In 1995, Michael Jordan announced his return to basketball by faxing two simple words – “I’m back.” Well, in today’s day and age, nothing is more official than tweeting something with a #.
OK, there are more official ways of announcing something, but Fedor Emelianenko (pictured) decided to go with the a # just to prove how in-tune he is with pop culture.
It appears the most decorated heavyweight in MMA history is gearing up for a comeback. Late Tuesday night, Emelianenko posted, “#fedorisback.”
While Emelianenko’s Twitter account is not verified, it does have 280,000 followers and contains posts dating back to February 2011. It also includes many personal messages and pictures of his recent activities with Spike TV and Bellator MMA.
Speaking of which, while it is unknown exactly where Emelianenko will end up, it is nearly a foregone conclusion that he’ll resume his illustrious career with Bellator.
Emelianenko has a great relationship with Bellator president Scott Coker, who used to employ him when he ran things at Strikeforce. In addition, Emelianenko has participated in numerous promotional events for Bellator over the past year.
Emelianenko called it quits in June 2012 after putting Pedro Rizzo to sleep in merely 84 seconds.
Emelianenko made his claim to fame for his vast accomplishments in Japan’s PrideFC in the early-mid 2000′s. At one stage during his illustrious career, Emelianenko had rattled off 27 consecutive Ws.
However, some will always question his credentials because he never competed in the UFC.
The Russian had difficulties collecting wins in America under Strikeforce’s banner. After posting a victory over Brett Rogers in his promotional debut, Emelianenko was upset by Fabricio Werdum in his next outing. He was then mauled by Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and then Dan Henderson had him planking on the canvas in his last Strikeforce bout.
He snapped his three-fight losing skid by posting an uneventful unanimous decision victory over Jeff Monson. He followed that up by quickly disposing of Satoshi Ishii in Japan.
He owns an impressive 34-4 (1 N/C) professional record.
Now 38, it appears “The Last Emperor” wants to give it one last hurrah.