MMA legend and recognised as GOAT by many, Fedor Emelianenko is all set to fight Bellator Light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader at the Forum in Inglewood, California this weekend. This is the final fight in the heavyweight grand prix and is built as Bellator 214.
At 42, Emelianenko has been competing on the sport’s highest stages for 18 years and is widely regarded as one of the best to ever set foot in a cage. He has fought at Bellator, Rizin fighting federation and Pride fighting championship.
Emelianenko has earned numerous MMA accolades over the years, including; 2008 Submission/Beatdown of the Year awards, 2009 Knockout of the Year awards, Heavyweight of the Year awards, Fighter of the Year awards and 2000s Fight of the Decade awards. All the major sports website by the likes of ESPN, Bleacher Report, Sports Illustrated, SB Nation and among other publications, named him as the greatest heavyweight of all time.
However despite being considered as the GOAT by everyone he hasn’t fought in world’s biggest and most recognised Mixed Martial Organisation, the Ultimate Fighting Championship(UFC).
However, even Fedor knows that his time is nearing and he can’t keep fighting for long and was recently asked during Bellator 214 media week if he had any regrets over not fighting in the UFC.
Fedor Emelianenko has “absolutely no regret” in regards to not having fought under the UFC banner:
“For me, the fame of the UFC, that’s more made up.”
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) January 25, 2019
“Absolutely no regrets, I don’t have any wish or desire to have fought in UFC. I like being in Bellator.”
“For me the fame of UFC, that’s more made up and Bellator has a very good relationship with their fighters and they treat them well.” He said.