Heavyweight MMA legend Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko has long and often been deemed one of the best fighters in the game, regardless of weight class. He is recognizable as one of the most high-profile fighters not currently competing in the UFC, as the UFC brass and Emelianenko’s management team M-1 Global have yet to see eye to eye on a deal–despite several efforts. Talks of Emelianenko competing in the UFC are increasing as he is nearing the end of his current Strikeforce contract and the Russian Sambo artist explained his hesitance to compete in the UFC.
“The terms of the contract were more restrictive than what myself and my management would have liked,” he said. “I currently have a contract with Strikeforce and prefer to continue that relationship. However in the worlds of sport and business I would never say never.”
Emelianenko was recently defeated–in what many believe was the first bout that Emelianenko truly lost–by Brazilian submission ace Fabricio Werdum. His defeat was one of the biggest upsets in MMA history and he told the Daily Star that he is very interested in getting the chance to avenge that loss.
“Nothing has changed since my fight with Werdum. My training remains steady and my life has not changed. The elbow is fine – no problems at all. I’m very much looking forward to a rematch with Werdum.”