Report: Bellator’s Scott Coker Hopes to Talk to Fedor Emelianeko to Assess Interest in Comeback
By FCF Staff
Recently Bellator President Scott Coker relayed that the promotion has reached out to former UFC champ Brock Lesnar, and now the exec has said he plans to do the same with former PRIDE champ, Fedor Emelianenko.
The 38 year-old Emelianenko retired in 2012, after closing out his career with a three fight, winning streak under the M-1 Global banner. The Russia based company co-promoted several events with Strikeforce during Coker’s tenure with the latter organization, which featured Emelianenko fighting.
In a recent interview with Sherdog.com, Coker was asked about whether he might contact the legendary heavyweight, and see if he’s thought about returning to the cage.
“I’ve heard mixed signals. The last time I talked to [his people], they were basically saying he’s retired and he’s working for the government supporting MMA, the growth of MMA in Russia,” Coker said. “I’m going to the New Year’s Eve show in Japan, so I’ll be over there and I’ll be talking to him and seeing if there’s any interest.”
Emelianenko went 1-3 in co-promoted, Strikeforce-M-1 Global events, and was stopped by Dan Henderson in his last bout competing in the U.S.
The comments regarding Fedor follow Coker’s recent statements, whereby he relayed that Bellator plans to bid for any significant free agents which come on the market, including Lesnar.