Fedor Emelianenko says that he's in talks to fight for the UFC.

Published Add your comment

Fedor Emelianenko announced less than one month ago his intention to return to the MMA fighting world, and he says it's imminent. He's also saying he's locked in talks to fight for the UFC.

The Russian believes that his fate will be concluded soon, but having turned down a multi-million dollar deal from the UFC in 2009 one can only wonder why the promotion would want the 38-year-old former PRIDE champion services now.

"Now this is being negotiated, in particular with the UFC, as well as some other promotions," said Fedor during a recent Q&A. "I think it will soon be finally determined."


Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250 word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay4

Article continues below

"As for the opponent, I would say that desire must comply opportunities. I would like to face the strongest fighters in the world – UFC champion Fabricio Werdum. Given that over three years, I did not fight during the first fight I would like to get involved (and) check for myself."

If true, the talks would show a serious change of heart from both parties after the 2009 negotiations dramatically broke down, and Fedor Emelianenko's career took a massive decline, losing three out of his four fights at the now-defunt Strikeforce.

Article continues below

It's well-known amongst the MMA community that Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta flew to an island of Venezuela to meet with the heavyweight back in '09, and offered Emelianenko a huge amount of money, and an imminent title fight against then champion Brock Lesnar at the AT&T stadium in Arlington, Texas.

No contract was agreed, and Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta flew back to the United States.


After leaving Strikeforce Fedor Emelianenko put together a three-fight win streak before retiring in 2012.

He took a greater interest in his political career, and became the minister of sport in the Russian government and was elected as the president of the Russian MMA union not long after.

He repeatedly denied rumours about returning to fight in MMA again, but in July 2015 he and his reps announced his return to the fighting world was not too far away.

"The desire to fight in my blood," Emelianenko said.

"I’m in the sport for 11 years, my whole life is training and competition. Over the years, there has been a thirst not only to participate in battles, but also to transfer their knowledge and skills. After consulting with trainers, with the support of the family, I decided to return."

If this deal does happen, it will be a fight that many thought they would never see, but until then, Fedor is only talking and not fighting.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms


Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport - UFC Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again