Bellator Japan: Fedor Emelianenko Not Certain Current Deal is in Fact a Retirement Tour
By FCF Staff
Fedor Emelianenko has three fights left on his current Bellator contract, which has been labeled as the legend’s retirement tour. But, the Russian heavyweight hasn’t closed the door to more bouts after that.
Emelianenko is booked to fight “Rampage” Jackson at Bellator Japan tomorrow, which is the first of three bouts in the star’s contract extension. When the deal was announced it was referred to as a retirement tour. But, when Emelianenko was asked about it recently, “The Last Emperor” stated (quote via MMA Junkie):
“That’s what we discussed, and that’s what we agreed on, but let’s see how I feel,” Emelianenko said through an interpreter. “Right now, the plan is just like Scott laid out. There’s going to be three fights, and it’s kind of a retirement tour, but when the tour is over, he said let’s see how I feel. We’ll go from there.”
The 43-year-old Emelianenko (38-6) hasn’t fought since January, when he was quickly stopped by Ryan Bader, in the finals of Bellator’s heavyweight grand prix.
Bellator Japan will take place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama.