Word on the street is that the next time you see WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko fight, it will be inside an Octagon. Reports are surfacing the Russian has finally come to terms with the UFC. President Dana White had previously hyped a July 31st conference call to “break” some big news, and this would certainly fit the billing.
The Los Angeles Times, the areas largest news outlet (although not known for its MMA coverage), is reporting that Emelianenko and his camp have agreed to join the world’s biggest MMA organization, with White officially dropping the bombshell during Friday’s call.
This news comes on the heels of last week’s “Affliction: Trilogy” tragedy where co-main event fighter Josh Barnett tested positive for steroids during a pre-fight screening. Affliction ultimately canceled the show, as well as their mixed martial arts promotional efforts.
Regardless, Emelianenko was set to be a free agent the instant his bout against Barnett was up, however nobody ever expected for this day to come.
The key issue that has prevented Fedor from fighting on MMA’s biggest stage is the fact he’s managed by Vadim Finkelchtein, who just so happens to be the owner of M-1 Global. So let’s just consider them attached at the hip.
That being said, any card that would include Emelianenko would have to be co-promoted by M-1, something that the UFC has been adamant about avoiding.
In addition to that, Emelianenko has always enjoyed the ability to fight whoever, whenever and wherever he wanted. By signing his rights away to the UFC, he can kiss all that goodbye.
Realistically, that isn’t a bad thing considering the UFC pretty much has all of the planet’s best heavyweights, and according to this LA Times report, they will soon have the very best.
Emelianenko holds a dominant 30-1 record and has been prefect through his last 26 scraps, a run spanning over eight years.
This opens the door right up for the biggest fight in MMA history as the UFC can now pair their heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar against the world’s best fighter.
Can you imagine the hoopla that would surround a “Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brock Lesnar” fight? Or would that be a “Brock Lesnar vs. Fedor Emelianenko” bout?
Who gets top billing?
Either way, what has taken place the last seven days will forever change the course of mixed martial arts history.
Unbelievable turn of events.