Fedor Emelianenko Signs Contract Extension With Bellator
By FCF Staff
The fighting career of Fedor Emelianenko is going to continue, and it will do so under the Bellator banner.
Following Bellator 222, the promotion has announced that the legendary, 42-year-old heavyweight has signed a contract extension.
“I am pleased that we were able to sign Fedor, the greatest heavyweight of all time, to a new contract extension,” Bellator President Scott Coker said in a press release announcing the extension. “He is someone that I consider a friend in this business and am even more pleased that he has decided to finish his storied career with Bellator. There are exciting matchups for him here in Bellator that I know will appeal to his fans from the past, as well as new fans from his recent run in the tournament. As his time in the sport winds down, I am happy to see him close out his career on his own terms.”
“My strong friendship and respect for Scott Coker made reaching a contract extension a simple process,” said Fedor Emelianenko. “Bellator is my home – I look forward to helping Bellator continue to grow and reach its full potential as the world’s top MMA promotion.”
Emelianenko (38-6) is coming off a quick, knockout loss to Ryan Bader in January, in what was the finals for Bellator’s heavyweight grand prix. The Russian star’s next bout hasn’t been announced, but the press release stated Emelianenko is expected to fight before the year is up.