One of the hottest bits of news circulating the Mix Martial Arts community at the moment is the impending return to action of Fedor Emelianenko. “The Last Emperor” hung up his gloves three years ago, but as one of the most dominant heavyweights of all time, he has decided to come out of retirement.
Fedor, whose martial arts roots are founded in Judo and Sambo, has earned global recognition and respect for his devastating ground and pound style. He is undoubtedly a well-rounded fighter. On the feet, he’s heavy handed and is capable of some devastating one-punch knockouts. As a world-class grappler, Emelianenko is normally the fighter who dictates whether the fight will go to the ground or be on the feet. If the fight does go to the mat, Fedor has been known to push relentless pressure when he’s on top, and he has the skills to submit his opponents from both his guard and from a dominating position.
When the Affliction organization collapsed, UFC President Dana White pursued Emelianenko aggressively, but both sides could not reach an accord and Fedor ruled Japanese fighting organization PRIDE for many years. Now that the 38-year-old father of three has been bitten by the fighting bug once again, the hopes that he and the UFC finally see eye-to-eye.
Between 2010 and 2012, Fedor suffered three consecutive losses to top-ranked fighters, all of whom are now under contract with the UFC. If Fedor wants to kick-off his comeback with a little bit of payback, then putting pen to a UFC contract sounds promising. He lost to light heavyweight Dan Henderson, heavyweight Antonio “Big Foot” Silva, and current reigning UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum. Werdum has alaready expressed willingness to give Fedor a rematch so that both Titans can lock horns in the Octagon.
The buzz is real, folks! Will Fedor finally agree on terms with the UFC? If so, who should he battle in his comeback fight? Once the dust settles, expect betting action to be covered at Solaire Sportsbook. If you’re a Fedor fan, sign-up now by clicking Solaire Sportsbook to bet on his first fight back.
This article has been written for this website by Eric Ong, Sports Analyst/Journalist