Lesnar fight: “We can afford Fedor. We can afford Brock Lesnar. We can afford whatever we want to afford. But somebody has to move the needle, and I think Fedor definitely moves the needle.”
Bellator – Bellator is run by Scott Coker, the man who was the Strikeforce matchmaker, the promotion where Fedor fights took place after the end of PRIDE. The chance of Fedor signing with Bellator is high, since he has good relations to the promotions. Also, while retired, he attended some Bellator events as a special guest. Reigning Heavyweight champion Vitaly Minakov already disagreed to fight fight Fedor, if he had to decide. “He is an example, a hero to all of us. He started MMA in Russia. Therefore, I would not want to fight Fedor. But anything can happen.” Curiously, Bellator has a lot of Russian fighters and champions in their roster: former HW champ Alexandr Volkov, Welterweight champ Andrey Koreshkov, among many others. Fedor definitely can sign a contract with Bellator, but the strongest competitive heavyweights are bustling in another organization…
UFC – Hands down, UFC is the most relevant MMA organization on the planet. It would be very interesting to see Fedor in the organization, but there is an obstacle: a bad relationship between former Fedor manager Vadim Finkelchtein and UFC boss Dana White. Back in 2009 both parties were unable to agree on a contract, and it’s yet to be revealed why. Now, six years have passed and Finkelchtein stated that “Fedor holds no negative attitude to anybody.” We’ll see what this will mean. If Dana can sign Fedor, the UFC will gain even more reputation. Furthermore, Fedor has the chance to fight the best heavyweights in the world, including Heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, two of the fighters who defeated Fedor in Strikeforce. Not to long ago, Finkelchtein said that the UFC has the best opportunities to sign Fedor and that a signing is “quite possible.” Heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum would gladly like to fight Fedor: “I am hearing that Fedor is coming back. If he wants to be known as the best of all time he has to fight the best. All the best heavyweights are in the UFC. I would be willing to rematch him to solidify who is the best heavyweight of all time. But who I fight is up to the UFC.”. We would gladly like to see that fight happen!
Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”
Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:
Just make sure you don’t put cooking oil all over your body like Anderson did so it’ll be easy to grab ahold of you @lyotomachidafw 👌
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) October 17, 2017
Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”
Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.
“Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”
Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.
Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217
UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.
The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:
— Ovince Saint Preux (@003_OSP) October 19, 2017
It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.
Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.
Fight News update!!
— UFC (@ufc) October 19, 2017
This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.
With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th? Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.
*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.
Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.
Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)
Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)
Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)
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